The first time I tried gelato at Giolitti, in 1988, I knew I found heaven. But that was also the first time I ever tried gelato at all, thus I'm no one to listen to. Same with the fifteenth time, still heaven. I've talked about the place before at a2k, here: link from 2004, http://able2know.org/topic/19483-2#post-589668
Typos mine, of course. I type very speedily when I copy something, and mess up big time.
That's an olden purveyor in Rome's center, and a dear favorite to me.
However, other places have become popular, places I haven't tried and no doubt I never will. But that doesn't stop my interest. I hope to be back with some gelateria photos.
Meantime, Walter Hinteler visited here in New Mexico and some of us went to La Michoacana for paletas, and now I'm similarly enamored and the paleteria is only a few miles from me. Walter mentioned that gelati in italy are now all industrialized, in contrast to those particular paletas.
Is this true? (I haven't been to italy in 10 years.)
A recent article by the writer Susan Spano (here, http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-romesecrets-20101031,0,5775101.story
mentioned a place I'd not heard of..
Gelateria del Teatro
, 70 Via di San Simone, tucked in an alley halfway between Piazza Navona and Ponte Sant'Angelo, has overtaken old favorites Ciampini and Giolitti in the Roman gelato sweepstakes. Opened a few years ago by an Italian-Peruvian couple, the place uses only fresh, natural ingredients and specializes in out-of-the-ordinary flavors such as sesame, caramel with pear and 80% cacao cioccolato puro. Plus, there are windows between the shop and kitchen so people can see how Del Teatro makes its manna from heaven.
Interesting, she also mentions heaven.
I've read about San Crispino, probably in the Frugal Traveler blog, and here:
Anyone here make their own gelato? Anyone make their own paletas?