Pazzo Gelato first opened in Silver Lake (a few miles down) five years ago and has now established a second location in Echo Park. This location only a few months old, but already a source of pride in the neighborhood. We used to go to the Silverlake location often, now, it’s just right down the street.
It is a shop originally inspired by owner Michael Buch’s month-long vacation in Tuscany. Gelato and Tuscany… sounds perfect. Pazzo Gelato prides itself in fresh, organic ingredients picked weekly at farmer’s markets by Michael Buch himself. They use ingredients like fresh market berries, imported Italian coffee beans, and organic dairy in their offerings. Yum.
We shot inside and outside for the Fall Collection of tees. Here’s Michael telling us a bit more about Pazzo Gelato:
Hi, Mike. What’s Pazzo Gelato in three words?
Fresh, local, intense, unique.
We opened our Silver Lake shop over 5 years ago with the goal of sourcing out the best ingredients to create the greatest gelato. We continue this in our Echo Park shop but are also now serving panini sandwiches and other light bites plus more baked good (croissants, scones, bagels,etc).
This is your neighborhood “Starbucks” alternative. A place where you can hop on your computer and hang out, meet up with a friend, bring your kids, whatever…you’ll always be welcome in to hang out.
Awesome. What inspired you to open the Echo Park location?
We opened the Echo Park branch because it’s a cool space (the gelateria’s on the ground floor of Echo Park’s tallest building on Sunset), pretty turn key.
Why did you choose Echo Park?
There was a need for a neighborhood hang out right on Sunset Blvd and I really like Echo Park. Lots of old Los Angeles history, diverse community, sense of community among neighbors and lots of cool projects happening…
Kelly wearing a Bears on Bike tee in front of Pazzo Gelato.
What your favorite thing about the neighborhood?
The people, support from local businesses and the lake of course! I love the view of the lake from Park looking south and the lake with the Downtown skyline behind.
A must visit next time your in the neighborhood, PazzoGelato.net.