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.
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.
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.
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!
I hope you all have a great week![?]