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Tag Archives: Gelato

Italian Gelato, Italy’s Frozen Wonder

There is nothing in this world better then Italian Gelato! When I was on vacation in Bologna a few years ago, I asked my host and his girlfriend to recommend the best gelateria inthe city. Of course I got two different answers! And there was one that I ended up loving most right across the street from their apartment. That’s the great thing about Italian gelato. There are so many wonderful flavors and so many excellent gelateria, in Italy and increasingly in the States, that it’s hard to go wrong. In Rome, there’s Gelateria Fatamorgana. Badiani in Florence gets a lot of votes. In Venice, some people like Gelateria del Doge on Campo Santa Margherita best. But when it comes to gelato, it’s almost impossible to go wrong. And just what is gelato, besides delicious? It’s ice cream’s cousin, for sure. The main differences: less butterfat and more sugar. For [...]

Do All Olive Oil Gelato Recipes Lead to Mario Batali?

Today’s blog post is going to be a little more appetizing than yesterday’s. Gelato trumps train strikes any day! But train strikes, or scioperi di treni, are part of Italy’s fabric. Tour Italy Now will be updating you as needed, here on the blog, on Facebook and on Twitter, too. Remember, this is a great link HERE for updates on the latest transport strikes in Italy. Now, on to gelato. Olive oil gelato. Who knew? Not me! Apparently it’s a popular dessert in Mario Batali‘s Otto. Amanda Hesser, on her wonderful crowdsourcing website, Food 52, described the olive oil gelato at Otto in a recent post: “It’s as smooth as aioli, pulsing with green olive flavor, and has sugar and salt dueling in the background.” She noted that the recipe was available on the website Serious Eats. She wondered if Mario’s rendition might be a tad too sweet and rich, [...]