Gelato in Italy!

Have you ever had gelato made in Italy? It is the best! Recently, I went to Italy for two weeks, and almost every day, we ate gelato! Italy is known for its good food, but especially gelato. No other country makes gelato as good as Italy. In Italy, the gelato flavors are really wild and wacky. Also, the gelato shops always give you two flavors, and if you want, yummy surgarfree whipped cream on top! In Italy, it is a tradition to always have two flavors and whipped cream when you get gelato. The flavors at a normal Baskin Robbins in the USA are just vanilla, chocolate, chocolate chip, mint chip, strawberry, rocky road, and ect. BORING! Every month or so, Baskin Robbins will come out with an interesting flavor, but in Italy, the gelato stores are always coming out with new flavors!!! Finally, the reason gelato is different that ice cream is because the gelato makers use cream instead of milk to make it, so the gelato is always really soft.

In a food tour, I learned how to tell if a flavor is real or fake. Real gelato is when the gelato makers use all organic ingredients to make the flavor. Fake gelato is when the gelato makers use artificial gelato packets to make the flavor. There are a lot of ways to identify fake gelato. First, there are two flavors that you should watch, pistachio and banana. The color of both flavors should look like their natural color. Banana should not be a bright yellow, it should be a white. Pistachio should not be a bright green (it is at Baskin Robbins), it should be a dark green with a little bit of brown too. Secondly, when you use artificial gelato packets, the gelato puffs up and usually goes over the gelato bin. So if you see gelato that goes over the bin, then it is usually fake. Finally, when you see gelato with tons of decorations on top like whipped cream, fruits, candy, and sauces, it is probably fake because the gelato makers put the decorations on top to make it look good. Whenever you come to a gelato store, use my tips to identify the fake gelato and the real gelato. And, watch out because 85% of the time, the gelato flavor will be fake! Here are some gelato flavors my sister and I had in Italy:

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  1. Eric says:

    I think it might be fake because the banana looks yellow in the picture, but it might be real gelato because the bins are not overflowing? I’m confused?

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  2. LC says:

    Makes me want to go back, esp. on a hot day like today! I think we went to 2-3 fake gelaterias before we found the real deal here, right? The yellow gelato in the front was lemon, so not good for the banana taste test! One of my favorites was hazelnut.

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  3. sofiechen10 says:

    You are right! I love the flavers in Italy!the gelato place from the food tour was the best! they come up with really good flavers like stracciatella! wish it was like it in America ,we should do a taste test contest to see if we can tell the difference of ice cream or gelato it is nice for a hot day! love your writing! we should have a gelato party!

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    1. n8chen says:

      We really should!!!

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  4. Ollie says:

    I think both are fake because my guess is that fake gelato is cheaper than real gelato and knowing your parents, they bought you the fake…

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  5. Chris says:

    Hi Nate – never been to Italy but I do love Gelato! We found a lot of gelaterias when we were visitng Vancouver. How does it compare with Shave Ice in Hawaii? … And another one I like to ask my girls to compare with is ice cream in Denmark. If you ever head up to Drnmark, you will have to let is know. They do both ‘soft ice’ which is like soft serve and scooped ice cream and you dvan order with cream and jam on top, almost like a sundae in a cone.

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  6. CC says:

    Great tips! What are the good new flavors that these gelato stores come out with?

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    1. n8chen says:

      One crazy flavor was cherry wine, I am not kidding

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  7. I say fake! They both failed the color test and the puffy test.
    Is there a taste difference and a price difference when it comes to real and fake?

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    1. n8chen says:

      The gelato shops do not change the price because they do not want you to know that it is bad or good.

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      1. n8chen says:

        Also, do not tell anyone, but it is actually real!!!

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  8. Uncle John says:

    Nate I could not agree more with you on Italian gelato. When I traveled to Florence I could not stop having gelato there. Food is such an awesome part of the Italian culture. I totally want to take the family there to experience that area.

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  9. Cathy says:

    Hi Nate! I think I have really missed out. I don’t think I’ve ever had real Italian gelato. Actually, I probably haven’t even had fake Italian gelato! Are there any good gelato shops near here?

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