Monday, October 28, 2019
Florence generic gelato review
By the time you read this my wife and I will be in Florence. I am reading a lot of reviews in preparation for this trip. I find these compelling, occasionally useful, contradictory, truly pointless, and addictive. Along with the travel vlogs I watch I feel I have a sense for the collective tone and quality of these reviews as a kind of ur-review, the ultimate review that sums up each category of establishment. Today we will start with the generic gelato review.
Generic Florence Gelateria Review
They say you can't get great gelato right near the city center, but this legendary place is the great exception. Just make sure you don't go into the nearby gelateria, also called a gelateria, as it's not nearly as good.
This place is amazing. I love gelato. I could eat it all day! But when the gelato is this good you want to take your time with it. Except not too much time or it melts!
Anyway this gelateria (place that sells gelato) is a little family owned gem, where they make their own gelato from real ingredients they get from people who sell it to them. It's super authentic, owned by a family of just the nicest people. Giuseppe was fantastic, so friendly, and he talked to us for hours about the local soccer team in Italian, which, sadly, is not a language I speak. He knew enough English though to translate all the flavors for me. Four of them were chocolate and I love, love, love chocolate. There were exotic flavors too, like pistachio, which supposedly tastes nutty, and lemon sage. Weird, but intriguing! Try that one out!
You can get gelato in a cup or a cone and they have about 15 different sizes and varieties so just point vaguely at something and they'll talk to you in Italian for awhile and then give you one of them full of ice cream. Except it's not ice cream, it's gelato, which apparently is a little different than ice cream (though not much, it's like halfway between soft serve and ice cream).
I think this is by far the best gelateria in Florence, and maybe in all of Italy, although I've only been to two of them altogether, and because I was still full from lunch I didn't have any gelato at this one.
Do not miss this if you go to Florence!