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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.

// 如果你有follow我的Instagram,想必你也猜到一年之中三分一的时间我都在意大利无比美丽又悠闲的国度。至今为止,我只经历过春季和夏季的意大利,小小透露一下,我已经计划好了今年冬季的旅行计划,又是意大利!对于被白雪覆盖,充满欧式圣诞和新年气息的意大利,我可以期待已久,希望来年可以给大家一轮不一样的体验分享。

你要是让我挑一个意大利的特色来说,绝对的,你给我一张纸我都能随便填满,一点?开玩笑么!倒不如反过来说,挑一点必然会被提到的,就来说说Gelato吧。2014年,当我还年轻有为的时候一个人拎包去欧洲晃悠,最自豪的就是在意大利,一天一个Gelato壮举,千万别问我有什么推荐的店,就好像你在国内,好吃的太多了,转角不起眼的小铺分分钟好吃又便宜的,你会记得那么多么!近几年去意大利玩,每一次都是屁颠颠的跟着男友逛,逛的不是罗马、米兰、弗洛伦萨,而是各种乡村、山沟沟的小地方,全城估计只有我一个亚裔的那种。很多时候,店名都没有一个,要不就怪我太兴奋,一口下去,早不记得给相机先吃了。好在,味蕾是最有记性的,那些很特别又很好吃的Gelato口味,我倒是记下了。如果你打算去意大利扫一圈Gelato的,不如看看我的一些心得。

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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.

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“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:

  • 稍厚的cookie甜筒(不是麦当当那种脆弱型的)
  • 甜筒顶层外围覆了一圈巧克力酱,有的还有粘上碎花生粒
  • 甜筒内圈夹了一圈巧克力酱(类似夹心)

不知道大家对于意式Gelato雪糕上插着一片小饼干的模样有没有印象,这个小动作是根据Gelato店所在的位置而定的。在少有旅游业的小城镇里,这一片小饼干是免费给的,在旅游业火爆的大城市里,这一片不但要你主动提,还得收钱。对我来说,小饼干可有可无,不过用来替代勺子挖着雪糕吃到是很实用!

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“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

Creamy flavour

  • Lavender – Venice
  • Bacio – Montefiascone
  • Rose – Cinque Terre
  • Pistachio – Siena
  • Nutella – Siena

// 理论上、严格上、高追求情况下,将雪葩和奶味口味的雪糕配在一个甜筒上的做法,不规矩也不适合。但是,经过几次乱来,我真心没觉得意式Gelato的口味,会互串,简单来说,就算把清新派的柠檬味配上重口味的三重巧克力味,照样柠檬是柠檬,巧克力是巧克力。我有几款特别特别要跟大家推荐的,如果你碰巧在Gelato店看到了,不妨点来试试:

雪葩类/清新果味类

  • 香槟 – Giolitti, Rome
  • 薄荷柠檬 – Cinque Terre

奶味类

  • 薰衣草 – Venice
  • Bacio(类似巧克力果仁)– Montefiascone
  • 玫瑰 – Cinque Terre
  • 开心果 – Siena
  • Nutella – Siena

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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)

// 还有两个口味,一个常见一个不常见,我觉得这两家伙一定要跟大家说说。

淡奶油。在你选完口味之后,通常意大利人会问你一句“Panna?”(意思是:要奶油吗?)我的那位大个子先生就是个奶油控(我曾经就在Instagram晒过一张Giolitti的邪恶纯奶油冰淇淋照,只有奶油控敢挑战),不过他只喜欢新鲜手工做的淡奶油(据说,味道是很不一样的)。在Siena和罗马的两家Gelato店里用的就是这种新鲜制造的奶油,我会在最后留下店名和地址。

超级少见的Nutella口味,这好家伙我只在米兰城郊的一间很很很不起眼的Gelato店看到过一次!可别把这个口味和普通的Nutella雪糕口味混淆了,这家伙通体深啡色,质地粘稠厚重到感觉一勺下去就拔不出来的样子,其实就是百分百的Nutella给冻起来了。一口下去,有种被魔鬼满满吞噬掉的感觉,想象一下你把一罐Nutella浓缩了再一口放嘴里!如果你有幸瞥见这种口味,一定要试的前提是你有一个愿意跟你一起罪恶一回的人,原因是这口味来一球绝对是一个人吃不下的,腻歪了。

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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,

Giolitti

Via degli Uffici del Vicario 40, Roma, Italy

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Kopa Kabana

Via San Pietro 20, Siena, Italy

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Gelateria & Yogurteria

Via Oreste Borghesi 65, Montefiasone, Lazio (opposite to Piper Bar)

 

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