When you come in Italy you want to eat really Italian Gelato not “ice cream”.
The History of Gelato dates back to the 16th century. There is some confusion in the origin as to where or who really invented gelato. As most stories go, it is credited to Bernardo Buontalenti, a native of Florence, who delighted the court of Catherina dei Medici with his creation. Italians are certainly credited with introducing gelato to the rest of Europe; with Sicilian born Francesco Procopio dei Coltelli who undoubtedly was one of the most influential individuals in the history of gelato, as one of the first to sell it to the public. Summoned to Paris in 1686, he opened a café named after himself called “Café Procope”, which quickly became one of the most celebrated haunts of the literary establishment in France. In Italy meanwhile, the art of traditional gelato making was passed on from father to son, improved and perfected right up to the 20th century, when many gelato makers began to emigrate, taking their know-how to the rest of Europe
Gelato in Italian literally means “frozen”, but it basically used to indicate the Italian type of ice cream. One of the basic differences between Gelato and the ice cream we know of in the United States is that it doesn’t contain as much air, and is therefore more intense in flavor. In part, Gelato is healthier than American-style ice cream since it is made with all natural ingredients and contains fewer calories and less butter fat. Our Gelato is made fresh on the premises so that we can bring you the highest quality product around
Gelato Italiano is made from all natural ingredients.
Gelato is very popular in Italy with Italians and tourists. There are stores that specialize in gelato but make attention not all homemade gelato is the same, some places use commercial mixes, some places use fresh ingredients. Sometimes You can find not original Gelato in the centre of Florence, for example if you see in showcase Gelato like a mountain don’t think it’s real Gelato Italiano…they put industrial ice cream impersonating the original Gelato Italiano.
Look for these signs to designate quality Gelato Italiano:
Produzione Propria (homemade – our own production)
Nostra Produzione (our production)
Produzione Artigianale (production by craftsmen)
Article By : Via Doni 18/r Florence
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