If you’re looking for a delicious cold treat in Old Bisbee, there’s a great place in town that you simply must try. PussyCat Gelato is located at 13 Main Street. It’s just a 4 minute walk from the Toland Adobe, our dog-friendly Bisbee vacation rental.
Chef Pete Miller got his training in making culinary gelato right in Bologna, Italy. His style for making his gelato is a meeting of American influence and the tradition of the Old World. There are a variety of different flavors, which change frequently, so you could try a different taste on every visit. Favorites include Chocolate, Caramel Sea Salt, Maple Brown Butter Pecan, and Vanilla Bean, just to name a few. For those who want or need to avoid dairy, try the dairy free sorbetto. Flavors include Triple Berry, Mango Peach, and Strawberry.
If you’ve never had gelato, you may think it’s just the Italian name for ice cream. However, it does differ from ice cream in texture, flavor, and taste. Gelato is very creamy and smooth as a result of the slow churning technique used in its creation. It also has less cream in it, making it a healthier option.
Not only is the gelato itself amazing and more than enough reason to stop in, but the atmosphere inside of the shop is charming and unique. You can take a seat at one of the cheerful bright yellow tables to enjoy your gelato. On one of the walls, a movie screen plays vintage episodes of the cult cartoon series Josie and the Pussycats. Sit down in one of the lounge chairs and relax with your dessert. There are also vintage posters to check out, and a fun black and white checkerboard floor to round out the shop’s upbeat vintage vibe.
We stopped by and tried two delicious flavors of gelato, which were reminiscent of gelato we tried all over Italy. It was outstanding! The shop has outside seating in the back as well as a charming interior. We were delighted to meet co-owner Frederic Watson during our visit. Frederic co-owns PussyCat Gelato with Rhonda McFarland. I popped by again while visiting Bisbee in April 2018 and had a cup of espresso on the back patio, which is dog friendl.
Stop in for a sweet treat, and stay for the cute and kitschy atmosphere and friendly service. The shop is a very short walk from our Bisbee vacation rental, the Toland Adobe and is a great introduction to Historic Old Bisbee’s Main Street.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in 2016 and has been updated for 2018.