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Waffle cone and tripleUpdate 4/25/13: Paciugo is being replaced by La Coppa Gelato.

In a word: Yummy rich gelato that could make you less rich.

The specs: #0465 
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Chris ate the waffle cone with three flavors of hazy recollection.
JM ate the lime, strawberry banana, and pink lemonade sorbet.
Marissa ate the meringue, tre vanigle and chocolate mint.
Nichole ate the affogato (espresso over gelato) with panna cotta, almond chocolate chip, and creme brulee.
The bill was about $20, or $5/person.
JM gave Paciugo a B+; Marissa and Nichole gave Paciugo an A (see our grading rubric).

In tribute of or with apologies to our literary friends Marissa and Chris, depending on your opinion:

With options aplenty, who knows where to go
Should you need your dessert right away?
This night our list led to Paciugo.

So many flavors, from rich creme brulee
To "wedding cake" (panna cotta),
To - no lie - a dozen kinds of sorbet

We tried combinations we'd never thought up
Each tiny, bright shovel a treat.
Get half a chance to come here and you ought to.

Paciugo: a fine place to go when you eat
The rest of your dinner somewhere on State Street.

Affogato and triple sorbet


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There once was a food blog from Madison...

Love, love, love! The gelato is awesome, and so is the poem. Espresso over gelato? I may swoon.

So far I have not been impressed with the gelato I have had in Madison, neither at Paciugo or at the Blue Spoon Cafe. Maybe I just got spoiled by my very first gelato experience at Fanueil Hall in Boston. The gelato I got there was absolutly amazing, rich, creamy and smooth, and of a much higher quality then anything I've gotten since then. So yeah, if you want good gelato, go to Boston, or better yet Italy. You're not going to find it here in Madison.

Ellie - Don't know how it'll stack up for you personally, but I've always had good luck with the house made gelato at Java Cat over on Monona Dr. - and I'm a snob who has been lucky enough to have gelato in Italy as well. :)

Well, I haven't been to Italy to try the gelato, but I can only imainge that the country that created it does a good job of making it. And Boston is a bit closer, I've got a better chance of getting back there again then leaving the country.

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