A Field Guide for Finding Boston’s Freshest, Creamiest Gelato

By Eric Twardzik
The Best Gelato in Boston
Table Caffe | Credit: Brian Samuels

A direct flight to Italy isn’t a prerequisite for enjoying great gelato. Ice cream’s smoother, denser cousin—more slowly churned, and made with a lower fat content—is in good local standing around Boston. From the dessert menus of some of our favorite Italian restaurants to standalone shops and food hall stalls, here’s where to find gelato that will have you living la dolce vita.

Table Caffé

Table Caffé | The Best Gelato in Boston

On the corner of Hanover and Charter streets in the North End—a neighborhood known for the Italian iced treat—this cute coffee shop is where to go for creamy gelati in more than a dozen flavors. Options like Espresso Bean, Pistachio, Salted Caramel, and Toasted Marshmallow are enticingly garnished in the case, and can be ordered by the cup, homemade waffle cone, or sandwiched between chunky, homemade cookies. Table Caffé also packs pints of gelati to go, and stocks the shelves with all manner of imported treats and specialties that befit what owner Jen Royale calls an “Italian Candy Land.”

FOX & THE KNIFE gelato

The gelato served at Southie enoteca Fox & the Knife is prepared in-house by the chef de cuisine and pastry chef. Pistachio and Stracciatella are regularly available by the scoop, but additional flavors are in rotation for cookie sandwiches and more elaborate desserts—the restaurant’s Dirty Chai Affogato, for example, features a rich gelato made with the cardamom tea, while a cinnamon gelato tops a rustic Apple Crostata. 

Delini Gelato

Delini Gelato | The Best Gelato in Boston
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Opened in West Roxbury in 2020 by a Bulgarian immigrant who grew smitten with gelato during a trip to Italy, Delini sells scratch-made gelato in flavors like Crème Brulee, Mango Lassi, and Salted Caramel. However, a notable flavor doesn’t appear on the menu: Rose Oil Pistachio Baklava, which features baklava prepared by the owner’s mother, is so popular that it remains unlisted as the shop can’t always keep up with demand.

Mida gelato Boston
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The rotating gelato selection at Mida includes flavors like Pistachio, Chocolate, and Orange Creamsicle, and is available at both the Boston and Newton locations of this neighborhood Italian restaurant. However, visitors to the South End original are in for a special treat: The gelato there is finished with a drizzle of Greek olive oil that chef-owner Douglass Williams says adds a “touch of lusciousness” to the sweet dessert. 

Exterior of SRV
Credit: Brian Samuels

SRV makes its gelato entirely without eggs, which chef-owner Michael Lombardi says is key to allowing other flavors to shine. Among the tastes that await at this South End spot are creative entries like Cookies n’ Cream with a drizzle of olive oil and Rocky Road, featuring chocolate, hazelnut, and marshmallow. The Italian favorite also prepares dairy-free sorbets, including Lemon Ice garnished with a candied rind and a sweet-and-savory special of Melon sorbet served with a prosciutto chip.

Eataly Boston

Eataly Boston gelato
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You’d think that Italian food emporium Eataly would be a great place to score gelato, and you’d be correct. The Back Bay location of the continent-spanning mercato boasts an ever-changing selection of flavors incorporating local and imported ingredients, but you can always find Fior di Latte, Cioccolato, and a dairy-free Limone sorbet. During summer weekends, a dedicated gelato cart situated on Eataly’s Boylston street patio serves the frozen dessert al fresco. 

Gelato & Chill

With a suburban location in Chestnut Hill and a spot inside Fenway’s Time Out Market, there’s ample opportunity to try Gelato & Chill. And you should, as the maker relies on local dairy and other ingredients imported from Italy to produce its creamy gelato. The focus here is on classic flavors like Stracciatella with Valrhona chocolate bits, Pistachio made with Sicilian pistachios, and a Nocciola that features Italian hazelnuts. In Chestnut Hill, try a cannoli filled with gelato this summer.

Gorgeous Gelato

Gorgeous Gelato

Since 2010, Portland, Maine, has been a star on the map of every gelato-loving New Englander—and now Boston is treated to what’s been called “the best gelato outside of Italy.” Gorgeous Gelato now has a location at downtown food hall High Street Place, where rich, luscious flavors like the signature Gorgeous—featuring chocolate and caramel in a vanilla base—are brought in from Maine fresh daily. There are also several vegan and dairy-free options on offer, as well as pre-filled Gelato Cannoli. Can’t decide? Same. Luckily, the friendly staffers are quick to offer tastes of anything in the case.

Updated by Jacqueline Cain

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