The Scoop on Alesci’s Gelato

It may be frozen, sugary, and creamy, but real Italian Gelato is so much more than just “Italian-Style Ice Cream.”

Right in time for summer, we’re so happy to finally serve authentic Italian Gelato right here at Alesci’s! Read on to learn more about this classic Italian treat.

 

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Gelato, which means frozen in Italian, was invented by Renaissance stage artist, Bernado Buontalenti, around 1600 in Florence, Italy. As a matter of fact, this actually predates the invention of ice cream (that didn’t happen until 1686!) So just like with shoes, handbags, and food, this is just something else that Italians invented first, and better.

 

Traditional Cart at the Gelato Museum Carpigiani.

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So what makes gelato different from American ice-cream? Basically, it has a lower fat content, less air and is served at a slightly higher temperature. This results in gelato having a denser, smoother texture and more concentrated flavor!

Chocolate gelato , an Italian specialty created in the pastry kitchen at Jim Alesci's Place Thursday, May 28, 2015. (Photograph by Peggy Turbett Photography)

We challenged ourselves to offer only the highest quality, most authentic gelato in our store. What else could we do but ship the ingredients straight from Italy! We even went through training to ensure that the gelato we produce is perfect for our customers.

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Flavors We’re Featuring

Here’s a sampling of flavors we have in rotation this season:

  • Cherry Mania
  • Cookies Black (cookies and cream)
  • Mister Nico (like Snickers!)
  • Pistachio
  • Salted Butter Caramel
  • Cheesecake
  • Vanilla
  • Coffee
  • Gianduia (chocolate hazelnut!)
  • Stracciatella (sweet cream)

If you’re feeling adventurous or want a “pick me up,” try our Affogato. This is our vanilla gelato drowned in our high-quality espresso, an Italian classic!

If you’re in the mood for something light and fresh, we’re also introducing Italian sorbet! Just like gelato and ice cream, Italian sorbet differs from American sherbert. What makes sorbet special is that it contains no dairy content, similar to Italian Ice.

Raspberry sorbet, a house made confection created in the kitchen at Jim Alesci's Place Thursday, May 28, 2015. (Photograph by Peggy Turbett Photography)

Flavors We’re Featuring

Here’s a sampling of flavors we have in rotation this season:

  • Strawberry
  • Lemon
  • Mango
  • Wild Berry
  • Chocolate

 

We hope you’ll come in soon to try this sweet and refreshing treat!