Despite the chill in the air, we’re all apparently screaming for ice cream around here. Following the recent debuts of Scoops Westside and L.A. Creamery, a press release announces that small-batch ice cream and sorbet specialists Carmela, Los Angeles mag’s pick for best local ice cream of 2009, are going into brick-and-mortar mode, opening a creamery in Pasadena with a full-service kitchen, retail shop, and even an old school-y ice cream truck from the seventies that will appear at events and farmers markets. What kinds of creative scoops can you expect?
Carmela’s take on our sweet, sweet Achilles’ heel involves the use of organic farmers market produce (spices, herbs, nuts, and fruit) for seasonal ice cream flavors like dark chocolate caco, strawberry buttermilk, and brown sugar vanilla bean, and sorbets such as lavender honey, spiced strawberry, and cucumber. In addition, the store will carry goodies by a few food-obsessed friends of owner Jessica Mortarotti, including toppings by Valerie Confections, tea and marshmallows by SugarBird Teas and Sweets, and Blue Cupcakes’ signature treats. The store might also enlist the help of Heirloom LA in creating a lunch menu. An opening is expected sometime in the next few weeks.
Carmela Ice Cream and Sorbet, 2495 E. Washington Blvd, Pasadena.