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Paolo's vs. Gelateria Modica

Between Paolo's gelato and Gelateria Modica in Charleston...which one's your favorite?

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  1. I've not been to Paolo's, only Modica, so I know that doesn't really answer your question. But I love Modica so much I can't stand the possibility of disappointment since I only get to Charleston once or twice a year. If you choose Modica, get the pistachio. It has an incredible amount of pistachio flavor.

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    1. re: danna

      This is funny, I feel the exact same way about Paolo's that you feel about Modica. The only difference is I am a local so I really have no excuse for not giving Modica a try. Paolo's reminds me of a shop in Italy, especially when he is there, they always have a bowl of water set out for dogs, and I love the flower flavors. If you want to try Paolo's without risking disappointment, the last time we were there my bf got a tiny cone for $0.75, and I really have to go give Modica a try.

    2. I was just there and had the pistachio...best I've had outside of Italy. It's nice they don't add color either. When you go again try the Fior Di Latte and the Caramel was very good as well.

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      1. re: izzizzi

        Yes, I've had the Caramel as well. Delicious. Will remember Fior De Latte next time.

        It's so nice to be validated. I went to the famous Il Labratorio del Gelato in NY a couple of weeks ago, and while it was delicious and entertaining, I didn't think it was any better than Modica.

      2. Do you know if either place serves veleno gelato? Yes, "veleno" translates as "poison" or "poison gift" but I hear it is fantastic if you can find it. I've seen it described as a combination of eggnog, coffee, and Marsala wine, but I believe it is really a combination of Zabaione (which is a Marsala-flavored egg custard) flavor and coffee flavor.

        1. wow...veleno sounds great. Both their websites list all their flavors and i didn't see that one. Maybe is it similar to zuppa inglese? i forget what's exactly in zuppa...but i never see that flavor here either.

          1. oh...just so you know...i e-mailed paolo asking why he didn't offer fior di latte in his shops, and he offered to make me a quart whenever i wanted it. maybe if you e-mailed he he could help you out.

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