Like magma and dreams, gelato is a semisolid—neither solid enough to build a house upon nor liquid enough to feed to a thirsty sparrow. Treat yourself to a spoonful of this sweet matter with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 toward gelato or cappuccino at Bacio di Roma.
Simone Romano, gelato chef and owner of Bacio di Roma, employs more than 22 years of gelato-making experience to cool tongues with frozen confections forged with all-natural local and imported Italian ingredients. A small cup ($4) combines two flavors, such as caramel and sicilian pistachio, while the medium cup's trio packs enough power to sate sweet teeth or spontaneously assemble into a likeness of Michelangelo's David. To-go pints ($7) allow for scoopable enjoyment at home, and Lavazza coffee drinks help counteract cold treats with caffeinated warmth.
Bacio di Roma
There are countless gelato shops in Rome, yet Bacio di Roma managed to snag the Best Gelato in the City title by the prominent Italian food magazine, Gambero Ross. Now relocated to Baton Rouge, Roma’s talent for handcrafting decadent treats has not ceased; the owners' also operate Bacio di Roma—or Kiss from Rome—where they have earned local praise from publications such as Dig and the Daily Reveille.
Inside the Baton Rouge gelateria, staff prepare a range of flavors from all-natural ingredients. As Kendra Chamberlain of Dig learned, gelato must be created in small batches. This means that staff work up to 10 hours a day to create each batch by hand —just like in Italy, where Keebler Elves are illegal. Icy treats are paired with Lavazza coffee drinks, from espresso served straight up to lattes and chocolaty mochas. Shop successor Mario Lozanov takes pride in preserving the quality of traditional gelato flavors but welcomes new flavors such as birthday cake as well as a variety of hand-crafted desserts such as cannoli, tiramisu, and panna cotta, alongside an expanded menu featuring Italian panini sandwiches, sweet and savory crepes, soups, and salads. The shop is open during current remodeling to enhance the store's cozy and warm ambiance.