Carmela Ice Cream began selling ice cream and sorbet at local farmers markets in 2007. Our dynamic flavor palate focuses on garden-inspired ingredients such as herbs and spices, flowers, and seasonal fruit. We use farmers’ market produce and organic dairy in our small-batch, artisan ice cream.
In 2011 we were chosen as the #1 Ice Cream Shop by LA Weekly and were voted Best Ice Cream by Pasadena Weekly in 2011 & 2012. We also received the prestigious "Best of LA" award from Los Angeles Magazine in 2009.
We have two retail locations, in Pasadena and Los Angeles (now open). Our ice cream and sorbet can also be found at local farmers markets, specialty food stores, select restaurants.
Carmela Mortarotti was the grandmother of co-founder, Jessica Mortarotti. The daughter of a baker, Carmela taught Jessica the joys of working in the kitchen at a very young age. The name translates to garden.