July might be National Ice Cream Month, but we are celebrating its Italian cousin, gelato (whose designated month is May), because it is so delizioso it should be celebrated year round. Love frozen treats? Then be sure to make the rounds to each of these fine gelato shops for a small taste of Italy without ever leaving home.

Procopio Gelato (Credit, Jenise Silva)

Procopio Gelato
1501 Western Ave., Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 622-4280

This Seattle classic has been going strong since 1980 and while 34 years might seem impressive for a small business to last in any city, it’s really an achievement in a city that sees more change in a week than some cities experience in a year. Procopio’s longevity speaks to its no-nonsense approach to giving the customer what they want, which in this case is artisan gelato just up the hill from the amusements of the waterfront. Don’t miss the mango, strawberry, amarena (Italian cherries and cream) or the mirtillo rosso (cranberry). Grab your cup or cone to go or enjoy your delightful frozen treat in the cozy room or on the tranquil outdoor patio.

D’Ambrosio Gelato Seattle
5339 Ballard Ave. N.W.
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 327-9175
www.dambrosiogelato.comNative Italian Enzo D’Ambrosio and his son Marco opened their sleek gelateria first in the center of historic Ballard and later in the heart of Capitol Hill. Each and every ingredient that goes into their gelato is carefully sourced and frequently certified organic—they even use biodegradable spoons. The house-made pistachio di Bronte is made from “the green gold of Sicily,” and the caramello with figs and mascarpone is to die for. You can frequently find Marco at the counter in this roomy storefront that has counter and table seating.

Fainting Goat Gelato (Credit, Jenise Silva)

Fainting Goat Gelato
1903 N. 45th St.
SeattleWA 98103
(206) 327-9459

This Wallingford neighborhood cafe has plenty of fans outside of its hood, and for good reason. Yalcin and Sevim Ataman and their family bring Turkish hospitality to the trade of serving up traditional Italian gelatos and sorbettos as well as Turkish coffee. It’s tough to choose a “favorite” flavor among the extensive selection but you can’t go wrong with the sour cherry, the stracciatella, the honey rose and the salted caramel. Looking for something a little lighter? Give the pink grapefruit sorbetto or the nonfat-yogurt gelato a try.

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Bottega Italiana
1425 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 343-0200
www.bottegaitaliana.comItalians Luca Guerrieri, Antonella Ragazzi and David Arato opened their first gelateria in 2003. Fortunately, they chose a tiny shop conveniently located just south of the entrance to Pike Place Market in the heart of downtown Seattle. While the shop may be small, the selection is not. You can count on 20 flavors of gelato on offer at any time along with a selection of coffee and espresso drinks. Grab a cup of the chocolate, earl grey or kiwi for a little sustenance for your stroll through the market and you won’t be disappointed.

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1400 3rd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 467-9563
You may be in the heart of downtown when you step up to the counter at Gelatiamo, but once you scoop into one of its house-made gelatos, you would almost swear you’ve been transported to a quaint Italian village. Perhaps it’s because the owner comes from a long line of bakers in a small town in Northern Italy. Or maybe it’s the fresh local ingredients that serve as the base for the 16 rotating flavors of gelato and sorbet. In fact, if you’re looking for a fresh taste of fruit in your gelato or sorbet, you’re taste buds are guaranteed to benefit from some of the best seasonal berries this region has to offer from the nearby Skagit Valley. They may rotate more than a dozen flavors in this cozy shop, but the gelato gamut of flavors runs well into 80 different varieties. You can always get the ever dependable, and quite tasty, salted caramel gelato. But if you want to feel transported, you might want to opt for the Profumi di Sicilia, a ricotta gelato with pistachio, marbled with candied lemon peel and chocolate. 

Jenise Silva is a freelance writer in Seattle who has studied culinary, visual and performing arts. She penned the financial planning guide Women & Money, and has been writing about food and the arts for a number of years. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.