Bianco Gelato: Organic, Authentic Gelato in Coconut Grove

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Summer in Miami means long sun-scorching days and humid nights. Most of us hibernate in our air conditioned dens, coming out to brave the elements only for something essential -- like freshly made, authentic Italian gelato made with organic ingredients.

Bianco Gelato, opening today in Coconut Grove, is providing a delicious and healthful way to cool off.

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The shop, owned by Federico and Carla DiFranco, serves gelato made fresh daily right in the Commodore Plaza shop.

DiFranco, who hails from Milano, knows a thing or two about gelato. His family has been making the Italian version of America's favorite treat for years. DiFranco, along with his wife, Carla, decided to open a gelato shop in Coconut Grove, "because it is the real Miami. Where trends begin."

The gelato, which despite its creamy texture actually contains less fat than ice cream (gelato has a maximum 10 percent fat content, compared with 30 percent or more in ice cream), is made from all-natural and organic ingredients, using local fruit, pistachios from Sicily, hazelnuts from Alba, Italy, and almonds from the Mediterranean.

Flavors include pink salt caramel peanut butter, Belgium chocolate, and Coconut Grove (a triple-coconut experience made with fresh coconut).

The shop also sells a selection of baked goods, including a gluten-free kefir muffin (made by Carla DiFranco in-house), coffees, and granitas made with fresh, local fruit.

Bianco Gelato is open Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to midnight.

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