Ice Cream Dreams

You won’t find frozen delights like these by following a truck blaring “Pop Goes the Weasel.” When we sampled the ice-cream of the crop at a few of the valley’s finest restaurants and cafés, we heard strains of Mozart and Vivaldi.

By Ted Katauskas June 1, 2013 Published in the Summer/Fall 2013 issue of Vail-Beaver Creek Magazine

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La Bottega’s Stephen Virion (above) learned to make gelato as the chef at Villa Arceno in San Gusme, Tuscany. Virion’s house-made stracciatella chocolate chip, tiramisu, pistachio, coffee, and countless other flavors are the summertime blockbusters at delizioso, the restaurant’s recently opened, next-door gourmet food emporium. 100 E Meadow Drive, Vail. 970-476-7925;

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Crema Sorbet

Leonora executive chef Sergio Howland offers an array of unique sorbets: passionfruit mango, spice strawberry, blackberry banana, and blood orange rosemary. 16 Vail Road, Vail Village 970-331-0015;

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The taste of peanut butter mousse piped between vanilla cookies garnished with peanut brittle, toasted peanuts, and concord grape sorbet? Says La Tour chef/owner Paul Ferzacca, it’s exactly like the sandwich. 122 E Meadow Drive, Vail Village 970-476-4403;


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This Austrian crêpe even has its own Facebook page, and 98,013 followers. At Swiss Chalet, pastry chef Bernie Oswald fills his with chocolate and vanilla ice cream, garnished with fresh berries, chocolate sauce, and a summertime dusting of powder (sugar); elevated when paired with Champagne. 20 Vail Road, Vail Village 970-479-5429

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