Who knew there’s a gelato university? A pair of friends who met at food business school in Italy (one grew up in Venezuela, the other in Switzerland) decided to study the delicious subject at an acclaimed school in Bologna. Post-graduation, they moved to SF to open Coletta in SoMa. There are no toppings — the focus here is on creamy, rich gelati in flavors like Irish coffee and amaretto-almond-orange zest, as well as seasonal sorbettos. Coletta is a rare gelateria that makes its own base, so try the most basic fior di latte flavor for ice cream in its purest state. The bright, charming storefront has limited seating, so take your treats elsewhere, like South Park two blocks away.
Must-try: California pistachio with Maldon sea salt
Go crazy: Flavors lean toward traditional, though you’ll feel the effects of the banana-coco-rum. Even crazier: The Coletta Cruiser bike can hold eight flavors and serve up to 1,000 scoops; it’s the life of any party that rents it.
685 Harrison St.; 415-795-3170