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Bulgarini Gelato

Map & Directions 749 E. Altadena Drive
Altadena, CA 91001
  • Dessert, Gelato, Ice Cream, Italian
  • Sun 10am-9pm, Thu 4pm-8:30pm, Fri 1pm-10:30pm, Sat 10am-10:30pm
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Catering, Kid Friendly, Takeout
  • Snack Food
  • No Alcohol
  • Reservations Not Necessary
  • Parking Lot Available


LA Weekly's Description

Leo Bulgarini is the wrong guy to mouth off to the day after his beloved AS Roma squad drops a game to Genoa or Inter Milan. His gelati are labeled only in Italian, and his standards are so famously strict that he has been known to pull his delicious sorbetti from the menus of restaurants and the freezer cases of retailers that in one way or another fail to come up to his standards. A big photograph on the wall of his Altadena shop shows him making an obscene Italian gesture to a giant Sicilian ice cream plant. But the gelateria, the love child of Roman expat Bulgarini and his Altadena-raised wife, Elizabeth Foldi, is a singular, perfect blossom in a world of international sweets conglomerates and by-the-book mixes: fragrant Sicilian pistachio gelato, vivid blood orange sorbetto, subtle cinnamon cream and dark, smoky chocolate gelati flavored with orange peel, with fresh hazelnuts or with rum. And Leo probably pulls the best espresso shot in the San Gabriel Valley when he's in the mood, a thick, syrupy thimbleful made with an antique Italian machine. If you don't believe me, ask him yourself.

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Tips from foursquare

  • LA Weekly on 12/29/10

    Featured on LA Weekly's 99 Essential Restaurants!

  • Los Angeles Times on 06/05/13

    Some delicious examples: pistachio flavored with nuts hand-carried back from the Sicilian pistachio village Bronte, or rich goat's milk gelato spiked with roasted cacao nibs

  • AD N. on 03/07/10

    Try anything w/ goat milk or olive oil.

  • Food Network on 08/17/11

    On The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Aarti Sequeira cools off with a sweet and savory Italian treat, the Torta Gelato with Chocolate and Pistachio, at Bulgarini Gelato. Find more tips at Food Network Local.

  • samantha on 04/20/12

    Tangerine granita, lemon cream gelato and chocolate orange gelato. Gorgeousness.

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