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Store Around the Corner: Tasti D-Lite

by: Maria Amodio Editor

You can’t have your cake and eat it too, but at Tasti D-Lite in St. Armands Circle, you can have a delicious frozen dessert for just 70 calories per serving.

“Our product is great for people who want to have their treat, but without all the fat and the calories,” says owner Scott Pastor. “At Tasti D-Lite, they can have it all.”

The St. Armands Circle Tasti D-Lite re-opened on April 16th after being closed for five months due to fire damage.

Tasti D-Lite serves up over 100 different flavors of frozen dessert, from peanut butter banana to strawberry cheesecake. It tastes exactly like soft-serve ice cream, but because it doesn’t contain more than 3% butter fat or any live cultures, it technically cannot be called ice cream or frozen yogurt.

The store also serves smoothies and parfaits, all made from an all-natural base with no artificial sweeteners or coloring.

Pastor, who owns another Tasti D-Lite store at Southgate Mall in Sarasota, opened the first two Tasti D-Lite franchises in the state of Florida in the spring of 2009.

“I saw that there was a demographic here that was very health conscious,” says Pastor. “We serve a deliciously healthy, good for you treat.”

Name: Tasti D-Lite
Location: 327-A John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands Circle
Phone number: (941)-388-0300
Summer hours: Open Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends.
Owner: Scott Pastor
Employees: 17 employees rotate between the two locations
What makes them unique: The store does custom blends, so even if your favorite flavor isn’t one of the six varieties being served that day, they’ll make it especially for you for a small additional charge.

Contact Maria Amodio at [email protected].

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