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1. Gelato Bar
Gail Silverton’s little spot serves the most intensely flavored gelati we found. Scoops of berry, banana, and honey-fig mascarpone taste plucked from an orchard, coffee is turbocharged, and the chocolate sorbetto is as rich as Bill Gates. » 4342 1/2 Tujunga Ave., Studio City, 818-487-1717.
2. Pazzo Gelato
Supremely textured gelati, cheery service, good prices, streetside tables, and flavors like chocolate-orange, curry-coconut, mascarpone-ginger, and European yogurt make us love this place. » 3827 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake, 323-662-1410.
The golden vanilla, banana with chocolate ribbon, and riso, studded with rice, won us over. Stand warned: It’s a cash-only outfit. » 9461 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-285-2045.
4. Caffe Primo
This busy café is built on the success of its prior incarnation as a tiny, hidden gelato bar. Co-owner Tony Riviera is the master behind the recipes, which include outstanding mango, melon, and panna cotta renditions. » 8590 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-289-8895.