No ice cream lover’s visit to Italy is complete without sampling the local gelato and opinions abound on where to find the best. There’s a wonderful shop in the hill town of San Gimignano that has won awards for its artisanal gelato, Gelateria Dondoli, and our stop here was a highlight of my afternoon in Tuscany.
|Gelateria Dondoli, San Gimignano|
Sergio Dondoli explained the process for making his gelato – never more than 24 hours old – and then I ordered three of his unique creations. It was a difficult decision. I love chocolate. And lemon. But this was an opportunity to try something really special so I chose two varieties made with fresh local ingredients: Venere Nera (blackberries and lavender) and Crema di Santa Fina (saffron with pine nuts). My third choice was Champelmo (pink grapefruit and sparkling wine). And each flavour was sublime.
|Champelmo, Venere Nera and Crema di Santa Fina|
It’s no wonder celebrities like Andrea Bocelli, Tony Blair and Franco Zeffirelli have made the trek to this little gelateria in San Gimignano. Dondoli even developed a new recipe for Michelle Obama in anticipation of a visit from the American President. (Michelle is flavoured with saffron, honey, orange and almond.) As we continued our tour through Italy I ate gelato on many more occasions but I must agree that Sergio Dondoli’s gelato really is the best.
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