Ice cream is to gelato as flightless superheroes are to their winged and caped companions, as you no doubt recall from your SATs. Today's Groupon to Gelateria del Leone satisfies the basic human need to one-up one's neighbor with $20 worth of gelato, coffee, and more for $10. Sauce Magazine readers named Gelateria del Leone one of their top three favorite frozen desserts in 2008 and 2009.
Amid the warm glow of lit-up cabinets, pendant lights, and polished wood counters, Gelateria del Leone offers decadent gelato in nutty, rich, and fruity flavors such as pistachio, blueberry, caramel, and mint chocolate, and even spaghetti (your choice of gelato, pressed and topped with berry sauce and white chocolate, $4.95). Gelato comes in three sizes ($2.95, $3.60, $4.25), which can accommodate two, three, or four flavors respectively in one cup or cone. If your boring old milkshake draws an insufficient number of boys to your yard, simply choose a gelato flavor and let the pros blend it into a gelato shake ($4.55). Accompany your sweet treat with a caffe latte ($2.55–$3.45) or an Italian soda (Pellegrino with choice of flavored syrup, $2.75), best enjoyed amid the string lights and fountains of Gelateria del Leone's back patio. If you want to show your savory tooth that you love it just as much as its sweet-tooth sibling, Gelateria del Leone offers delicious flatbreads and paninis ($7.95 each) such as the prosciutto and kalamata flatbread and the portabella and red-pepper panini. For a light yet filling lunch, pair a caprese salad ($5.95) with the vegetarian tomato bisque ($4.50).
Denser, richer, and more hardcore than ice cream (it's made with considerably less cream, considerably less churned air, and considerably more fresh ingredients), each pillowy scoop of gelato goodness will warm your heart despite its frozen exterior, not unlike your emotionally distant dad. Delight children of all ages, as well as the most grizzly of grizzled adults in your life, with a gift of today's Groupon to Gelateria del Leone.
The Post-Dispatch adores Gelateria del Leone's gelato, saying:
- The caramel gelato was slightly buttery and redolent with burnt sugar sweetness. It was perfectly complemented by the light banana gelato, which had the fragrant, tropical taste of a real banana enhanced by gelato's incredible, semifrozen texture. The chocolate gelato was deep and vibrant, with a pleasant, bittersweet edge — a perfect marriage with wonderfully luscious peanut butter gelato, spiked with salty nuts. – Betha Whitlow, Post-Dispatch
- Some of the gelato flavors rotate, so each trip in you can experience something new. Everyone working there is super friendly and it is a nice place to settle in with a friend and chat or to bunker down and get some studying done! – Ranya, Urbanspoon
- The staff is incredibly friendly and the gelato is delicious and well-priced… – kat, Urbanspoon