Tuesday, June 27, 2017
200 Reviews of Rome: Gelateria Artigianale La Strega Nocciola
Wait. Let me just collect myself here. I feel all emotional.
No, I can go on. I'm okay.
You never know what will take you away. I had no real problem writing my 5 star review of the beloved Borghese Galleria (5 Stars), but when I gather up my metaphorical quill pen to tell you about La Strega Nocciola I find I'm a little weepy. To my left, as I write, on my bookshelves, sits a small stack of what amounts to bookmarks from La Strega that I, um, over helped myself to. I couldn't find a way to do otherwise. They would have made such nice gifts if I could have brought myself to give any of them away. They have that lovely cursive script, with the gelateria's name, and their signature witch's hat on a field of green. Man, I love those bookmarks. Maybe one day I will be able to bring myself to use one to keep my place in a book. I only have about 20. I don't want to use them all up too quickly.
So by now you might be guessing that I liked the gelato at La Strega Nocciola. Good eye, you! I did!
They were my second favorite gelateria in all of Rome.
Don't you hate when someone says something like "They were my second favorite gelateria in all of Rome." But doesn't bother to tell you their favorite?
I was just looking through some reviews of La Strega to prepare for writing my own review, and some sad sack was all like: "Why bother with this place when there are at least two better places nearby." Oh really bigshot? Where?
But who am I to judge. I will give this person the benefit of the doubt and assume that by "nearby" they mean on somewhere on all of planet Earth. I myself am rating one place higher. Certainly there can be another, on Earth, somewhere, you know, "nearby", relative to the size of the Universe and everything.
So I would totally tell you my favorite gelato place in Rome, but I want you to have to read through all 200 of my reviews of Rome. I hope you don't mind too much. Indulge me. I think you'll find it worthwhile. Maybe, I mean, if you're highly evolved. And the thing is there's so little difference between first place here and second place. It's ridiculously tiny, and I even suspect that the fact that La Strega Nocciola is a bit of a chain, possibly with the original in Florence, has influenced my ranking, out of a loyalty to Rome, and against chains.
But one thing was shimmeringly clear to me: the single best flavor of gelato I had in all of Rome, or really anywhere ever, counting all ice cream and everything related to frozen desserts anywhere in all of time, belonged to La Strega Nocciola.
I'm a very fine writer, up for any challenge, and I could certainly tackle a description of their lovely lavender gelato, but, oh, it would be a fool's game, a fool's game.
And that's all I have to say.