Enjoy Gelato? Italian Ice Cream GuidePosted: 05/19/2011
I love sweets. Italy is more than happy to indulge my need for dolce! Gelato is one of those sweets so freely available here.
Gelato is not exactly ice cream. It is more like ice milk, so I reason that it has to be less fattening!
Gelato shops or Gelaterias are in every community, sometimes it seems on every corner. Gelato shops are usually open all day, with no riposo time. I can get my fix at 2 PM if I so choose! Italians eat a lot of gelato, so these stores never seem to be empty.
Because there is a gelato store on my path home from my son’s bus stop, I have gotten really good at ordering gelato!
How to Order Gelato
Guidebooks recommend, in Italy, always pay first. (In my small town, I don’t. This is because there is usually only one person working in the store.) If you are in a larger community, make sure you approach the cashier first and pay. You will need to let the cashier know if you want a cup (coppa) or cone (cono) and how many scoops or flavors you would like.
You may have to hand the server your receipt. Then, pick your flavors and tell the server which ones to serve up!
My usual conversation goes like this:
“Un coppa, per favore.” … “One cup, please”
“Vorrei fragoli senza latte.”…”I would like the strawberry sorbet.”
“Un euro dieci.” … “One Euro ten cents”
This is possibly not grammatically correct, but it always works for me!
Gelato Flavor Guide -A short and incomplete list.
- Cioccolato — Chocolate
- Fior di Latte — Sweet Cream
- Stracciatella — Chocolate Chip
- Bacio — Chocolate Hazelnut
- Nocciola — Hazelnut
- Pistacchio — Same as Pistacchio in English
- Mandorla — Almond
- Caffe — Coffee, expresso
- Fragola — Strawberry
- Limone — Lemon
- Melone — Melon, can be watermelon or canteloupe
- Amarreto — Like the liquor Amaretto
There are so many flavors of gelato that it is impossible to list them all. Each shop has different specialties and every day different flavors are available.
I am trying to enjoy them all!