Photos: Get the scoop — or two — on area’s best frozen sweets

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From our summer dining issue, here’s a round-up by Emma Gallegos of the area’s best chilly treats — now with extra photographic goodness:
  • BULGARINI GELATO
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Leo Bulgarini ships the high-quality ingredients for his gelatos all the way from Italy if he has to, but it’s all made on site in Altadena and offered up with these irresistible words: “Try this, I just made it this morning.” Some of the flavors are straight-up delicious — fruit sorbets and granita flavored with the real melon, citrus and pineapples, a hazelnut gelato that’s more nutty than nutella. Some of the flavors are strangely delicious, like the goat cheese with chocolate nibs: creamy, slightly sweet and then there are these little flecks of hardened goat cheese and bitter chocolate. How about yogurt with celtic salt or olive oil? It’s just pazzo enough to work. 749 East Altadena Drive, Altadena, (626) 791-6174, bulgarinigelato.com



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  • FOSSELMAN’S ICE CREAM CO.
Fosselman’s revels in its old-school status, as well it should after nearly 90 years in the San Gabriel Valley. There are even old pewter ice cream molds from an era when people cared about the shape of their ice cream. But if Fosselman’s prides itself on being old school, it’s also forward-thinking with its flavors and flavor combinations like taro, banana Heath bar, pumpkin mole or horchata and sorbets, like blackberry cabernet, tequila lime sorbet and a frothy pink champagne. 1824 W. Main Street, Alhambra, (626) 282-6533, fosselmans.com
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  • LOS REYES
This Lincoln Heights shop serves all those familiar aguas frescas flavors — tamarind, watermelon and jamaica — both as aguas frescas and ice cream flavors. Those flavors come in sorbets but there are also creamy renditions of walnut and mamey. A huge styrofoam cup with three scoops will set you back just $3. It’s delicious, super-cheap and close enough to Dodger Stadium that it won’t melt by the time you get into your seats. Not that we’d condone that. 2707 North Broadway, Los Angeles, (323) 221-7731


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  • PARADIS
A lighter but incredibly creamy kind of gelato by way of Denmark has made its way to Old Town Montrose with recipes that seem to violate the laws of chemistry. Take their strawberry ice cream: it’s made with water yet it’s just as smooth and creamy as the other full-bodied flavors. They all hew closely to their origins. The pistachio is nutty — it almost crosses the line into savory territory — and the cinnamon reminds you of the spice, not the red hot candy. 2323 Honolulu Ave., Montrose, (818) 248-1004, paradis-icecream.com
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(Photos by Walt Mancini and Sarah Reingewirtz / Staff)

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