One of the great simple pleasures of traveling abroad is stumbling upon a restaurant frequented by locals, followed closely by bathing in gelato and loudly explaining why everything in America is better. Replicate that feeling with today’s Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of sandwiches and gelato at Cafe Fudgelato in Alameda.
Owner Tony Doumitt applies his years of tutelage under gourmet gurus and restaurateurs to craft Cafe Fudgelato’s menu of sweet and savory café comfort fare. Fresh, verdant salads, such as the Crown Memorial Cobb ($8.50) grace tables with colorful delectability, and panini sandwiches such as the South Shore, stacked with roast beef, cheddar, and sun-dried-tomato aioli ($6.95), roll hot off the presses before being tossed onto the palates of sandwich subscribers each morning. Patrons can also design their own cold sandwich from fresh bakery breads, condiments, cheeses, and cold cuts such as pan-roasted turkey, prosciutto, salami, pastrami, and roast beef ($5.95+).
In addition to savory bites, Cafe Fudgelato boasts 24 rotating flavors of gelato ($1.95+)—an Italian concoction possessing a richer texture and firmer handshake than regular ice cream. As diners digest their mealtime decisions in the comfort of the café or outside in open-air sidewalk seating, they can drink in the perky percolations of a coffee ($1.50/12 oz., $1.65/16 oz.) or espresso ($1.50/single, $1.75/double), made from oak-roasted beans and served with a complimentary taste of homemade fudge.