Sweet Treats

Get your licks at the coolest new frozen dessert spot in South Austin

Get your licks at the coolest new frozen dessert spot in South Austin

Venezia Gelato - Austin
Venezia Gelato offers decadent ice cream in addition to unique dessert and coffee offerings. Photo by Ashlyn Allison

If your summer has been dictated by artificially flavored ice pops so far, then you should head to Venezia Gelato to up your frozen treat game.

The Italian gelato parlor recently opened at 1701 S. Lamar Blvd. and offers around 15 handcrafted gelato flavors each day. More importantly, you can currently get four summer-centric concoctions, which include a silky blend of chocolate and hazelnut called Venezia, a tart yet creamy lemon, a luscious strawberry cheesecake, and a decadent coconut and chocolate.

Behind the creation of these extravagant flavors are Venezia’s owners — and certified gelato crafters — Alice and Nicola Morello. Trained at the renowned International School of Gelato in Rimini, Italy, the couple specifically chose Austin and its “enterprising food culture” as their preferred spot to open a gelato parlor.

The duo carefully crafts the ice cream with the traditional approach used in Italy. All of the offerings are natural, with no artificial colors or hormones, and many of the gelatos are vegan and gluten-free.

Aside from the various gelato selections, the parlor has frozen gelato lollipops, pastries, made-to-order gelato cakes, real Italian espresso, American-style coffee drinks, infused teas, affogatos (a coffee-based dessert that comes with a scoop of vanilla gelato), and a gelato-filled icing-covered treat known as Mr. Ring frozen doughnuts.

If you’re looking for a new way to beat the heat, or at the very least you just want to wolf down some delicious treats, then Venezia Gelato is the place for you.

Venezia Gelato opens at noon Tuesday-Sunday, closing at 10 pm most nights with the exception of Friday and Saturday when it closes at 11 pm.