After the extensive wasa dinner in Irvine, went with dorothy and funwithfood for gelato at Gelato Paradiso at the Corona Del Mar Plaza (952 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach, CA 92660 949-640-9256). It's near fashion island. funwithfood adores the limoncello gelato - very light and airy. Dorothy had a double chocolate gelato - same as the chocolate gelato with chips. I had the vanilla gelato with mango sorbet. The gelato didn't stand out to me. Then again, I've never been to Italy. It seemed as good as one of the gelato places in Old Town Pasadena and Manhattan Beach. Not sure if it's as good as Massimo's in Venice, but I don't think the difference is that great. The flavors seem a bit artificial.
(they have a website - search for gelato paradiso net)
I prefer the ice cream at Boule. The flavors there seem intense and natural. The mix of spices is nice too.
Since I'm from northeast Ohio, I really wanted to check out a frozen custard shop in Irvine. Stricklands which opened in Akron in 1936, opened a branch in Irvine just recently. Technically they are an ice cream store, not a frozen custard place. Legally, you need at least 1.4 percent egg yolk to be called frozen custard. But, Stricklands opened before the law, so they can call their ice cream "custard" because there was a war ration on eggs. You can read more on their website.
Their ice cream is like a thick soft serve. According to their website, they re-engineered their 1936 machines which churn the ice cream in such a way to reduce the amount of air that goes into the ice cream - more info on their site.
I like their vanilla - smooth thick and clean. But they have other flavors. I've tried chocolate, mango, and stawberry. I don't think the flavors are that natural.
4523 Campus Drive
Irvine, CA 92612