The best ice-cream parlours in Italy
Sun, relax, holiday … What is better than a fresh and refreshing ice cream? Created in Florence, Italian Gelato is famous for its handmade, all-natural quality. One of the best-loved Italian products together with pasta and pizza, Italian ice cream is different from a standard one, because it is made with milk instead of cream, giving the gelato a more blended flavor.
From Florence to Rome, from Milan to Palermo, here for you a selection of the best ice-cream parlours or gelateria in Italian, in Italy:
La Carraia (Florence)
Situated in the birthplace of gelato, it is located lightly off the Oltrarno side of Ponte alla Carraia. It is famous for the intensity and the creamy of the flavors, in particular the dark chocolate gelato. It’s hard find something denser anywhere else. Portions are generous and prices are low: a score for just €1!
Piazza Nazario Sauro, 25r, Florence; +39 055 280695
Gelateria | Caruso (Rome)
The most fresher made on-site gelato in the centre of Rome. Flavours are a mixture of seasonal (melon, pineapple and mandarin orange gelato) and traditional. Their touch of class is the fresh whipped cream with zabaglione (a sweet marsala wine) put on the top of the gelato.
Via Collina, 13-1, Rome; +39 06 4201 6420
La Sorbetteria Castiglione (Bologna)
The outstanding flavour is the Dolce Emma, honey-caramelized figs and lemon tucked into silky ricotta gelato, followed by the Dolce Contagio, crisp candied walnuts in a earthy pine nut gelato. For those reasons, it’s not difficult to imagine why this gelateria has opened two other locations in Italy. And if you want to try something lighter, don’t forget about the seasonal fruit sorbertoos!
Via Castiglione, 44, Bologna; +39 051 233257
Alberto Marchetti (Turin)
Recommended by locals as the freshest-tasting gelateria in Turin: all gelato served is produced daily in-house . All ingredients are seasonal and high quality and every day the owner publishes the ingredient list on the website. We suggest you to try Fior di latte flavor (mozzarella made from cow’s milk) and Farina Bona flavor (pleasant flour flavor, reminiscemt of toasted corn).
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 2, Torino; +39 011 839 0879
Gelateria Alaska (Venice)
Gelateria Alaska is a secret temple of gelato hidden in the crowds in Santa Croce that offers daring and superb flavors as rosewater, cardamom, artichoke, think ginger. The owner Carlo Pistacchi is hilarious and charming. The consistency is less dense and lighter than others gelaterias, but with fullness of flavor.
Calle Larga de Bari, 1159, Venice; +39 041 715211
Emilia Cremeria (Parma)
The secret of the gelateria is its covered silver containers that ensures the coldest gelato possible. It’s a perfect contrast to the gooey, warm melted chocolate that they put in the cone before heaping it with scoops.
Farini, 29, Parma; +39 0521 207316
Come il Latte (Rome)
Opened only a couple of years ago, at only ten minutes’s walk from Termini station, it’s a serious contender in the gelato market. Like Emilia Cremeria, you can put molten chocolate before your scoop and on the top too. Don’t miss the buttery and sinfully rich flavors as salted caramel or mascarpone with biscotti.
Via Silvio Spaventa, 24/26, Rome; +39 06 4290 3882
Il Massimo Del Gelato (Milan)
There are two shops in Milan, but the historical one in Via Lodovico Castelvetro is the best one because it is bigger and it offers more flavors, more than 140, made fresh daily. The main protagonist is the chocolate: each day you can find almost eight chocolate flavors with variations like 75%, 100%, chocolate with cinnamon, chocolate rum, chocolate almond, chocolate rum … But don’t worry, if you don’t like chocolate, they have also a delicious fruit-based selection!
Via Lodovico Castelvetro, 18, Milan