...do as the Fiorentini do: eat gelato!Before I came to Firenze I discovered the annual gelato festival would be going on during my first few days in Italia. While I knew these days would most likely be very busy and that I may not be able to go, I secretly had my fingers crossed in hopes that I would somehow make it there. So when my host mom, Luigina, casually asked if I would like to go the gelato festival, I couldn't help but blurt of an affirmative "Si!"
two tickets one ticket to paradise! 1 card= 5 gusti (flavors) of gelato. ohh yeahhhh.
The Firenze Gelato Festival features a slew of gelaterias from Firenze as well as other parts of Italia. I didn't really have a strategy for selecting the five gelaterias of my choice- I just walked up to the tents with the longest lines and made my way through the seas of aggressive and ravenous Italians.
Gelateria: Grom. Gusto: Pastiera napoletana
Creamy vanilla base. Chunks of what seemed to be biscotti and candied citrus. It is no secret that I am a Grom fanatic and thus I could not pass up paying the Grom booth a visit and trying a new flava-flav.
Gelateria: Il Procopio. Gusto: Follia.
While I don't know exactly what this is, it had toasted almonds and swirls of caramels throughout. This flavor definitely made my heart stop a beat. So creamy with a texture more similar to ice cream. And I liked it. I liked it alot.
Gelateria: Triangolo delle Bermuda. Gusto: Sorbetto che non c'è.
( and in case you were wondering, my nail color is "Italian Love Affair")
I don't really know what the flavor name means but this slightly icy like a sorbetto but still lusciously creamy like gelato. The flavor reminded me of a combination of fresh strawberry and strawberry-flavored Pez (?) I love berry-flavored anything and if it weren't for the next flavor, I would have crowned this one my favorite.
Gelateria: Malotti. Gusto: Crostata al sottobosco.
Mi piace. Mi piace molto. Super rich vanilla base with swirls of berry (raspberry/blueberry/blackberry) and chunks of vanilla wafer crust. Nom nom nom. For those not familiar, a crostata is a free-form version of a pie. So this could be compared to blueberry pie or something like dat but in gelato form (!!!)
Gelateria: Andrea. Gusto: Yogurt Nutella.
Probably my ideal flavor of gelato: yogurt is one of my all-time favorite flavors of gelato and nutella is my second favorite condiment (peanut butter will always have a big ol' piece of my heart). I loved the chunks of hardened nutella. Note to self: try to re-create this at home. If I ever return.
While this was very good, I would not say that it was my favorite of the day. However, it was up against some stiff competition.
I enjoyed and savored every bite that passed my lips and I would gladly order any of these five flavors again. But if I were forced to pick a favorite, it would be the Crostata al sottobosco.
Luigina wanted to make a cameo. She got pignola (pine nut). It was delicious.
(And no, sorry, I don't know the name of her nail color. Although to be honest I am very jealous that she can rock the blue at sixty/seventy-something.
When my tongue had extracted every last bit of gelato from the final plastic cup, I shed a tear, and proceeded to walk home with Luigina and a belly full of gelato and joy.
And on our way we stopped by the Ponte Vecchio. The perfect end to the perfect day.