Bobboi Natural Gelato Opens a New Outpost in the Little Italy Food Hall
Edible San Diego, April 2019, In 2014, Andrea Racca happened upon a sought-after spot in the La Jolla Cove—complete with an ocean view terrace—just as it was being listed for lease. He immediately saw the potential and luckily, the owner agreed it would be perfect place to serve traditional Italian gelato. Building on the success of the original location, Bobboi Natural Gelato’s second outpost recently debuted in the Little Italy Food Hall.
An immediately noticeable difference at Bobboi is how the gelato is stored. Unlike most shops, where whipped mounds of colorful frozen desserts fill a glass display case, Bobboi’s gelato is completely covered.
Andrea explains that this is because gelato displayed in open cases needs to be mixed with colorings and stabilizer, which compromise the taste of the final product.
That goes against his values and the ethos of Italian cuisine, which is all about celebrating simple, pure flavors.
Despite having a significantly smaller footprint than the original location, his second location in the Little Italy Food Hall follows the same principles, offering an enviable assortment of flavors, with an emphasis on classics like stracciatella (vanilla and chocolate chips), bacio (milk chocolate and piedmont hazelnut), and pure pistachio—a deceptively simple option that Andrea professes is his favorite.
There, I was taken in by the “Agostino”, an Argentine dulche de leche and banana flavor named after an employee at the La Jolla location.
Selections at both shops rotate with the seasons, especially the fruit varieties.
On my visit, strawberry and citrus flavors were in stock, including a must-try blood orange sorbetto made with fresh, local citrus sourced from the La Jolla Open Aire Farmers Market.
It’s bright, tangy, and would pair nicely with the dark chocolate sorbet (another non-dairy option).
Soon, mango will return, and the La Jolla location will debut a vanilla-hibiscus, which features a subtle pink tint and a tart berry background.
The shop’s third location is scheduled to open in June on the ground floor of the AV8 building on Kettner Boulevard, kitty-corner to Herb & Wood, where they will offer 18 rotating flavors sourced from the shop’s catalog of 70 core options.
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Erin Jackson is a food writer and photographer who is passionately committed to hunting down San Diego’s best bites. Erin is also the founder of Friendly Feast, a nonprofit organization that produces food and drink events to benefit the local community.