If you are following my Instagram, you probably know that Italy is like my second home in these years, as I travel there so often and spent almost 1/3 of the whole year in this beautiful country. So far, I have only been there in spring and summer, I have actually booked another trip in this Christmas. So excited already – wish to share something totally different with you in the new year!
If you ask me what impresses me the most in Italy? To be honest, I cannot shut up with only one answer. I have to give you a long list, however, I can promise Gelato is on the list. Back to 2014, when I was backpacking in Europe, my great One-Gelato-A-Day memory is still fresh. Don’t ask me the gelato shop recommendation in Italy. Every time I travel with my boyfriend as a local, and this guy takes me to the areas totally outside the city centre, and doesn’t give me any chance to even take a note of Gelato shop’s name! The only memory is about the flavours, which are transferred straight from my palate to the deep corner of my brain!!! Luckily I do ask and remember those flavours, and now I am here to share with you.
My ASOS cute pink sunglasses with white frame and also this super chic but simple white swimsuit, click here and here. Jean Skirt from H&M and red Sandals from Topshop UK online shop, but unfortunately they are off already.
“Always get the cone & Always good to have a little biscuit”
Talking about the least interesting part first is about the cone. I know in the deep summer of Italy, having a gelato with cone means you need to eat fast enough to avoid a messy hand with all melted gelato. However, how can’t we enjoy a gelato with those crispy and light-weighted cone?! Plus it’s such a good combination for camera. My favourite cone types (regardless of sizes) are,
- cookie skin cone
- cone coated with chocolate, if it’s also with peanut chips, rush to it
- cone with an inner layer of chocolate (such a hidden trick)
The biscuit – it really depends to the gelato shops. Sometimes it’s free and sounds like the most normal thing for a shop to give you a piece of biscuit on top without asking, while in big tourism cities, you probably need to pay for it. To me, it’s not mandatory, however, I do enjoy a free offer and I find it’s quite good to use it as a spoon.
// 一上来说些有的没的吧（其实也很重要！）– 冰淇淋筒。在意大利的大夏天，吃Gelato选择用传统冰淇淋筒的绝对是对速度的考验，要知道要吃的比冰淇淋化的快，不是件容易事！然而，吃Gelato又怎么能不选，口感脆、完美中和冰淇淋腻度的甜筒呢，人家发明这玩意出来是有道理的！在意大利的Gelato店，一般能找到下面几种不同的甜筒，都是我喜欢的：
“You can literally mix up any type of gelato flavours”
It’s actually is not a good idea to mix sorbet/fruit-based flavour with creamy flavour, but after several times of experimenting, I think there’s not such a saying for real Italian gelato. Here I have some my favourites to tell, you really really have to try,
Sorbet / fruit-based flavour
- Champaign – Giolitti, Rome
- Mint & Lemon – Cinque Terre
- Lavender – Venice
- Bacio – Montefiascone
- Rose – Cinque Terre
- Pistachio – Siena
- Nutella – Siena
- 香槟 – Giolitti, Rome
- 薄荷柠檬 – Cinque Terre
- 薰衣草 – Venice
- Bacio（类似巧克力果仁）– Montefiascone
- 玫瑰 – Cinque Terre
- 开心果 – Siena
- Nutella – Siena
There is a flavour category falling totally outside the normal range, and I have to tell here.
The cream – Normally, Italians will ask you “Panna?” before handing you the gelato. My big guy is a fan of cream (if you see my Instagram picture of his ordering at Giolitti. I have no words for his choice), but he’s pretty picky for only fresh homemade cream instead of those from the air-pressed bottle. The gelato shop in Siena and Rome we’ve visited are the one. (I will write all those gelato shop information below)
The extremely rare, which I only see once and that gelato shop is located in the quietest corner outside Milan city centre. The flavour is called, Nutella. OH YEAH, you get confused right? It is not the Nutella flavour I mentioned in creamy flavour category. This one is truly dark brown colour (just like Nutella spread) but with a much thicker texture. It is 100% Nutella spread, which is just frozen as gelato. Ask me the taste? It’s killing!!! Eating it is like being kill by devil. So, be caution, if you find this flavour in a shop and you order it, make sure you do have crime partner, because it is just too intensive and rich for a person to finish a scoop! (Your tongue will stick to your upper jaw)
Hope you enjoy my little sharing about gelato flavours in Italy. Below you can find all shops.
Gelato shops I’ve visited and loving now,
Via degli Uffici del Vicario 40, Roma, Italy
Via San Pietro 20, Siena, Italy
Gelateria & Yogurteria
Via Oreste Borghesi 65, Montefiasone, Lazio (opposite to Piper Bar)