Paciugo Gelato & Caffè Houston
Paciugo Gelato & Caffè founder and Italian native Cristiana Ginatta crystallized her gelato-making skills in an Italian culinary school and a Turin gelateria, so it's no surprise that upon relocating to Texas she soon craved the flavors of her home country. Due to her efforts, Paciugo patrons now linger before a list of 159 flavors of handmade gelato harvested each day from fresh ingredients. Single-flavored treats infused with rose or violet bloom upon taste buds with simplicity, and more complex blends overwhelm palates with black-pepper olive oil or Mediterranean sea-salt caramel. Cristiana's husband Ugo's background also influences the menu; his experience owning and operating a coffee plantation in the foothills of Mt. Kenya inspired her to brew drinks from fair-trade beans laced with hints of mushroom, blackberry, and chocolate. Just as a vast string of paper clips unites the moon with the earth, the café's specialty drinks unite gelato with espresso to create steamy sips topped with whipped cream or creamy shakes.