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It's always gelato season in Houston: Mandola adds La Gelateria to restaurant row

It's always gelato season in Houston: Mandola adds La Gelateria to restaurant row

La Gelateria, Houston, November 2012, gelato
La Gelateria is open on West Dallas. Photo by Sarah Rufca
La Gelateria, Houston, November 2012, gelato
Gealto from La Gelataria can be enjoyed on the benches of the landscaped patio. Photo by Sarah Rufca
La Gelateria, Houston, November 2012, gelato
La Gelateria, Houston, November 2012, gelato

Only in Texas can you find a gelato shop opening in November.

The block of West Dallas between La Rue and Eberhard has long been home to the world's smallest Little Italy, a brick-laden piazza between Nino's (the original concept, opened by Vincent and Mary Mandola in 1977), Vincent's and Grappino di Nino.

Now the complex has its own gelato stand, named simply La Gelateria. A walk-up window that serves the same Trentino Gelato that the Mandolas have offered in their restaurants for years, with an assortment of classic flavors like stracciatella, raspberry, coconut, pistachio and more. There's also bread made in-house and a few Italian imports.

Fun fact: When you mix the pumpkin and mascarpone gelato together, it tastes like pumpkin cheesecake. Now that's how you do gelato for fall.