Gelato Lessons

1 Aug

This photo – courtesy of msupermom from her recent trip to Rome – got me day dreaming about Italian gelato, one of the best things on earth.Gelato is similar to ice cream in that it has most of the same basic ingredients – milk, cream, sugar.  But, gelato is lighter than ice cream.  Specifically, it has less butterfat than ice cream (it is made with a lower-fat milk), which gives it a smoother consistency and generally makes it taste better (more butterfat = a coating on your palate, which is why you cannot taste ice cream flavors as deeply as gelato flavors).

You will mostly find traditional gelato flavors in Italy.  For example, stracciatella (similar to chocolate chip ice cream), bacio (chocolate hazelnut), and noci (walnuts) are popular gelato flavors.  Get it with panna (whipped cream) for the full experience.

While gelato in the states is not quite like Italian gelato, it is getting better and better.  In Chicago, one of my favorite gelato places is Black Dog Gelato.  It’s hipster gelato, but it’s really good.  I also remember a gelato bar in Portland being great.  It might have been Mio Gelato in the Pearl District.  I know there are some nice places in Los Angeles, too – will have to do some diligence the next time I am out there.  When you are out of options, check Whole Foods.  Ours has a really nice gelato bar – I imagine other locations do, too.

3 Responses to “Gelato Lessons”

  1. sheelbeel August 1, 2011 at 10:26 pm #

    Oh you’re making my mouth water. How I miss eating gelato in Italy!!!

  2. Robert Lightman August 15, 2011 at 5:42 pm #

    We love your post,
    And we love gelato, too!


    • Diz August 19, 2011 at 9:17 pm #

      Thank you!

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