But there is a very important lesson to be learned in order to become a true connoisseur of gelato. All gelato is not created equal. And good gelato is worth it's weight in gold. Bad gelato..... you can't complain, it's still a cold sweet treat.... but sometimes it's pretty terrible and very disappointing.
The ways to spot good gelato:
1. No nasty heaps or mounds of gelato. (Even if they look good, heaps or mounds means it is artificial and cheap)
2. Natural looking colors.
3. A line out the door is always a good sign.
So gelato was a huge part of our life almost every single day in Italy especially. Funny fact that I'll talk about again when I talk about all the food of Europe. But funny fact all the same: we ALL lost weight in Europe. So obviously eating gelato once, twice, three times a day is the best thing to do if you want to shed some pounds. :) It was fun to see each family members gelato preferences. My dad always got some type of fruit, Chad loved the mint, Maddie loved the chocolate, Nick loved coconut, and Jason.... he was always the wild card.
|This was our first night in Florence. |
My dad with his strawberry, mom with peach, and me with hazelnut.
This gelato place was right by our apartment but we later learned it wasn't that great of gelato.
|Us in Rome. Not very good gelato but dude it was hot. So it was amazing.|
So I figured I should make a top ten most delicious flavors of gelato I had in my time throughout Europe. Some are pictured, some aren't. Because you kinda feel ridiculous taking pictures of every single cone of gelato.
My go to that isn't even on the list was hazelnut. For me, hazelnut was the safe bet. I was never disappointed with it. But of course I wanted to try and venture out and see what else the world of gelato had to offer.
10. Pistachio in Monterosso al Mare, Italy. (You can tell this is good pistachio gelato because it is an ugly green brown color which means it natural. Fake pistachio is a bright beautiful green)
9. Ricotta - I loved ricotta because it was kind of like cheesecake. Not super sweet but a delicious hint of cheese. I got ricotta whenever it was available.
7. Milk. Yes, plane milk was one of my favorite flavors. It was very simple and sweet. I would always get it with a fruit flavor if milk was available. This picture is milk with lemon in Vernazza, Italy.
5. Sicilian Citrus by the David Museum in Florence. This flavor was amazing. I had it multiple times. It had the zest of lemon, limes, and other citrus mixed in for a power house of flavor!
1. Lavender - on a side street of the Duomo
The best gelato I had was the night before we left Florence. My dad had discovered the most delicious natural gelato shop the day before so we had to return. The flavor I got was lavender.... and I will dream of that cone of gelato for the rest of my life. Sounds dramatic I know. But man oh man it was delicious.
|You know I love my baby because I shared!!!|
The flavor that I am super bummed I never tried... probably because I didn't know what cinnamon translated into in Italian so I didn't ever see it. But I hear cinnamon is killer.
Now if only I could have a cone of gelato right now................