A gelati tour of Florence and Rome
|Vivoli - my favourite|
|Gelateria dei Neri - runner up|
Our first gelato came within minutes of plonking our gear down in the apartment. Gelateria dei Neri champions the semifreddo style but also stocks enough granita to satisfy your icy fix if that floats your boat. The small interior had dozens of flavours, making the choice all that more challenging for a first stop. The pear and melon gelati that I went with had good ripe fruity flavours and were delicious. Definitely a place to visit if you're finishing off a tour of the Uffizi which is only a five minute walk away.
|Gelato Carabe - just OK|
After Vivoli, Carabe left little impression on me to be honest. Maybe it was the afterglow of the veal chop and cheap house wine from Mario that dulled my tastebuds. Lemon and pistachio were fine but didn't zing for me.
|Giolitti - triple decker|
We also tried the gelato at Il Gelato di San Crispino. It's quite a cool set up as you walk in with all the creamy treasures hidden under stainless steel topped vats, although you have to use your imagination when it comes to flavours. I also remember sampling the treats there on my last Rome trip and being impressed, but preferring Giolitti. I still preferred Giolitti to San Crispino where the portions were a little stingy and the flavours were just ok. Maybe they are resting on their Roman laurels, or just more focused on selling t-shirts to the German tour groups fresh from the Trevi fountain photo op. I like the more old school set up at Giolitti with its patisserie selection and cafe. Despite the frenzy there, it's the better choice if you're on the tourist trail.
Back in London, I'm not longing for the gelato of Italy that much. Gelupo in Soho, with its ever-changing flavour combinations, fills that void just fine. So if you're not in Florence anytime soon, just head down to Picadilly Circus. If you're lucky, the ricotta and sour cherry will be on.