Like magma and dreams, gelato is a semisolid—neither solid enough to build a house upon nor liquid enough to feed to a thirsty sparrow. Indulge in nebulous deserts with today’s Groupon to Paciugo Gelato & Caffè. Choose between the following options:
- For $5, you get $10 worth of gelato and coffee.
- For $15, you get an 8-inch cake (a $30 value).<p>
Owners Cristiana and Ugo Ginatta channel their extensive experience with and adoration of creamy gelato and inky cups of coffee to curate Paciugo Gelato & Caffè’s selection of cold and hot treats. Cristiana’s culinary training in the fine art of milk whispering informs the shop’s rotating selection of more than 250 gelati and sorbet concoctions, which are whipped up daily onsite with fruit, chocolate, and nuts and sport soy, sugar-free, and water-based options.
Adorn a cup or waffle cone ($3.49–$5.88) with three to five scoops of flavors such as rose-chocolate chip, coffee mocha swirl, or vanilla lavender or simultaneously slurp a creamy shake ($5.49) alongside a cup of brewed coffee ($1.79–$1.99) or espresso ($1.89), all expertly selected by Ugo for their flavor and occasional dark humor. Cakes, meanwhile, feed up to 12 people or one Cerberus with dense slices drizzled with chocolate, caramel, nuts, and other toppings.
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.