Gelato, which is simply Italian for “frozen,” is god's gift to mankind or at least to me! While the "trend" right now is to eat Frozen Yogurt, I guess I am an old school gal or maybe my love for all things Italian, just can't keep me away from this delicious frozen treat.
If you are wondering what the difference between Gelato and ice cream is - less air is added when making gelato than when making ice cream and gelato uses more milk, less cream and often adds egg yolks. So the ambrosial outcome is denser, with more intense flavor and—miraculously—less fat. The fact that it’s best served slightly soft, and not quite as cold as everyday ice cream, just makes it that much easier to enjoy.
When we were in Italy, my family and I made it a point to find gelaterias in the smallest of towns for our afternoon treat. Fragola (strawberry) was my seven year olds favorite while anything with chocolate, nuts or caramel was mine. My husband was the most adventurous and tried flavors like fig, amaretto, cantaloupe, all of which were amazing!
Here are some of our favorite finds in Italy.
|La Carraia, Florence|
Florence - Gelateria La Carraia
Milan - Shockolat
Capri - Buonocore Gelateria
San Gimignano - Gelateria di Piazza
Venice - La Mela Verde
Rome - Tre Scalini
Other Noteworthy Gelaterias:
Paris - Berthillon
New York - Amorino
San Diego - Gelato Vero
Los Angeles - Al Gelato
Scottsdale - Amore
Palo Alto - Gelato Classico