Can you imagine something better than Ice-cream? Yes, there is and that is called Gelato. Gelato is a better version of Ice-cream because it is churned slowly to give it a rich and creamy feel. Many of the experts have experienced Gelato to be the best form of dessert, preferred not only by Italians but people around the globe.
As compared to Ice-cream, Gelato has a lower percentage of fat because it's ingredients consists mostly of the custard base, milk, cream, sugar, and egg yolks - but with a higher proportion of milk and a lower proportion of cream and eggs (or no eggs at all) making it a low – fat consumable item.
Gelato means frozen, which could be used for something other than ice-cream, but it is an accepted fact that when we hear Gelato, it means a dessert which looks and feels like an Ice-cream but is way better than that.
The first Gelato was introduced to people in the 16th century by a chef called Bernardo Buontalenti from Florence. The art of making Gelato is passed down from fathers to sons and them to their sons until perfected. Sometime during the 20th century, Italians decided to scatter and spread frozen treats to various countries, America being one of them.
Where can you find the best Gelato in Italy? The Gelato shops are called “Gelateria” and the authentic ones will stick to classic flavours such as vanilla (vaniglia) and chocolate (cioccolato), but other common flavours include hazelnut (nocciola), stracciatella (vanilla gelato with crunchy chocolate pieces), yoghurt, Nutella, tiramisu, pistachio, coffee (caffè), and (Amarena) vanilla gelato with cherries.
However, you can also treat your taste buds with fruit-flavoured gelatos which are typically made with very little dairy, giving them the consistency of a sorbet. They come in a plethora of flavours including apple (mela), strawberry (fragola), melon (Melone), pineapple (ananas), raspberry (lampone), and peach (Pesca).
Are you worried that you do not speak Italian? How would you order your Gelato?
Well, the best part about the Gelateria in Italy is that the flavours have a plethora of ingredients which makes ordering of your flavour easier for you. If you are in a dilemma of which flavour to taste, try several altogether or one by one because even on a small cone, you can usually choose two flavours. But make sure to specify whether you want a cone (cono) or a cup (coppa).
Gelato is often charged by the size of cup or cone and the flavour/flavours you choose.
Italians are known to get creative with their flavours in Gelato and thus, they have started using ingredients such as basil, ginger, or cinnamon, or even making savoury gelatos instead of sweet. You will also find soy milk gelato and yoghurt.
Source(s): Tripsavvy, Spoonuniversity