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.