Ice Cream – Gelato

Italy is famous for many things, cars, fashion, soccer, pasta, pizza, coffee ..etc. Ice cream / gelato is definitely one of my favorites especially in summer time.

Although gelato is translated to ice cream but it is different from ice cream. First, it has a lower butterfat content. Typically its 4% to 8% compare to 18% to 26% (Haagen Dazs) in ice cream. Moreover, gelato’s fat content is due predominantly by the use of fresh milk cream, while fat found in ice cream is often originated by the use of industrial butter so it is surely healthier. But less fat does not mean less taste. As gelato is less frozen than ice cream, and melts in the mouth faster, one can taste the flavor immediately.

Second, gelato has a higher density (much lower air content) than ice cream due to the difference in making process which result in richer, creamier taste.

Third, gelato is served at a ‘warmer’ temperature than ice cream which means the taste is more enhanced once it enters the mouth.

There are thousands of gelateria in Milan, big ones, small ones but there is one particularly stands out from the rest, a small gelateria named “Il Massimo del gelato”.

It is tugged in a small street in Via Lodovico Castelvetro, 18 (zona Sempione), half way down Corso Sempione (near ‘Ospedale Buzzi’) . Usually there is a long queue right outside the gelateria. You need to queue up to buy the ticket from the cashier. Then you will be given a receipt (scontrino) and a number ticket which you will have to keep. At the back of the gelato counter, you will find a red number displayer on the wall. You have to wait till your number is displayed and called. Giving the receipt and the number ticket to the girls behind the counter and they will then hand you the gelato.

a typical summer night before it closes at 12pm

It is the same price for cup (coppetta) and cone (cono). For 2 types of gelato/ 2 scoops (2 gusti) cost 2.50 euro and 3 types of gelato/ 3 scoops (3 gusti) cost 2.90 euro for 145gm and 3.60 euro for 180gm. I think the price is quite reasonable.

They have 9 different types of chocolates : chocolate w/ rum (Jamaica), dark chocolate w/ gold (Vero Oro), chocolate w/ cinnamon and chili pepper (Cioccolato all’Azteca), milk chocolate w/ nuts (Wiener Küsschen), classic chocolate ( Esmeralda), chocolate w/ gran marnier, orange and fruit candied peels (Fiji), chocolate w/coffee, sour cherries and liqueur (Cavour), chocolate w/ hazelnut (Gianduia)…etc plus other flavors like pistachio (Pistacchio), almond (Mandola), walnut (Noci), coconut (Coco), mango, pear (Pere), strawberry (Fragole), raspberry (Lampone), lemon (Limone), ginger (Zenzero), coffee (Caffe) and a few others.

Personally I like Gianduia, Mango, Coco and Pistacchio. Words are hard to explain the creaminess and the intense favor when the gelato melts in your mouth! Just by writing and looking at the photos make my mouth waters!

All of my italian friends who have tried “Il Massimo” do agree that it is indeed the best in Milan. If you have the chance to try “Il Massimo”, let me know what you think. 😉

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