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Scoops vs. Pazzo Gelato?

We have friends/family coming in from out of town and want to take them to try unusual flavor combination gelato/sorbet. I've read good things about both places, but would like to know which one is really worth the drive from the Pasadena area?


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  1. Both good but Scoops wins the unique and unusual flavors contest by a long shot!!!

    1. I would vote for Pazzo -- the combinations are creative and sometimes offbeat, but always calibrated to actually work as an ice cream flavor rather than just be a novelty. The gelato is fairly expensive but it's very good quality. Plus you can check out Intelligentsia Coffee across the street, and Silver Lake Cheese if you want.
      Scoops is also fun to try, but the flavors are often too wacky to really work (large chunks of blue cheese floating around in your gelato, for example) and although the price is very reasonable, the gelato itself isn't that spectacular without the crazy combos.

      1. Go to both!

        Okay, Scoops is best if your friends are wacky. Also, if they're really into bikes this place is cool next door: http://www.bicyclekitchen.com/

        Pazzo is more for everyone and there's stuff do within walking distance. More tables too.

        1. I'd say Scoops by a long mile. The flavors are really great - sure, there are the experiments, but there are a lot of more recognizable flavors, too - and the product is just superior. I've found Pazzo Gelato's product to be pretty unsatisfying on the whole, with a weird mouthfeel and strange aftertaste reminiscent of Mashti "Emulsifiers Are Awesome!" Malone's. Scoops' product seems, for a lack of better terms, cleaner and fresher, and that's why I go there. In fact, I'd even choose Al Gelato over Pazzo Gelato.

          1. Stay away from SCOOPS!!!!
            Then I wont have to wait for my yummy ice cream...the less people, the better for me...yum!!!
            Brown Bread!
            Vanilla Bean/Jim Beam!!!
            and anything else...mmm!!!

            1. Pazzo! I crave the mascarpone gelato there. All in all I am still a loyal Mashti fan.

              1. I don't think Pazzo is all that unusual... if you're going to get gelato, why not go to Bulgarini in Altadena?

                1. Going to go with scoops on this one. Strawberry Jasmine?!?! I mean, come on! Pure heaven.

                  Plus, the atmosphere feels less stuffy and the people working love giving out samples.

                    1. I just got back from scoops. I successfully avoided the temptation to get Brown Bread as usual, but I did get peanut butter and anise while my buddy got black sesame and ginger.

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                      1. re: SauceSupreme

                        Sauce, it is also very tough for me to stray away from the brown bread haha.

                        did anyone try his Apple Pie ice cream last week? solid.

                        heard you and ErikM of LTHforum got some good eating done. guy is a true foodie.

                        1. re: SauceSupreme

                          since this thread justifies comparo between ice cream vs. gelato, I'd still have to say Bulgarini rocks Scoops. Equally fresh ingredients, better texture, no need for eccentric - though tasty - flavors.

                          1. re: TonyC

                            The difference in quality between Bulgarini and Scoops for me isn't worth the difference in distance between Altadena and E-Ho. I think Bulgarini is great, especially the pistachio, but that's a long haul away from Hollywood.

                        2. Here's the deal.
                          Scoops isn't gelato per se, but something hovering in between true gelato and true ice cream. It has lower milkfat than ice cream (which is one of the properties of gelato). Tai Kim doesn't really care about labels, he's fine with people calling it ice cream. He never boasts that it's "authentic" gelato anyway. People love Scoops because the flavors are not only ingenious, but the ingredients are fresh (if you want to consider Oreos fresh food, that is) :))

                          Pazzo other other hand more resembles true gelato, but on the downside, uses powdered flavoring, as most gelato joints do. Even the owner of a very popular pizza joint that most of you here rave about told me he went down to Pazzo one day and described it as "chalky."

                          1. I love Scoops for its exotic concoctions.

                            Never been to Pazzo. What are the must try flavors?

                            1. Pazzo: each time we tried, the product was over frozen or over aged.