Italy Weekend - The Flavors of Florence
Since my first day in Italy, I have refused to eat gelato in any place other than Florence, simply because if that's where the best is, that's where I want to try it. My friend D* and I asked Chef to recommend a place for us to try our first bites of gelato, and we set off to search for it. After about an hour of searching down the wrong streets and checking the map, D and I got tired of looking like blatant tourists and decided to stop at the next gelato place we found, which happened to be the one pictured above. Not very imposing, and the outside simply says "ice cream", so we decided to give it a shot. Once inside, the little bar offered about eight different options, and I decided to go for a combination of mixed berry gelato and lemon. Now, I know what you're thinking: do they have cream in them? Can they technically be considered gelato? I couldn't tell based on what I had, but the texture seemed to be creamy and rich, even if it didn't have any milk in it (which is probably better for me anyway since I'm lactose intolerant).