Allegro: Il Gelato Naturale

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Meet Ivan Lucchina, general manager of Allegro: Il Gelato Naturale at 446 N. Campbell Ave., Suite 120. He moved here all the way from Italy to make gelato and sorbet for you. He has cool rotating display cases and two degrees from Carpigiani Gelato University.

The fruit flavors are made with 50 percent fruit and actually taste like what they say they are. Flavors like carrot and fennel stand out against more traditional flavors like tiramisu and chocolate. There are 24 flavors in all, and Lucchina uses natural ingredients to make it all right there.

The interior design consists of cute little orange stools, glass tables and LED lights all over the place. It sparkles with an operating room’s cleanliness, and those rotating gelato cases give it a space-age feel. It’s smart, clean and hip and a very welcome addition to the offerings in the UA area.

Prices range from $3.50 to $5, and a pint to go is $10. There’s coffee, hot chocolate and other stuff. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sunday through Thursday; and 10:30 a.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday.

Call 207-1991 for more information.

(On a side note: I couldn't wait until I got home to try the tiramisu stuff, so I started spooning it into my mouth with my fingers on the drive home. I had to stop myself when I realized I was licking my hands like a crazy person at the stoplight at First Avenue and Grant Road. A woman in a blue coat looked at me from the crosswalk with a disgusted look on her face. Undeterred, I dug into the other pint of mango. Warning: This stuff is really freaking good. That is all.)

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