The 10 Best Places for Gelato in Connecticut!

Get transported by the flavors of Italy at one of Connecticut’s many authentic gelaterias. Offering flavors ranging from espresso, to tiramisu, to pistachio, and more, the best gelato spots in the Nutmeg State are serving up only the best. Here are our 10 favorites!  

1. Gelatissimo Artisan Gelato, New Canaan, CT

Gelatissimo’s Italian owners ensure that their gelato tastes just like it does in Italy. The gelato is homemade fresh in-store and flavors vary daily from their approximately 60 offerings. The velvety smooth texture and rich flavors are apparent just by looking in Gelatissimo’s glass cases. Savor the delicious dulce de leche, cappuccino, coconut, or chocolate mint.

2. Vecchitto’s Italian Ice, Middletown, CT

Vecchitto’s is a seasonal establishment that serves homemade Italian ice and gelato from Memorial Day until Labor Day. Try the really delicious almond chocolate gelato with toasted almonds, rich raspberry gelato, and all of their other flavors.

3. Johnny Gelato, Ridgefield, CT

This father-daughter run business is a local favorite for cones and cups of gelato and even handmade gelato sandwiches. Mouthwatering flavors include sea salt chocolate fudge, carrot cake gelato, and even cake batter gelato. The sweet stand-out here are the handmade gelato sandwiches like white chocolate chunk gelato between two snickerdoodle cookies.

4. La Fenice, Greenwich, CT

Find traditional Italian gelato, pastries, and coffee at the Italian owned La Fenice. Opt for a scoop of their chocolate, strawberry, or delicious cookies and cream. They also have a small seating area, so diners can opt to savor their ice creams in-store.

5. J. Foster Ice Cream, Simsbury, CT

J. Foster Ice Cream serves ice cream, gelato, and sorbet. Trained by Italian gelato makers, J. Foster offers visitors an authentic taste of Italy with their gelatos. Try blueberry, bacio, which is a blend of hazelnuts and cocoa, limoncello, espresso, and tiramisu. For lactose-free visitors, J. Foster’s has numerous flavors of sorbet including papaya, apple cider, and cucumber melon mint.

6. Gusnova Gelato, West Hartford, CT

Treat yourself to a sweet scoop of gelato while browsing the shops at West Farms Mall. Gusnova Gelato can be found on the lower level, although we’re sure that any sweets-lover would easily be able to sniff them out. Gusnova Gelato offers rum raisin, vanilla chocolate cookie, chocolate, pistachio, and more. 

7. Volta Creperia, Stamford, CT

At Volta Creperia, you’ll find salads, sandwiches, crepes, and delicious gelatos. Try a sweet crepe topped with chocolate sauce, strawberries, bananas, and a scoop of gelato. Or try one of their other brunch items followed by a dish of vanilla or pistachio gelato.

8. Mozzicato de Pasquale, New Haven and Plainville, CT

This traditional Italian café is both a belly-up to the bar establishment and a sit-down café that serves Italian cookies, cakes, gelato, and granita. Check out their display case of gelato, featuring traditional Italian flavors such as pistachio, tiramisu, stracciatella, and chocolate.

9. Koko’s Café, Darien, CT

Do you love gelato from Connecticut’s favorite Gelato Giuliana? Head to Koko’s for a variety of Gelato Giuliana’s flavors as well as crepes and a cup of Illy Coffee. Koko’s has 16 sweet gelato flavors that can be used to create sundaes, banana splits, or milkshakes.

10. Gelato Giuliana, Multiple locations

Many of Connecticut’s best gelaterias, stores, and restaurants serve gelato from Giuliana’s, a local Connecticut business. Stop by your nearby seller to take home a pint to savor while relaxing at home. The blood orange raspberry is a definite favorite as is the coconut, lemon, and espresso. But do be sure to keep the gelato at the suggested temperature for the best eating experience.

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