Italian Gelati

27 Jun

Gelato = happiness.

When we were in Italy in August 2010 I basically had gelato everyday.  I also made a (not always very precise) note of all the ice-cream places we went.

I thought I would share it and then (drum roll) attempt to make an ice-cream report of all the London ice-cream shops and gelaterias.  Obviously as I am not on holiday and eating ice-cream everyday (pity that) it will be a more sporadic sort of thing, but hopefully you will enjoy it and if you have any suggestions for London locations let me know.

Gelato Report

Bologna

Name: Il Gelataura
Flavours: Pumpkin & Cinnamon; Chocolate
Score: 8 / 10

Name: Venchi
Flavours: Chocolate; Cherry
Score: 6 / 10
Unfortunately the recommended gelateria that we were going to try only opened at 16.30 (which was after our train left) so we had a generic chain-store ice-cream instead

Arezzo, Tuscany

Name: Unknown, located on the circle up from the station
Flavours: Chocolate; Marscapone & Nutella
Score: 7 / 10

Cortona, Tuscany

Name: La Dolce Vita
Flavours: Chocolate and Coffee
Score: 7.5 / 10

Umbertide, Tuscany

Name: Coletti Caffetteria
Flavours: Pannacotta and Cherry (and a taste of Marscapone)
Score: 8.5 / 10
A slightly shabby looking establishment but friendly.  A large variety of ice-creams.

Volterra,Tuscany

Name: Not noted
Flavours: Miele (Honey) and Dark Chocolate
Score: 8.5 / 10

Rome

The only place to go is Gelateria del Teatro off Via del Coronari (near Piazza Navona).  When I took T he finally got my obsession with Italian Gelato. It is amazing!
Flavours tried over the days we were in Rome: Lemon Pie; Cherry and Ricotta (so creamy!), Sicilian Wine Cream; Basil and White Chocolate; Sicilian Cherry Tomato; Orange and Chocolate; Stracciatella (vanilla and choc chip); Peach & lavender; Tiramisu
I could eat this ice-cream every day and never get tired (though I might get fat)
Score: 10 / 10

Naples

Name: Siemmia
Flavours: Chocolate
Score: 7.5 / 10

Capri
Name: Il Gelato el Limone
Flavours: Lemon (can’t remember others)
Score: 8 / 10

Florence

Name: Volvi
Flavours: Coffee mousse; Lemon cream; Watermelon; Fig
Score: 7 / 10

Name: Festival del Gelato
Flavours: Marscapone; Nutella and pear; Orange and Chocolate
Score: 4 / 10
“Most disappointing ice-cream experience ever”; flavours were bland.

Name: Didn’t get it (down Borgo Albizi just before it hits Via Giuseppe Verdi)
Flavours: Lemon, Coconut
Score: 8 / 10

Name: RivaReno, Borgo Albizi
Flavours: Fig and Ricotta; Extra dark chocolate; Cream; Pinenuts; Pistachio
Score: 9 / 10
Good enough for a return visit!  They didn’t speak English but were helpful.

Sienna

Name: Rusticheto, via della Sapienza
Flavours: Nocciolone (hazelnut), Cookies, Coconut, Melon
Score: 7.5 / 10

Image source: Dan Daniloff (Etsy)

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One Response to “Italian Gelati”

  1. Nic's Notebook 27 June 2011 at 1:53 pm #

    I had ice cream once in Italy when I was younger & on hol – it was just at our hotel, never rem thinking it was fab. There are some amazing flavours in your list! I’ll def rem this post if I ever go to Rome lol. 😉 x

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