Monday, April 21, 2008

Travelmarx Gelato Recommendations

Gelateria La Carraia
There is no shortage of gelato places in Florence. Some advice: avoid the shops that have a pile of gelato that looks like a beehive hairdo crossed with a fruit basket. (We don’t know for sure, but suspect that an awful lot of air is used to whip it up.)

Vivoli is everyone’s guide book and is consequently packed (tourists and non-tourists). It opens onto a tiny, pleasant piazza, so what’s not to like. The gelato is often ranked as the best in Florence. We often stop by when in the neighborhood. Did you know you can get take-out in a small tub? It would be dangerous to have that around the house.

GROM is a relatively new chain (founded in 2003 in Torino) that has good gelato as well. The chocolate-extra noir is very good and doesn’t have a drop of cream in it (if we understood and tasted correctly). It is located just south of the duomo’s campanile. It is usually packed as well. In the warmer months be sure to try a granita. We are hooked on the granita di mandorla (almond granita).

Gelato La Carraia is our favorite in the San Frediano area. It is located at the south end of the Ponte Carraia bridge (2 bridges west of Ponte Vecchio).

Here’s a map of all three shops.

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