written by Jen Stevenson
Tuscan technique meets Pacific Northwest ingredients at this deliciously authentic Division Street gelateria, where Pisa native Sandro Paolini churns up fresh daily batches of cold case classics such as fior di latte and Sicilian pistachio, alongside a refreshing raft of summer specials such as lavender, lemon basil, Tuscan melon and mint, and Sauvie Island Farms peach sorbetto.
3707 SE DIVISION ST.
BONTA NATURAL ARTISAN GELATO
After a carefree August day spent floating the Deschutes River, follow the chatter of ecstatic children to this popular downtown Bend gelato shop. Using fresh local fruit at its peak, owners Jeff and Juli Labhart handcraft fleeting summer flavors such as Oregon boysenberry and raspberry citrus blossom in addition to their signature small-batch favorites like vanilla bourbon pecan and honey-infused Tumalo lavender.
920 NW BOND ST., #108
With its honey-hued walls and Tuscan countryside wall murals, Francesco’s is a quaint little slice of Italian life right in downtown Corvallis. Queue up with the locals for generous portions of huckleberry, marionberry coconut, lemon poppyseed, and the ever-popular Roman Holiday gelato, a creamy chocolate and caramel-swirled concoction clearly marked with a photograph of a Vespa-straddling Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck joyriding around Rome.
208 SW 2ND ST.
SEA STAR GELATO
This bright, cheerful Seaside gelato shop is just the spot for a couple of cooling summer scoops. The sweet staff won’t rush you, so take your time deciding between the more than two dozen intensely flavorful gelatos and sorbets in the case, from Hood strawberry and fresh cantaloupe to watermelon lime, all made in-house with local fruit and ingredients.
8 N COLUMBIA ST.