Florence Favourites Part 2: Gelato
Part 2 of my Florence foodie finds is dedicated to gelato.
If you’d told me a few years ago that I’d be sitting in one of Florence’s main squares with one of my best friends in 38 °C heat eating an Italian gelato, I’d probably have raised my eye brows at you and laughed. But life is for living and the past few years have taught me that you’ve got to live each day to the fullest. Yes, we had no idea exactly what was in the gelato, but nor did we care. No trip to Italy is complete without it.
Luckily L packed some “Wet Ones Sticky Fingers” in her handbag, as although there were no little ones with us on the trip, we certainty needed them on occasions to wipe up after our mess!
Finally, if, like me, you’re curious about the different between gelato and ice cream, then I’m here to help. Gelato is the Italian word for ice cream, but unlike our ice cream, Italians make theirs slightly differently. It has a higher proportion of milk and a lower proportion of cream and eggs (or no eggs at all if it’s a vegan version). It’s churned at a slower rate, so less air is incorporated, resulting in a denser texture. It’s also served slightly warmer, which means it appears silkier. This explains the gorgeous swirl you get when served an Italian gelato!
Here’s a great article that I found that explains the differences…
Now onto my Florence Favourites…
Part 2: Gelato
3) Edoardo Gelato
4) Le Botteghe di Leonardo
3) Edoardo Gelato
Dairy free options.
Edoardo is one of the few (if not the only) organic gelaterias in Florence. Located in the Piazza Del Duomo in the city centre (next to the Duomo – The Cattedrale di Santa Maria), this is one gelato spot you mustn’t miss. We visited twice in our four day stay, it was that good.
They sell an exceptional variety of flavours, which change daily. These are shown on a small sign outside the shop. For those looking for dairy free options, Edoardo Gelato is a great place to visit – they always have a number of vegan gelato options, such as dark chocolate, cherry or almond, as well as sorbets too!
They also hand make all their gelato cones right in front of you. These smell absolutely incredible and can be made into either the traditional cone shape, or their own unique ‘copette’. I had a bite of my friend’s ‘copette’ and can confirm it tasted as good as they smelt!
5) Le Botteghe di Leonardo
Gluten free, dairy free, sugar free options.
The second gelato spot on my list is one that we stumbled upon after lunch one afternoon. I must admit I was drawn to Le Botteghe di Leonardo by the sign suggesting their gelato was 100% natural (queue inner #healthnut). On entering the shop I discovered they had a huge variety of flavours, including 3 flavours sweetened with stevia, instead of sugar.
After much debate, I went for two of the stevia sweetened options as I was intrigued to see how these compared to other gelatos I’d had. I went for one scoop of stracciatella (a milk based ice cream with shavings of chocolate) and one scoop of chocolate hazelnut. As you’ve probably gathered, I’m quite the chocolate fan. Both were delicious. Sugar free to not, I’d decided to recommend a visit.
*Apparently they also do gluten free cones, although we didn’t try these, so this place is a winner for all sorts of dietary requirements!
Stay tuned for Part 3 where I share my favourite traditional Italian food spots – Florence certaintly had some gems!
Until next time,