The invention of frozen yogurt led to a string of unsuccessful knockoffs, such as frosted pots of boiling water and iced firecrackers. Stick by the original with today’s Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of frozen treats at Lancia Frozen Yogurt in Chesterfield.
At Lancia Frozen Yogurt, voted one of St. Louis' top destinations for frozen treats by the Riverfront Times, more than 60 toppings pile atop frosty servings of fat-free, gluten-free frozen yogurt ($0.45/ounce). Like a globe stuck in a dryer, the eatery’s more than 70 flavors rotate, allowing diners to choose the next week’s offerings from among scores of possibilities. Homemade Belgian mini-waffles and shots of espresso ($1.75) help amp up mornings, and ordering cappuccino ($3.10) bolsters visitors’ conversational Italian. Ice-cream purists take on saccharine sustenance with chocolate or vanilla 5 percent buttercream ice cream ($0.45/ounce) or slake thirst with refreshing yogurt smoothies ($3.80).
Lancia Frozen Yogurt
Though John Lancia had a steady, successful career as a banker, he couldn't shake the fond memory of the days he spent in Italy during college, playing soccer, sipping espresso, and eating gelato at Sicilian cafés. Lancia Frozen Yogurt is the realization of John's longtime dream, where visitors can convene over frozen treats named one of the top three desserts in town by the Best of Chesterfield in 2012. Humming self-serve machines line the walls, churning out an ever-changing selection of more than 50 flavors of frozen yogurt—including some that are free of sugar, fat, and gluten—as well as traditional chocolate and vanilla ice cream. Colorful bins and bowls of nearly 60 toppings are on display, filled to the brim with candy, nuts, cereal, and fresh fruit.
The majority of the products featured—from the yogurts to the Fitz's sodas—come from local suppliers. The staff turns to the community for guidance when choosing its next yogurt flavors, tallying the votes of customers on a board and testing out new creations by placing bowls of yogurt in the forest and counting how many raccoons come running. A selection of ricotta-filled, chocolate-dipped cannolis and ricotta puffs satisfies sweet teeth without making them chatter. And to counter the chilliness of frozen yogurt, staff also serve up warm cups of handcrafted espresso, cappuccino, and latte drinks.