Indulge in a sugar rush at these dessert-forward favorites.
A stack of savory pie offerings from Costa Mesa’s Pop Pie Co.
1. Bacio di Latte Academy Award winners Christian Bale and Halle Berry are both fans of this authentic Italian gelato shop, which recently opened its second flagship at Fashion Island. O.C.-exclusive flavors include ricotta and pistachio, matcha and mango sorbet. 133 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.520.7538
2. Frost, A Gelato Shoppe Irvine Spectrum Center is offering a taste of everyone’s favorite Italian treat at this Arizona import, which opened its first O.C. outpost in November. Ingredients for its decadent gelato, which is made in-house daily, are imported directly from its motherland, and standout flavors include Lotus Cookie, bourbon butter pecan and blackberry cabernet. 670 Irvine Spectrum Drive, Ste. 508, Irvine
3. Lavender Lane Baking Co. In an effort to make sweets more health-minded, moguls Christine Bren and Sarah Butler teamed up to form this new made-from-scratch bakery, where goods are gluten-free, grain-free, organic, and paleo- and keto-friendly. Don’t miss the healthified chocolate chip cookie that started it all. 2950 Grace Lane, Ste. A, Costa Mesa, 619.512.3070
4. Pop Pie Co. Whether you like your pies sweet or savory, this Costa Mesa newbie is here to satisfy all your cravings thanks to a menu full of classics like chicken potpie and honey bourbon pecan. Adventurous eaters should give the mushroom ricotta pizza pie or the Aussie meat pie a whirl. 270 E. 17th St., Ste. 17, Costa Mesa, 949.524.3015
Photography by: Courtesy of Haley Hill Photography