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Mar 4th, 2005, 08:03 PM
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Is it proper to ask for sample tastes of gelato?

Is it proper to ask for sample tastes of gelato in Italy as you would at an ice cream shop here?
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Mar 4th, 2005, 08:14 PM
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Absolutely. They offer tiny plastic shovels (spoons) for this purpose.
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Mar 4th, 2005, 09:01 PM
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LOL! It'd probably be bad form to ask to taste ALL the flavors
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Mar 4th, 2005, 09:08 PM
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Yes, as you'll see they have miniature spoons for tasting, but don't overdo it. They assume you'll only want to sample a "few" without paying - and that makes sense, no?
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Mar 4th, 2005, 09:36 PM
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If anyone with a name like NYCFoodSnob says it's okay, I'd say go for it!!

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Mar 4th, 2005, 10:13 PM
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Thanks for your help. nbbrown: I was thinking the exact same thing!!
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Mar 5th, 2005, 12:11 AM
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Be sure and taste the Rizzo gelato at the gelateria just to the left of the cathedral in Orvieto.

Tastes just like your grandma's rice pudding except it's gelato!

Their chocolate gelato was really good, too
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Mar 5th, 2005, 08:30 AM
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Our (self-imposed) rule of thumb while there was a maximum of two tastes and then buy a flavor--altho it did not have to be one of the tasted ones....After a few days, you develop your "favorites" and then need fewer tastes!! However, at least one daily gelato purchase will become a necessity during your whole time in Italy.
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Mar 5th, 2005, 10:05 AM
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Definitely ask for a sample. We also followed the "two taste" rule of thumb. It is just like Baskin Robbins. And yes, while there, gelato must be included in your daily ritual. It is a must when in Italy.
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Mar 5th, 2005, 10:19 AM
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Just point and shoot. They are all great.
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Mar 5th, 2005, 10:21 AM
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If you see the flavor "nada", that one is pure cream without falvorings, and it is not to be missed.
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Mar 5th, 2005, 10:59 AM
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galvin has it right. why sample. have gelato early in the day and go back again and try more flavors in the evening...there's always room for gelato.

maybe someone can point out some guide lines for you to know what good gelato looks like...i think less color means less junk in it...could be wrong.
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Mar 5th, 2005, 11:09 AM
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Can you really tell anything about gelato by the way it looks? I never noticed that.

The place in Orvieto mentioned above has, IMO, some of the best gelato I've ever had. Another favorite is in San Gim, small piazza (with the well), NOT the place on the corner, but the one in the middle of the block. You can tell because it's the one with the line out the door. I am also a big fan of Vivoli in Florence, which I never got to until my last trip. I'm now a convert.

The search for the best gelato is like the search for the Holy Grail. Who cares if you ever find it? The fun is in the journey!
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Mar 5th, 2005, 11:18 AM
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here's a thread from slowtrav about gelato quality:

http://slowtalk.com/eve/ubb.x/a/tpc/...1010841311/p/3
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Mar 5th, 2005, 11:27 AM
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Thanks ucsun. Very interesting. It also reminded me that Alice Twain used to post on here all the time, but hasn't for a very long time. Too bad.
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Mar 5th, 2005, 03:41 PM
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There is an art to gelato. Gelato is best in multi-flavor servings. The challenge is to find the perfect combination of complimentary flavors.

Chocolate and Coconut was unbelievable for me, just like a mounds bar. Chocolate and Banana also rocks. Some flavors mix well together, others do not. Lemon is intense, but not to be mixed with chocolate IMO.
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Mar 5th, 2005, 04:18 PM
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i have to say that i had a grapefruit flavor in paris, which was incredible. i didn't even pay attention to it in roma though...darn next time i guess.
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Mar 5th, 2005, 04:27 PM
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Yes! The mixing of flavours can take one to new heights. I like the hazelnut with chocolate
any fruit flavour with coconut
chocolate with banana
caramel with chocolate
lemon and coconut
chocolate chip with coffee

If you ask for two samples try them both at once to get a good combination. I wouldn't ask for more than two at a time either.

Best gelato in Trastevere anyone?
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Mar 5th, 2005, 08:27 PM
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Yes Sea Urchin--we loved the combo of hazelnut and chocolate but *also* pistacchio (sp?) and chocolate!!
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Mar 6th, 2005, 12:50 PM
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Sorry. Had to come back and add my two cents on flavors.

Believe it or not, the best flavor I had was melon. It was to die for! And yes, we mixed flavors as well. I had forgotten all about that until I saw the previous posts.
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