Want something sweet? Try Iorio’s Gelateria. Gelato is made with milk instead of cream (read: less fat than ice cream), whipped slowly for a denser consistency and served at a warmer temperature to prevent paralyzing your taste buds. Iorio (pronounced “ee-or-ee-o”) is the surname of co-owners Mary and Nick’s Italian great grandparents.

Mary and Nick began sharing their Italian heritage with the community in 2004 by selling Italian ice out of carts at local festivals. Since then, they’ve traded in their push cart for Iorio’s Gelateria on East William Street. Iorio’s is a small shop with a big personality. Old photos of an Italian family line the walls next to a large, white map of Italy. The Italian names of the shop’s treats are painted on a yellow wall behind the counter. The glass storefront gives customers a view of the city as they enjoy their gelato.

Iorio’s gelato flavors are varied and all use natural ingredients such as fruit, spices, liqueurs, chocolate, coffee, tea and more. Iorio’s also offers vegan and dairy-free sorbettos. Classic Italian espresso drinks are available in the form of cappuccinos, americanos, breves, Nutella lattes, or my personal favorite — the affogato (a shot of espresso poured over your gelato of choice). Iorio’s has unique, tasty treats and some of the friendliest people in Ann Arbor working behind the counter.  

Check out the Iorio’s blog for zany stories and fun facts about espresso and gelato.

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