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 $10 worth of gelato, coffee, and other frozen delicacies. Hundreds of handmade flavors await curious palates at Paciugo's Overland Park location inside the Oak Park Mall.
Paciugo's Latin motto, Ante Dunio Dessertium —meaning Before Dinner, Dessert—neatly summarizes its liberal three-scoops attitude. Its luscious cold creams 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 ($3.69) 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 ($4.29). Go for not really that broke with a three-scoop whipped-cream-topped sundae ($5.49) or a sugar-caffeine epiphany in the form of gelato nestled in espresso or hot chocolate (regular, $5.99). 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., $1.79) helps to elevate the sweetness of a crisp gelato while giving cosmopolitan snackers ample opportunity to flex their sipping pinkies.
This deal is only valid at the Overland Park location.
Customers of Paciugo’s Overland Park location are too busy enjoying their frozen treats to write reviews. The Kansas City Star's Ink magazine featured the Oak Park Mall location when it opened. Six Yelpers give a nearby location in Leawood an average of 4.5 stars, and 93% of Urbanspooners recommend it:
- Gelato is like ice cream’s sexy Italian cousin: It’s lower in fat and calories, but it’s really dense and rich-tasting, thanks to low air content and super-fine ice crystals. – Sarah Benson, Ink magazine/Kansas City Star
- Mmmmmm, Geltao [sic] is as good as it gets! – Carly B, Yelp
- Their flavors are delicious! And they will let you try em all! – Diana K., Yelp
Evoking the enjoyable meltiness of a cool scoop of gelato on a hot day, Paciugo Gelato takes its name from the Italian word for messy concoction, rousing palates with unique gelato flavors crafted with Old-World tastes. Founder Cristiana Ginatta’s family recipes come to life as staffers fuse fresh fruits and all-natural ingredients into decadent milk-, water-, or soy-based gelato and sorbet. The sweet scoops boast 70% less fat than regular ice cream or soft-serve obtained from chilly Alaskan cows. Patrons can test-drive the shop’s diversely flavored bounty before committing to a flavor such as carrot cake, butter pecan, or tiramisu in its less solid form. Guests can score flavors without added sugar—including strawberry milk—to trick their sweet teeth into happiness. Paciugo also carries a host of coffee drinks ranging from Paciugo Miscela, a bold Vienna roast, to Gran Crú, a light roast from Kenya.