Dreaming About Gelato in Florence


I have written about the great meals we had in Florence. But I have not yet written about the fabulous gelato we had there. In Florence (as well as in Venice and Rome), it seems as if they sell gelato about every five feet. If you get an urge for something cold and sweet, you're never far away from your fix.

It's tough to find bad gelato — it's more of a question of delicious vs. earth shattering. Our favorite was Gelateria La Carraia, which is right by the Carraia bridge on the Oltrarno side. We went far out of our way on two occasions to have it — and we were glad we did. Prices start at €1 for a decently-sized small. We loved the biscotto flavor, which had rich chocolate cookie pieces in crema gelato. (Crema is like vanilla but is made with eggs.) Biscotto was very popular in Florence but nowhere to be found at our next stop: Rome.

Now that I'm back home in NYC, my choices for gelato are far fewer. Luckily, New York has two locations of the Itay-based, slow-food gelateria Grom. I saw it in Florence and Venice, but I didn't try it there since I knew I could get it back here. So I have no idea if it's even better in Italy, but I can tell you it's pretty terrific in New York.

5 Responses to Dreaming About Gelato in Florence

  1. Angela K. Nickerson August 7, 2009 at 12:54 am #

    Oh, I’ve eaten at Grom in Florence, and it is fabulous. My favorite gelato in Firenze, though, is at Gelateria Neri on Via Neri. Fantastico!

  2. Julie Gilley August 7, 2009 at 8:21 am #

    I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I’ve never eaten gelato in Firenze (only Roma), so next time I will have to try La Carraia– the biscotto flavor sounds divine. Thanks for the tip! BTW – the photo of cones is awesome!

  3. Chris Cook August 7, 2009 at 9:12 am #

    Great suggestion! My favorite place is right in front of the Pitti Palace…small whole in the wall place with a tiny neon sign out front. You can just grab a cup or cone and then people watch from the sloping, concrete front yard of the Palace. Another fun but more touristy place is Carnival de Gealato as you head away from Piazza della Republica down Via del corso. If nothing else, this bright, neon lit place is somewhere to grab a cheap cup of coffee or espresso in an otherwise expensive part of town.

  4. mina August 17, 2009 at 10:00 pm #

    That photo is awesome and this is a great blog.

  5. jessiev
    Twitter: WanderingEds
    August 24, 2009 at 10:11 am #

    hoo boy. i think i need to hop on a plane today! YUM!

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