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Pazzo Gelato continues to head east with new DTLA location

By Hayley Fox
Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013, at 08:32AM
Photo courtesy Pazzo Gelato

Pazzo Gelato has signed a lease at Figtat7th and will open alongside the many other eateries that have debuted over the past year.

Sprinkles won't be the only way to get a sugar fix at Figat7th anymore; Pazzo Gelato has signed a lease and plans to open a new location at the DTLA retail center.

According to a press release: "The Pazzo Gelato concept is simple – use fresh fruits and herbs from local growers and markets, find the best ingredients and spices, organic where possible, and experiment with new taste combinations."

The first Pazzo opened in Silver Lake in 2006 before adding a location in Echo Park and now Downtown. Owner Mike Buch said he makes weekly visits to local Farmer's Markets to find fresh ingredients for his "small-batch" treats.

The shop is named for its gelato: A "dense" ice-cream alternative that uses whole milk instead of cream, incorporates less air and is usually about half the fat of normal ice cream. More creative flavors on their menu include Chevre (goat cheese), Chai Tea and Marzipan.

For the lactose intolerant (or adverse) as well as the vegans, Pazzo also makes their own version of sorbet that uses less sugar and "unexpected herbs and spices" to make flavors including Fleur de Cactus (prickly pear and cactus fruit) and Mango, which comes with cayenne, curry or saffron.

“Pazzo is a passion project that has found its soul in creating delicious and unique gelati and sorbetti," said Buch in a statement. "Each of our stores takes on a sense of its local community, and we can’t wait to discover the taste and preferences of downtown."

Pazzo Gelato will join the array of other eateries to open recently at the Figueroa shopping complex. Already open restaurants include Juicy Lucy, Mendocino Farms and Oleego Korean BBQ.

The gelato store is expected to open in August.


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