Gelato shops are surprisingly spare in San Diego, especially for a city where warm, sunny days are so common. The most favored frozen novelty is fro-yo, but if you're craving something cool and nothing short of gelato will do, make a trip to Pappalecco. The cases at all three locations (the most recent being their production facility in Midway, which now houses a retail cafe) are rife with delicious flavors, from stracciatella to cinnamon roll, and multiple variations on chocolate.
One combo I can enthusiastically vouch for is the peanut butter (which is really peanut butter and chocolate) and banana. The PB/chocolate is rich and creamy, with a subtle nutty flavor and a pinch of salt, while the banana is a touch icier, with an intense banana flavor that's bordering on tasting ever-so-slightly boozy.
Both flavors can stand on their own, but they're much tastier together. If you want a banana/chocolate hybrid cup, this is the way to go. Other chocolate options like the fondente (which tastes like frozen ganache) would overpower the banana, while the namesake Pappalecco flavor has a shot of almond extract that doesn't mesh quite as well. You can combine two flavors in the smallest size, a piccolo ($4.25), but I suggest the medio ($4.95). For only 50 cents more than the smallest size, you get a whole extra scoop.
Locations in Little Italy, Hillcrest, and Midway, full list on pappalecco.com