When Mother and Father Cream brought siblings Icey Cream and Gelato into the wintry world, they educated one stateside while the other was sent overseas to learn within Italian freezers. Today's Groupon traces the European pathway of young Gelato all the way back home to Paciugo. For $5, you get you $10 worth of gelato, coffee, and other frozen delicacies. Hundreds of handmade flavors await curious palates at Paciugo's Hermosa Beach location.
Paciugo's Latin motto, Ante Dunio Dessertium—meaning Before Dinner, Dessert—neatly summarizes its liberal three-scoops attitude. Its milk-based gelatos contain 70% less fat than premium ice cream, thus making it 130% more okay to consume several consecutive pints' worth. A dessert that meets the FDA's standards for healthfulicious food, Paciugo's Turin recipes employ fresh and all-natural ingredients coupled with the finest fruit, nuts, chocolates and more to churn up scrumptious orbs of sweet sustenance. The gelaterie's menu ushers taste buds toward small piccolo cups ($4.29) with three scoops and up to three different flavors, such as black raspberry, amaretto chocolate chip, chocolate black-cherry swirl, black-pepper olive oil, Mediterranean sea-salt caramel, chocolate orange saffron, and many more. The medio size includes four scoops and up to four different flavors ($5.29). Go for not really that broke with a three-scoop whipped-cream-topped sundae ($5.99) or a sugar-caffeine epiphany in the form of gelato nestled in espresso or hot chocolate (regular, $5.49). Each of Paciugo's rich, creamy delights is made from whole milk, soy, and water, and no-sugar-added options are available so that a suitable flavor can match with any dietary need, unless you're allergic to joy.
While cool temperatures pry open a mouth's flavor factories, steamy rivers of Gran Miscela Caffe fill them with the rich aromas of liquid coffee beans. Coffee (12 oz., $1.69) helps to elevate the sweetness of a crisp gelato while giving cosmopolitan snackers ample opportunity to flex their sipping pinkies.
Food bloggers, including South Bay Rants n Raves, Pleasure Palate, and South Bay Foodies, are all abuzz about the generous gobs of gelato. Yelpers give it 4.5 stars, and 94% of Urbanspooners recommend it.
- As smiling customers came and went, all were warmly welcomed or thanked, some by name. It was easy to see that the cozy store was a destination, something that people really looked forward to; maybe not just for the great gelato, but also for the friendly atmosphere. I’ll be going back for both. – Michael, South Bay Foodies
- I truly loved the ambiance. The staff was also very welcoming. They are very helpful whether it's your first or 100th visit. They are very knowledgeable of their product & they always offer free samples. The gelato is always fresh, and they change their flavors every day so you're never stuck with the same old thing. The portion sizes are just right for me and the fact that its lower in calories than cold stone is a plus. – Bianca, South Bay Rants & Raves
- This place has done an excellent job of bridging the gap between fancy creamery and coffee shop. Not only is the Gelato out of this world, but has less fat than other ice cream. With over 20+ selections, which change weekly - you are certain to find two or three flavors that tickle the appetite. – Cheryl Cross, Urbanspoon
For Paciugo founder Cristiana Ginatta, gelato-making isn't just a passion, it's a family legacy. Paciugo— which means messy concoction in Italian— first opened in 2000, eventually expanding the operation to locations in 16 states. Each Paciugo location still makes its gelatos the old-fashioned way: hand-made daily, using only all-natural ingredients and absolutely no elf labor.
The Paciugo Hermosa Beach location offers 32 daily rotating fresh flavors such as mediterranean sea salt caramel, pannacotta (wedding cake), and amarena black cherry swirl and has more than 300 flavors of gelato and sorbet in their recipe handbook. To complement the chilly eats, Paciugo also serves traditional Italian cafe drinks such as cappucinos, hot tea, hot chocolate, and espressos. The Hermosa location is also known for its freshly made daily cookies, gelato sandwiches, and handmade waffle cones. Customers can also enjoy complimentary wi-fi.
1034 Hermosa Ave.
Hermosa Beach, California 90254Get Directions