- $6 for $10 worth of hand-made gelato
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Stay for a while. Gelato Bar doesn't just get its recipes from Italy—it also borrows a slow, cafe sensibility, encouraging guests to read the paper or play chess for as long as they like. Stripes of yellow, blue, and green charge the room with an electric strain of joy, and a commitment to natural ingredients—even the soft drinks are free of high-fructose corn syrup—means visitors can eat up to one million cups of gelato with no ill effect.
But perhaps the most important Italian import is Alessandro Bona. The professional gelato artisan brings techniques from the old country, and custom-makes every single dollop. The 24 daily varieties include traditional flavors, such as straciatella and pistachio, plus innovative options such as lavender, pumpkin, and salted caramel. An array of sorbettos, meanwhile, trade gelato's almond-milk base for a more crystalline foundation, and gelatos made from Greek yogurt offer a healthier alternative.
Despite Gelato Bar's name, it's home to a variety of eats. La Brea Bakery, Cafe Monkey, and other local sweets purveyors stock the bistro's shelves with baked desserts, plus savory entrees like paninis and strombolis. And then there's the coffee, which baristas brew from the organic, fair-trade beans of independent roasters.