San Antonio 100: The Best Pistachio Gelato Outside of Italy Is In Southtown

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I don’t really like ice cream (cue gasping, heart-clutching). There’s something about it that’s too cold, too hard, too tooth-achingly sweet.

As it turns out, co-owner of South Alamode Panini & Gelato Company Josh Biffle isn’t a big fan of ice cream either. This aversion to said creamy creation meant he’d never had gelato until he studied abroad in Italy.

Now, gelato is a huge part of Biffle’s life. He and his wife, Diletta Gallorini, co-own South Alamode Panini & Gelato Company in Southtown and are truly passionate about what they do, and it shows; every single gelato flavor at South Alamode is marvelous.

The pistachio gelato, however, is a standout. Savory and sweet, rich and creamy, it’s unlike any other cold treat in San Antonio. The other gelato flavors are also out-of-this-world good, but the pistachio has a loyal fanbase, myself included. It’s no wonder that the pistachio gelato is a staple flavor at South Alamode — it was one of the first flavors of gelato Biffle tried in Italy.

What makes South Alamode’s pistachio gelato so outstanding is, of course, the ingredients and how the gelato is made. Biffle wouldn’t disclose their top-secret recipe, but he did inform me that every batch of pistachio gelato is made with pistachios imported from Bronte, Sicily. These Italian-grown pistachios are then ground and toasted in-house and made into fresh pistachio paste.

Stop by South Alamode’s brick and mortar location at the Blue Star Arts Complex and Josh and Diletta will show you the pistachios before they are made into gelato. They’re happy to talk about how their gelato is made and give out samples of their ever-changing flavors, all of which are made fresh daily. Even if the pistachio isn’t for you, try their other flavors or mix and match. While you’re there, grab a cappuccino and enjoy the local art on the walls. Savor an authentic taste of Italy here in San Antonio.

1420 S. Alamo St., (210) 788-8000.
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