When Mother and Father Cream brought siblings Icey Cream and Gelato into the wintry world, they educated one stateside while the other was sent overseas to learn within Italian freezers. Today's Groupon traces the European pathway of young Gelato all the way back home to America: for $5, you get $10 worth of gelato, coffee, and other frozen delicacies at Paciugo. Hundreds of handmade flavors await curious palates at Paciugo's Fort Worth and The Parks at Arlington locations.
Paciugo's Latin motto, Ante Lucrum Nomen, meaning "Reputation Before Profit," neatly summarizes its liberal three-scoops attitude. Its luscious cold creams contain 70% less fat than premium ice cream, thus making it 130% more okay to consume several consecutive pints' worth. Each of their Turin recipes employ fresh and all-natural ingredients coupled with the finest fruit, nuts, chocolates and more to churn up scrumptious orbs of sweet sustenance. The gelateria's menu ushers taste buds toward small piccolo cups ($3.77) with three scoops and up to three different flavors, such as black raspberry, amaretto chocolate chip, chocolate black-cherry swirl, black-pepper olive oil, Mediterranean sea-salt caramel, chocolate orange saffron, and many more.
The medio size includes four scoops and up to four different flavors ($3.64). Go for not-really-that-broke with a piccolo festa pack, which hosts a three flavor lick-a-thon for three to five tongue owners ($10.99), or experience a glacial epiphany in liquid form with a gelato frizzante, which blends gelato with sparkling water or soda ($5.93). Each of Paciugo's rich, creamy delights is culled from whole milk, soy, or water, and no-sugar-added options are available so that a suitable flavor can match with any dietary need, unless you're allergic to joy.
Dallas Morning News named Paciugo one of the best places for frozen treats in Dallas-Fort Worth in 2008. WFAA named it the Top Ice Cream Shop in 2009. Pegasus News named it the Best Place for Frozen Treats as part of its DFW's Ultimate Best list in 2010.
- The smooth, luscious treat tastes so rich it's hard to believe it has 70 percent less fat than premium ice cream. – K.H., Dallas Morning News
- That Paciugo has impeccable gelato made by natives of Italy is reason enough to love it. That it is based in Dallas is reason to love it further. That it is able to cross the divide between pleasing the ice-cream-loving consumer while impressing discriminating foodies is the cherry on the sundae. – Pegasus News