Long reserved for Roman emperors, gelato became a populist favorite when the declining popularity of cattle gladiator matches freed up cows to produce more milk. Sample a dairy delicacy with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of all-natural gelato and more from Allegro Il Gelato Naturale on North Campbell Avenue and East 6th Street.
At Allegro il Gelato Naturale, two native Italians, one of whom is a graduate of Carpigiani Gelato University in Bologna, use old-world recipes to create fresh gelato daily. Their frozen treat is free of concentrates and artificial flavors, made instead from whole organic milk and natural stabilizers such as guar gum and hugs. These choice ingredients form both traditional and unusual flavors, including chocolate, custard, hazelnut, and mint ($3.50–$5 for a cup, $4.25–$5.75 for a cone). Allegro's treatmakers also prepare seasonal sorbets in flavors such as pear, apple, and kiwi, using only fresh fruit, real sugar, and mountain spring water. On colder days, sip a soothing hot chocolate ($2.50) or eye-opening espresso ($2).
Two stainless-steel rotating freezer capsules display flavors in the sleek shop, irritating sweet-toothed birds who keep bumping into the clear force-field covering the creamy desserts. Ask for a sample before committing to a tantalizing choice.