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    “Cozy, cool treats at CafǸ Italiano”

    Lisa Beth Earle/ Arizona Daily Wildcat

Carla Pursel and her daughter Krystal Adams, owners of Cafe Italiano, serve up some fresh gelato on Tuesday, March 23. The cafe, located on the NW corner of Swan and Grant, makes all of its gelato and sorbeto in-house from fresh local ingredients.
    Lisa Beth Earle
    Lisa Beth Earle/ Arizona Daily Wildcat Carla Pursel and her daughter Krystal Adams, owners of Cafe Italiano, serve up some fresh gelato on Tuesday, March 23. The cafe, located on the NW corner of Swan and Grant, makes all of its gelato and sorbeto in-house from fresh local ingredients.

    As the temperature begins to rise in Tucson and summer looms, relief can be found in gelato. If you think Frost is the only place to visit for gelato in town, think again. Located at the northwest corner of East Grant Road and North Swan Road, Café Italiano offers flavorful gelatos, espresso drinks, authentic thin crust pizzas and free Wi-Fi.

    The café-meets-gelateria feel is welcoming and very comfortable. The café offers an array of comfy chairs and couches surrounded by fun and brightly colored walls. Café Italiano is a nice place to study, hang out or go on a casual date. It’s low key, with friendly, laidback staff and patrons. It is quiet and comfortable. If sitting and chatting, relaxing or studying is what you’re looking for, Café Italiano has the enviroment for you.

    The spot offers a wide variety of gelato flavors as well as semifreddo, a semi-frozen custard-style ice cream. The rich gelato and creamy semifreddo offer cool relief from hot Tucson days.

    The coffee and espresso offered by Café Italiano is roasted locally at Caffé Luce. Add that to the fact that the gelato and semifreddo are made on-site and you’ve got some great homemade eats. An extensive selection of pastries is also offered, including many flavored croissants, like chocolate and almond.

    The staff of the locally owned gelateria is friendly and helpful, offering assistance in selecting a flavor or drink without any hesitation. Gluten-free and sugar-free options are also available. From creamy flavors like chocolate truffle and caramel to sorbettos like mimosa, mango and kiwi, there is something for everyone.

    If you need something to eat before hopping into dessert, try the margherita pizza. The ingredients are imported from Italy and the crust is topped with crushed tomato, fresh Mozzarella cheese, fresh basil and drizzled with olive oil.

    Café Italiano offers a wide selection of treats. The friendly staff and welcoming décor make it a perfect study spot or place to unwind after a long day on campus. The café is open weekdays until 9 p.m. and weekends until 10:30 p.m. Gelatos, sorbettos and semifreddos are also available to go.

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