Pistachio Gelato at Paciugo

May 13, 2013 No Comments by Champagne Girl

We all have one thing that we can never say no to, and for me it is pistachio gelato. My love of pistachios began when I was about 5 years old and I was out grocery shopping with my grandpa. He purchased a bag of pistachios and I was fascinated with how he would pop open each little shell and take out the prized pistachio. For me, it was a fun way to enjoy such a delicious little treat. That was the day I fell in love with pistachios. :)

I enjoy pistachios in many ways but my absolute favorite is pistachio gelato. On my first trip to Italy back in 1999, I found a gelateria in the Piazza Navona in Rome that made an incredible pistachio gelato. I stopped by every day during my trip and the flavor has been forever etched in my brain. While I have had many delicious versions of this mouth-watering flavor, nothing can compare to what I experienced at Paciugo Gelato & Caffè in St. Petersburg last week.

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Located on the dazzling Beach Drive, Paciugo is a major attraction for visitors and locals. I was walking all around downtown St. Pete last week on a particularly warm day and when I spotted their sign, I decided to pop in and see what they offered. My eyes immediately spotted my beloved pistachio and I just had to order some. While talking with manager Brad, I learned that Paciugo offers 26 Gelato flavors made fresh daily including 6 dairy free flavors.

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I sampled a few flavors such as Mediterranean Salted Caramel, Baci, Strawberry Balsamic, Violet and Lime Mojito.  Each one I sampled was fantastic and was some of the best gelato I have ever had. Did you know that their gelato has 70% less fat than premium ice creams? Even more of a reason to stop by and enjoy their incredible gelato.

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I wound up enjoying a nice cup of both pistachio and baci gelato. Baci is a chocolate-hazelnut flavor and tastes a lot like Nutella!!! It was fantastic. I am so glad I found Paciugo and am anxious to return. Be sure to stop by if you are in the area, you will thank me for it!

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I hope you all have a great week!

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