How to order a gelato - The Italian Way
Pistacchio or Pistashoooww
How can you not think of gelato when you’re in Italy for the summer holidays! So creamy, delicious, fresh and refreshing. There are so many different ice-cream shops and so many different flavours to try out! Where do you start from??
First things first, it’s Pistacchio not Pistashoooowwww. How to sound like Hermione Granger in a sentence! Sorry! Pistacchio should be pronounced like Pea-stack-yo. But we like it when we hear Pistashow, makes us smile.
I would say the best Italian combinations are Pistacchio and Nocciola (Hazelnut) with fresh Panna (whipped cream) for the final touch. I think this is a good starting point for your first true Italian ice-cream. The reason is they are 100% Italian made flavours. We have cultivation’s of these nuts and good milk for the cream! All flavours are dairy products though.
If you are more in a fruity mood, I would go with Fragola (Strawberry) and Limone (Lemon). We are very proud of our lemons. These are two flavours which would typically also be found as sorbets in restaurants and ‘granitas’, typical Sicilian semi-frozen desert which they also have for breakfast! Nearly 100% of times, fruit flavoured ice-creams in Italy are dairy-free so perfect for who’s Vegan and needs a non dairy ice-cream. If instead, your aren’t vegan and still want whipped cream topping, I would go for strawberry and whipped cream. So good!
You will always be asked ‘Cono o Coppetta?’ This means ‘Would you like your ice-cream in a cone or cup?’ You will then be asked the dimensions of your ‘coppa or cono’. The biggest one is made for three flavours/scoops and the smaller for one flavour. This doesn’t include the whipped cream. Theres always space for that extra cream. Some shops ask for €0.50 extra for this luxurious delicatessen.
Me and my niece always go for coppetta for practical reasons, less messy. or at least, it should be.
The last flavour I would tell you to try, once you’ve become a real ice-cream connoisseur, is Mandorla (almond) so, so good. Again, we are big cultivators of this nut, especially in the South of Italy. Whereas Nocciola (Hazelnut) is more of a northern nut. Hence FERRERO. Ever heard of Nutella? Yup, all Ferrero products are made with hazelnuts! Or most..!
If you happen to be in Florence for a weekend please go and try Gelateria della Passera, in Piazza della Passera, just behind Ponte Vecchio (Oltrarno side) where all the artisans are. Here is the link to their website https://gelaterialapassera.wordpress.com.
If you happen to be in Rome and wonder where to find an ice-cream shop in Rome I would suggest Gelateria Ciampini http://www.ciampini.com in Piazza di San Lorenzo in Lucina.
Now go get some ice-cream! And don’t be afraid, sometimes it can be hectic as we all want ice-cream when the temperatures rise! So be quick and decisive or we will start gesticulating.
PS. Avoid, at all costs places that illustrate banners or phrase in English. We consider them tourist traps. Usually this is the case but not 100% of the times!