the best Ice cream
YOU NEED TO KNOW...
- You normally need to pay for your gelato at the till and then pick your flavour at the counter. In other words, whoever serves you first is only going to care about things that impact the cost like the size or number of scoops. They couldn’t care less what flavour you’re fancying!
- This system means you get to eat your gelato as soon as it ends up in your hand :-) You get given a receipt that you’ll need to show when you make those all-important choices... Which flavour (or flavours) would you like? And would you like a cone (cono) or cup (coppetta)?
- Added extras like whipped cream on top of your ice-cream and melted chocolate in your cone tend to be free of charge.
- You usually need to choose between small (piccolo), medium (medio) and large (grande). Piccolo will normally come with two flavours (due gusti), media with three flavours (tre gusti) and grande with four flavours (quattro gusti). Of course, you can always choose to go large with four scoops of the same flavour :-)
- Important info: Make sure the prices are displayed on the menu before you order. If you can’t see how much it’s going to cost, go somewhere else because some places have been known to charge tourists extortionate prices.
- Did you know that they eat gelato with brioche in the south of Italy? Just in case you wonder why they serve ice-cream stuffed in a brioche bun at gelaterias in Rome! Maybe think about trying a brioche con gelato for a refreshingly light lunch on a hot summer’s day?
- If you decide to eat in at one of the ice-cream parlours, you’ll end up paying more. But don’t worry – this is a standard charge and not some kind of tourist premium. You can always avoid it by choosing the takeaway option and enjoying your gelato treat outside. You won’t regret it!