Gelato is Italy’s Perfect Treat

Come and Get It
Come and Get It

Oooh Gelato, I love you…

Alright I’ll come clean… I love gelato.  Or maybe I should say “I love eating gelato in Italy.”   The ritual of going on an evening stroll along one of the shop lined via’s is one of my favorite ways to wind up the day.  Gelato is also a great way to deal with the mid day heat.  Oh sure, you may think that’s just a quick way to pack on the pounds but truth be told,  after all the walking we do sightseeing,  we have yet to gain weight.  Now if we could only keep it up at home we’d be doing great.

 

 

The Gelatoria’s use a variety of ways to grab your attention so that you’ll stop in to buy cup or cone of this delicious creamy treat.

 

The easiest way snare customers is to plop a large colorful fiberglass sculpture of gelato in front of your shop.  Next, wait for travellers like me to stop in and shell out a couple Euro’s for a taste.  This technique always works on me.  

Uno Grande Gelato per Favore
Uno Grande Gelato per Favore

 

The call of the gelato
A Siren to Gelato Lovers

 

If you build it … we will come… to taste your gelato that is.

Another effective way to attract the ice cream crazy traveller is to build a shop and dress it up with neon signage and colorful ceiling tiles.  This is the snare that the Festival Del Gelato used on me.  A 30 foot long display case filled with multiple flavors of the tasty treat sealed the deal.

 

Too Hard to Passby
Too Hard to Pass by

 

The Hill Town of San Gimignano has an especially clever way of  maximizing gelato consumption.

This city of towers has 2 competing gelateria shops within feet of one another.  Gelateria dell’ Olmo has claimed it has “The Best ice cream in the world.” I’m not sure who gave them that title so you may have to take that with a grain of salt.

The second shop, Gelateria Dondoli has won the the Gelato World Championships from 2006 to 2009 therefore, they also lay claim to be number one. This fact gives them the edge in the creds department I would think.

What makes this rivalry such a clever one is, how can you judge who is best without trying them both?  You can’t!  You need to try both of them.  As I see it, it’s a win win scenario. The Gelateria’s get their customers and we get to savor two cups of gelato guilt free.  

Now you probably are wondering which shop I chose as being the best in Piazza della Cisterna.  They both were awesome for me so you’ll just have to go there and decide for yourselves!

 

Gelateria dell' Olmo
We’re the Best

 

Gelateria Dondoli
We’re the Champions

 

The lure of the refrigerated display case!

Clever colorful signage can grab your attention however,  it’s the display cases that seal the deal.  The curved glass fronts of the case is all that stands in the way of you and happiness.  That and money!  If you look close you can probably see my niece’s hands and nose prints on the glass that protects the goods.

 

Hard decisions
Can I Have One of Everything Dad?

 

Mountains of gelato in Siena
The Hills of Tuscana are made of Gelato

 

Some believe that gelato which is stacked high is not as good as the smaller batches.  It is said that the larger the batch, the less fresh it will be.  This position states that high stacks need to be stored for a longer time as they can’t sell it all during a business day.  Small batches are made fresh daily resulting in a fresher taste experience.  I can agree with this view for the most part, however, you also have to take into account how busy the shop selling it is. In Siena, (the above vendor) had hands down, the highest stacks of the delicious treat we have come across. 

Located just outside the Piazza del Campo, this gelateria sees high volumes of people who are all just waiting to enjoy their own portion of the deliciously crafted ice cream.  I believe that the shear volume of patrons dictates the need for the high stack in some cases.  

 

Gelato hills in Florence
High in Florence

 

Gelateria dell' Olmo
Beautiful and Delicious

 

Gelato for Two
Gelato for Two

 

gelato will make you smile
Keep Calm and Eat Gelato

In the end it’s the taste that will win you over when it comes to gelato

The great thing about gelato is that it comes in so many flavors that will tempt your taste buds.  Personally, I always go for the sour cherry (Amarena) while Tammy prefers the taste of the real vanilla bean blend.  Close seconds are strawberry, pistachio, lemon, mint, melon… you see where I’m going with this.   Check out this great link to  Gelato Flavors.  It will make your mouth water!

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8 thoughts on “Gelato is Italy’s Perfect Treat

  • September 16, 2016 at 8:55 pm
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    Great post Tammy and Peter! We especially loved it because we’ve been to some of the same gelaterias! I only tried gelateria dondoli in San giminiano, but it was awesome! My vote though for best I tried had to be Grom in Florence. There was also a great place in orvieto that comes in a close second, but I can’t remember the name. Either way, we are on the same page… you just can’t beat the experience of gelato in Italia!!

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  • September 16, 2016 at 10:42 pm
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    Yes we tried many a gelateria when we were there too. Eddy always went for coffee flavoured, Richie liked stracitella, Jess was lemon and mostly chocolate for me. Love love it!

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  • September 17, 2016 at 4:45 am
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    I must go judge!

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  • September 17, 2016 at 10:30 pm
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    When our son was four we went to Italy. we bought him gelato before every museum visit. He never complained about spending hours in the museum. He had one or two every day. Usually he had chocolate. My favorite is coffee.

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