Italian Decadence on the Hill at Gelato Di Riso
St. Louis, MO/June 17, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Many people think of gelato as just the Italian word for ice cream, when it’s actually Italian-style ice cream. The difference is significant. American-style ice cream is made with heavy cream, a little whole milk, sugar, eggs, and flavorings like vanilla or strawberries. It’s then churned during the freezing process to aerate it and prevent large ice crystals from forming. American-style ice cream is delicious, yes, but it’s not gelato. This Italian-style confection is made with a lot less cream, yet it’s more silky than ice cream. That’s because it’s churned at a much slower rate, which still prevents ice crystals, but adds less air, so the gelato is denser and richer than ice cream. It’s traditionally stored and served at a slightly warmer temperature too, meaning the flavors shine through. Some of the very best gelato in St. Louis can be found at Gelato Di Riso, 5204 Wilson Ave. in the city’s historically Italian Hill neighborhood.
Gelato Di Riso is a charming gelateria offering classic Italian gelato, coffee drinks, and other sweet treats. The gelato is made fresh daily right on the premises, and there are dozens to choose from. There are dolce gelatos, which are made with milk, instead of high-fat cream, for a guiltless, ultra-creamy indulgence. The dolce flavors range from simple chocolate and strawberry to classic Italian pistachio and stracciatella (chocolate chip), and modern twists like salted caramel and chili chocolate. The water-based frutta gelatos are made with real fruit and come in luscious flavors like blackberry, peach, and green apple, plus seasonal specialties like strawberry chip watermelon. They’re so creamy, it’s hard to tell there’s no milk in them!
This is seriously good stuff. Gelato Di Riso is one of St. Louis’ favorite stops for a cold, creamy treat. Last July, they were #8 on our Top 10 Dessert Spots list, and earlier this month (June 4), they ranked 5th on our customer review-based Top 10 Ice Cream Shops in St. Louis. With a 4.60 rating and 140 reviews, they were the top ranking gelateria in the St. Louis area! Local restaurant critics have long sung their praises, and they’re not alone. In a travel article about St. Louis published last summer, The Tennessean recommended Gelato Di Riso for a delicious treat the whole family will love.
Gelato Di Riso offers their frozen confections in sizes ranging from piccolo (a double scoop of 1-2 flavors) to grande (a double-double scoop with 1-4 flavors). You can also get a shake in your favorite gelato flavor, as well as classic root beer floats and Italian sodas. Or try a classic Italian dessert by ordering an affogato. It’s a scoop of their creamy gelato “drowned” with a shot of espresso—è delizioso! Since the shop is open early, it’s a great place to stop for a coffee and pastry too. Indulge in a cinnamon roll or buttery scone (cinnamon, cheddar, cranberry-walnut) and an iced coffee or chai tea latte. Be sure to pick up some authentic cannolis, biscotti, or fudge brownies to go.
You don’t necessarily have to visit Gelato Di Riso to enjoy their rich, creamy gelato. You’ll find the Gelato Di Riso cart at fairs and festivals all over St. Louis. It’s also at the Taubman Prestige Outlets’ Courtyard Eats & Treats every weekend this summer. Gelato Di Riso is also available at several local restaurants, including Concetta’s Italian Restaurant (St. Charles), Napoli 2 (Town and Country), The Zodiac at Neiman Marcus (Frontenac) and Winslow’s Home (University City), along with several restaurants on the Hill. It’s also a great movie night treat offered at Landmark Theatres at Plaza Frontenac and the Tivoli Landmark Theatre in The Loop. Quarts and Pints can be found at the following local retail stores: Global Foods and Hanneke’s Westwood Grocery (Kirkwood), Ladue Market (Ladue), Local Harvest (Tower Grove South), Sweetheart Chocolates (Farmington), and Viviano’s Festa Italiano (Chesterfield and Fenton). The Gelato Di Riso cart is available for special event (corporate or school picnic, wedding, bar- or bat- mitzvah, etc,) too.
Gelato Di Riso shuts down for two months each winter, January and February. The rest of the year they are open daily: Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. With 20+ fresh flavors available inside the Gelato Di Riso shop on the Hill daily, every day is a great day to indulge in this classic Italian treat.
Gelato Di Riso
Owner: Larry Fuse
5204 Wilson Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110
Phone: (314) 664-8488