I don’t usually have much of a sweet tooth, but when in Italy I just can’t resist their gelato.
I ate like a queen on my recent jaunt in Italy. I ate pasta, I ate pizza, I ate Florentine steak, I ate more pasta…and I tried lots of really good gelato. Everywhere you go you see mounds of Italian ice-cream in all different flavours and colours. Gelato tastes so much better than the ice-cream at home. It has that deliciously creamy taste, that intense flavour and that velvety soft, not-quite-frozen texture. But with a Gelateria on every street corner, it’s not always easy to know the best place to taste some gelato, so I’ve listed the best gelato I’ve eaten in Italy!
Best Gelato in Rome
Il Gelato di San Crispino
Il Gelato di San Crispino is often considered to make the best gelato in Rome. I went to the branch near the Trevi Fountain and tried two flavours- the Ginger and Cinnamon and the “Il Gelato di San Crispino” flavour, which is honey flavoured! It contains “arbutus-berry” honey extracted from Sardinia in a W.W.F Reserve and it tastes absolutely delicious!
Best Gelato in Florence
Grom has my favourite flavour gelato in the whole of Italy. The ‘Crema com Una Volta’ flavour is to die for! This is an egg flavoured cream gelato made with the best eggs, fresh cream and a small amount of grated lemon peel. Egg flavour is the way forward! I also had the ‘Crema di Grom’ made with egg cream, “meliga” biscuits and dark chocolate from Colombia.
The other gelato I tried in Florence was at Vivoli. I had the ‘Riso’ ice cream on recommendation from the American couple in front of me. Yes it had rice grains in it and kind of tasted like rice pudding! It was incredible. I almost opted for the weird-looking, grey sesame flavour, but instead I opted for the ‘Marengo’ flavour- that’s meringue to you and me. Have you ever made meringues? Before you bake them you have to whisk the egg whites until they have this glossy texture, and that was the exact texture of this ice cream! I was in heaven! Here’s a picture of me with my friend Brent eating our ice creams outside Vivoli!
So there you have it, the best gelato in Italy in my opinion. What’s the best gelato you’ve tried in Italy and where was it?