If I could sum myself up into one word based on the things I love to do, it would be the word ‘foodie’ hands down. I. love. food. On top of being a foodie, I would say that I am extremely skilled in organization and researching. Mix all of those together and you get a foodie that researches and tracks down THE best places to eat – especially when traveling because you only have a limited amount of time in that area, so you want to eat the best food you possibly can.
So, when we went to Italy, you can bet that I researched for months in order to find the best places to go (and let me tell you – my research did not fail me; we ate some great food). I researched places for coffee, places for lunch, places for dinner, and places for gelato.
Gelato is tricky because people that do not do research go over and think that they can find great gelato anywhere just because they are in Italy. Please do not be this person! Of course, you can stumble across amazing places without doing research (we found the best cappuccino when we did this) so research is not exactly necessary, but at least know a few facts about how to find the best gelato and what to avoid. If you read this, you will be able to tell if a gelato spot is good or bad through the window. Before, I tell you my secrets, let me tell you a story from our trip:
As I was researching food places, I did not think that researching ‘how to tell if gelato is good’ was necessary – I thought that all gelato would be great. But, somehow I came across an article and I was very glad that I read it before our trip. Once we met Ian’s parents in Rome, we were just casually walking around one day and we all wanted gelato, so we stopped at the first place we saw. Since I knew all of the secrets, I knew that it wouldn’t be good gelato. I let them know, but we tried it anyway and they thought it was good at first, but that quickly changed. Long story short, I stopped at another gelato place a few streets down and I let them compare my pistachio at the first place to my pistachio at the second place. That is when they learned the beauty of good gelato vs. bad and I spilled my secrets to them. After that day, they became gelato pros and searched for the best places and turned their noses up to the bad places and that is because when you try the good, you cannot go back to the bad. There really is a huge difference.
Anyway, save yourself from eating the ‘bad’ gelato and read this below.
HOW I FIND THE BEST GELATO
- Judge the pistachio
- Look at the containers
- Consider the season
- Overall Verdict