Yes, I am talking about the famous Italian ice cream. It’s so good! Once when I was in Rome, I was served a cone so big (and then I understood why it cost 9 euros) that it ended up being my meal. I did not have any appetite for anything else after that. In addition, there was a gelateria at the exit of the subway, perfectly located to buy a cone to eat on the way to my hotel in Rome…
I recently returned to Italy, not to Rome, but to Liguria, and I did not resist eating gelato again.
So I took advantage of my recent stay in Lerici, Italy, to savor as many gelato flavors as possible (without making it a meal this time). Generally, one has the choice between a cone or a cup. In both cases, we can select 2 or 3 flavors according to the desired format. And as for choice, there are a lot!
Around Garibaldi Square, I counted 4 different gelaterias, plus a temporary gelateria installed there for a local celebration!
Cono o coppetta
The old ladies who served me here were really nice and smiling.
At Papavera, I was told that the gelato was very healthy, made with fresh bio fruits, nothing less! I’m not sure that the chocolate, cream and caramel flavors are so good for the health though … But honestly, we’re talking here about eating ice cream, obviously the healthy eating aspect is not my main consideration.
A special feature of this place is to offer ice cream in the shape of sushi. According to the poster at least, because when I wanted to buy some, they did not have it.
Gelateria Mobile Il Lungomare
There was a holiday for a religious celebration, so Garibaldi Square and the promenade along the harbor were filled with kiosks of all kinds selling food products, electronics, clothing, jewelry, kitchen items, etc. I took advantage of this opportunity to taste new flavors of gelato.
Going from Lerici, San Terenzo is located a distance that is easy to walk to on the promenade along the shore. All while enjoying a gelato cone or cup, of course!
Arriving in San Terenzo, standing in front of a gelateria, I could easily see 2 more, less than a corner away, on each side. They are really everywhere.
Gelateria La Rana Golosa
I chose La Rana Golosa (left on the picture), a small but nice gelateria. I then ate while walking towards the San Terenzo Castle which turned out to be closed. It gave me the opportunity to take a path of stairs and narrow ways up the hill. The view was superb.
il borgo Gelateria Artigianale
After climbing up the hill and going back down, I really wanted another ice cream and I went to il Borgo (right on the picture) which offered even more flavors than the previous place.
Speaking of flavors, there are really a lot. As I visited the gelateria Papavera several times, I noticed that the flavors changed regularly. The owner explained to me that his ice creams are made of fresh ingredients without preservatives, so his gelatos do not preserve more than 2 days. It suits him well because he likes to change often and develop new original flavors (like orange ginger).
In total, spread over 8 cones / cups, I tried 18 different flavors of gelato. Here they are:
- Fragola (strawberry)
- Limone (lemon)
- Pera (pear)
- Lerici (caramel)
- Orange ginger
- Frutti di bosco (berries)
- Mandorla (almond)
- Vero amore
- Pesca (peach)
- Stracciatella (with chocolate)
- Nocciola (hazelnut)
- Mango banana
- Carpe diem
- Ricotta miele e noci (honey and nuts)
My favorites are hazelnuts / almonds as well as those with fruits like strawberry and small berries.
It’s not over yet. I had a 8 hours layover in Munich between my return flights. So, I visited the city a bit and came across a German gelateria!
The ice creams were comparable to those of Italy in choice of flavors and quality.
Let’s not forget the gelaterias from home! I wanted to go back there to compare the taste while it’s fresh in my memory. However, the gloomy weather of the late March rain at temperature around the freezing point dissuaded me. I will still share with you my favorite place in Québec city.
This gelateria was opened by the Italian Giacomo Donati in 1998. They make really excellent ice cream, now for a little over 20 years. Here is their website Tutto Gelato. I have been many times and this is a place that I highly recommend.
Challenge for YOU
Well, I do not know if we can really consider an invitation to eat gelato as a challenge, but I encourage you to find a gelateria near you (or while travelling) and try as many flavors as you can!