Pizza and pasta aside, Italy is known for it’s gelato. Strolling through Florence I was shocked at how expensive the gelato was. There was no way I’d be happy paying €5 for a tiny scoop of gelato and an average cone so we ventured off out of the town centre to find somewhere a bit more local.
I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I am a big user of Trip Advisor and have found some great places thanks to the website. Gourmet Gelato is the number one restaurant on Trip Advisor in Florence and just so happened to be two minutes from our flat, it was meant to be. I was expecting this place to be brimming with tourists but we turned up to an empty shop. All of the gelato names were in Italian so after a bit of guesswork I decided on a scoop of watermelon and a scoop of cheesecake. The gelato lady was not happy about this and attempted to tell me in Italian with a few hand gestures that this wasn’t the best combo.
Feeling a bit bewildered by the choices she let me try five or so which only left me more undecided. In the end I stuck with cheesecake and added some kind of almond one. I wouldn’t say I was a huge fan of gelato until I came here. The cheesecake one was out of this World, with the hints of cheese coming through at the end. I’m no almond lover either but may have just been converted.
I can’t recommend this place more, the lady was so helpful in letting us try the gelato and you can really tell a place is authentic when there isn’t piles of fluorescent gelato and the staff only speak Italian. Gelato will never be the same again.