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, where $5 gets you $10 worth of coffee and frozen delicacies. Hundreds of handmade flavors await curious palates at two locations—on State Street and in the West Towne Mall food court.
Paciugo specializes in sub-zero refreshment that contains 70% less fat than ice cream, thus making it 130% more justified to eat consecutive pints of the frigid stuff. A dessert that meets the FDA's standards for healthful foods, Paciugo's Turin recipes employ fresh and all-natural ingredients to craft the perfect scoops of sweet sustenance. The gelaterie's menu ushers taste buds toward small (piccolo) cups ($3.74) 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 ($4.60,), or opt for the grande ($5.35) for extra-empty stomach cavities. Each of Paciugo's rich, creamy delights is made from whole milk, soy, or water so that a suitable flavor can match with any dietary need, unless you're allergic to joy.
Where cool temperatures pry open a mouth's flavor factories, steamy rivers of Gran Miscela Caffè fill them with the rich aromas of liquid coffee beans. Coffee helps to elevate the sweetness of a crisp gelato while giving cosmopolitan snackers ample opportunity to flex their sipping pinkies.
- The advent of Paciugo to the State Street area gives Madisonians the opportunity to have a taste of traditional Italian desserts without having to actually travel trans-Atlantic. The gelato gives people a new spin on an old favorite of ice cream, and the flavors and character of the building, which is enhanced with free Wi-Fi, all work together to create an overall enjoyable experience – Ashley Jacobs, Badger Herald
- Amazing array of flavors, get 3 of them (the weirder the better), and then go back for more. – ryan t., Yelp
138 West Towne Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53719Get Directions