ITALIANO IN GELATERIA : No one wants to be unprepared in front of an inviting ice cream shop (GELATERIA) in Italy!
Gelato’s origins are partly strictly linked to Tuscany and we really have a great list of BEST PLACES where to eat the most amazing GELATO in the region.
But how to ask for it?
VORREI UN GELATO
VORREI UN GELATO is I would like an ice cream, please.
CHE GUSTI? ( What flavour?) In Italy you don’t ask for scoops , rather for GUSTI : UN GUSTO, DUE / TRE GUSTI…or you state how much you want to spend.: VORREI UN GELATO DA 2 EURO / DA 3 EURO….
QUANTI GUSTI? –How many flavors? CREME o FRUTTA? ( CREME being all the milk based types versus the fruit selection)
TRE GUSTI PER ME ( for myself) , DUE GUSTI PER LUI/LEI ( for him/her)
QUALI? ( Which one?)
Creme o Frutta?
Among CREME you’ll find IL GETTONATISSIMO CIOCCOLATO (colloquial way to say “ very popular, , from GETTONE – token, previously used for payment with automatic machines, it has become a way of saying to indicate something very much in demand), LA NOCCIOLA – Hazelnut , an evergreen NELLA CLASSIFICA DEI GELATI .
We then have IL Verde ( green) PISTACCHIO – Pistache ( pronounced as Pistakio, always remember the hard sound of CHI- ki) and be suspicious of bright green colours as good Pistacchio surely is not emerald green, IL bianco (white) FIOR DI LATTE (milky flavour, close to Vanilla ), LA STRACCIATELLA ( vanilla with chocolate chips) LA CREMA – Custard , different from LA PANNA – Whipped Cream, generally added on top as extra .
With the new generation of flavors you have to familiarize with many different CIOCCOLATO types: CIOCCOLATO ALL’ARANCIO ( orange flavoured chocolate) , ALLA CANNELLA ( with cinnamon) & AL PEPERONCINO ( with chilly-pepper) as well as the gentle MANDORLA – Almond or the acidulo YOGURT (sour yogurt)
For the FRUTTA Section you may have LA classica FRAGOLA –Strawberry, I FRUTTI DI BOSCO – Mixed Berries, l’intramontabile LIMONE (evergreen Lemon), i moderni PESCA , ALBICOCCA , MELONE – Peach, Apricot, Melon.
Cono o Coppetta?
COSA PREFERITE ? – What do you prefer? CONO o COPPETTA?
Do you know that the cone, made of a crispy wafer, is also an italian idea? read mora about it here .
Potete anche scegliere tra Gelato o GRANITA -You can also Choose beteween Ice Cream or “Italian ice”. La più famosa è la granita di Sicilia. I gusti più popolari sono GRANITA All’ARANCIA, AL LIMONE, ALLA FRAGOLA, ALLA MANDORLA e AL CAFFE’
Whatever you choose enjoy it! GELATO ARTIGIANALE e Gelato INDUSTRIALE are worlds apart and if you have tried my Gelato Tour with Gelato Tasting you know what I mean! 😉