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 in Brookfield or in Wauwatosa's Mayfair 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 ($3.99) with four scoops and up to four 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 in a larger size ($4.71). Go for not really that broke with a smooth gelato shake ($4.50) or a sugar-caffeine epiphany in the form of gelato nestled in espresso or hot chocolate (also $4.50). 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.
Customers of Paciugo’s are too busy enjoying their frozen treats to write reviews, but the Brookfield location does have three Yelpers giving it a 3.5 star average:
- Every time I go I order the small which comes with my choice of 4 flavors. I think everyone will tell you that it is not easy picking just 4! – Insun M.
- The Vanilla Sea Salt and Chocolate Piccante went very well together and the Pistachio was one of the best of that flavor I have ever had. – Richard S.