With the swelter of the dog days blanketing the Paradise Coast, frozen treats are essential. These shops provide sweet relief from the heat.
Il Gelato, opened by the owners of the nearby Tuscany Osteria in North Naples, dishes up 16 varieties of ice cream’s Italian cousin in addition to panini and crepes.
Belgian Yummies, formerly Jack & Rita’s Homemade Ice Cream in the Green Tree Plaza, Naples, still churns ice cream using Jack and Rita’s secret recipes, but new owners Carlo Pannekoecke and his wife, Kaat Crombez, added ice cream pops, bars, and sandwiches dipped in Belgian chocolate, two types of authentic house-made Belgian waffles made from recipes dating back more than a century, and ice cream cakes. Fresh flavors like hazelnut and tiramisu are being added, too.
Sandy Scoops Ice Cream (239-300-0527), a recent addition along the East Trail in Sugden Park Plaza, features a Sno Wizard machine for creating shaved ice, a childhood favorite of owner Linda Stevens. Ice cream is an option, but the icy confection is tops. Flavors—all “snow-capped” with a drizzle of marshmallow fluff—range from traditional cherry and grape to egg custard, Red Hot Fireball, and Granny Smith Apple.