10 Best Ice Cream & Gelato Shops in L.A. (2011)

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Delicieuse, known for its goat’s milk ice cream, is closing, but that doesn’t mean Los Angeles isn’t full of fantastic ice cream and gelato shops. In fact, we’re chock-a-block with delicious frozen treats. Here are ten of our favorites.

1. Bulgarini:

There’s a reason Bulgarini Gelato is a perennial topper on Best Gelato lists. While other gelaterias do a superb job of capturing the essence of a particular flavor, Bulgarini somehow captures the flavor itself. Case Study: their pistachio gelato, which tastes like an entire grove of trees has been crushed and condensed into a single, aromatic, golf ball sized scoop. Husband and wife team Leo Bulgarini and Elizabeth Foldi make it the old fashioned way. They don’t skimp on the dairy, using milk from Broguiere’s Dairy in Montebello. They rigorously source the fruits, nuts and other flavorings that go into their gelato, which brings us back to the pistachios, imported from Bronte, a Sicilian town near Mount Etna. Everything, without qualification, at Bulgarini is excellent — a floral, mellow yellow peach vs. a deeper, more concentrated white peach; banana so creamy it might be butter; intensely fragrant mango sorbet. It’s dense, velvety, earthy and without parallel in the city of L.A. 749 E. Altadena Drive, Altadena. (626) 791-6174; 8686 Washington Blvd., Culver City. (310) 815-1723.