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John Street Gelateria Reopens With Real-Deal Bellinis

Tour the new Paolo’s Gelato and Gourmet

Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas, covering the food and restaurant scene across North and South Carolina.

Long-standing staple Paolo’s Gelato has reopened as Paolo’s Gelato and Gourmet. Changes to the 41 John St. storefront include a total makeover of the dining room and the offerings.

Paolo’s now has more seating, a wall of Italian retail items created by owner Paolo Dalla Zorza, a small wine bar, and cases full of not just gelato, but small bites and meats and cheeses. The chalkboard menus on the wall offer items like panini sliders, a pasta of the day, and a surprise plate. As far as adult beverages go, those 21 and up can try Dalla Zorza’s bellini made with fresh South Carolina peaches, a variety of wines and beers, a prosecco-spiked scoop of gelato, or an Aperol spritz. There’s also an espresso machine for those in need of caffeine.

The retail items, ranging from pastas to prosciutto to tomato sauces to wine are available for order online and pick-up in the store.

Italian native Dalla Zorza moved to Charleston eighteen years ago at the insistence of his friends at French restaurant Rue de Jean, and he and his frozen desserts have been a staple of Upper King since.

Paolo’s opens Tuesday through Thursday, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, from 4 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, from 3 p.m. to midnight; and Sunday, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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