It’s National Ice Cream Month! Plus, it’s ridiculously hot, so ice cream’s pretty much the only thing on our minds lately. Here, we’re rounding up our favorite ice cream and gelato spots around Southwest Florida:
Sub Zero Ice Cream and Yogurt
Being at Sub Zero is kind of like watching an episode of Bill Nye. Here, you pick your cream, flavors and toppings, then, with a blast of liquid nitrogen, they’re transformed into ice cream right in front of you. The lines can get long at times (science can’t be rushed, people), but the experience is worth the wait.
2359 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples (Shoppes at Vanderbilt)
Adelheidi’s Organic Sweets
When it comes to frozen treats, we’re OK with picking favorites, and Adelheidi’s wins. All the ingredients are organic and fresh, fresh, fresh, with the most unique flavors in Naples (like strawberry basil, blueberry lavender, mango chili … you kind of have to try them.)
505 Fifth Ave. S., Naples
We love Barbatella not just for its great wood-fired pizzas (and that truffle popcorn…) but also because of the adorable little gelato shop right across the courtyard. Their homemade Italian ices, gelatos and sorbets are a perfect addition to your after-dinner stroll along Third.
1290 Third St. S., Naples
Regina’s Ice Cream Pavilion
More than ever, we’re relishing life’s simple pleasures. Regina’s on Fifth Avenue South is like taking a step back in time, with retro ’50s decor, juke box tunes and old-fashioned ice cream sundaes and malts. Fun fact: The store’s namesake, Regina, was actually a parrot who used to be a regular behind the counter.
825 Fifth Ave. S., Naples
This family-owned gelateria served up fresh, homemade Italian gelato made just like they do in Italy (because that’s where the owner, Fabrice Molrazel, learned to do it firsthand). Even the caramel sauce for their caramel sea salt gelato is homemade. Love Nutella? The Nutella and banana crepe with a scoop of strawberry sorbet on the side is guaranteed to be your jam.
190 Royal Palm Drive, Marco Island (The Shops of Olde Marco); 8807 Tamiami Trail N., Naples (Market Place at Pelican Bay)
Where do you always go for ice cream in Southwest Florida? Leave a comment below!