Last Saturday evening, Cart and I dropped by a gelateria called Il Gelato di Claudio Torcè. There was an event hosted by the well known food blogger, Katie of Parlafood. Unfortunately I only knew about this last minute through. My bad.
Anyway, Il gelato is located in the charming area off Via del Corso, but it’s fairly attainable with a bit of a walk from the closest metro (Spagna). What’s interesting to me is how cars seem to love to pass through this particular road.
Unfortunately for them, it’s very cramped and it takes very skilled manoeuvring and thick skin-ess to cross to the other side.
Anyway, inside, there are so many different types of gelati. And if you’ve been living in Italy for a while, you can tell more or less tell by sight if it was handmade (artigianale) or not. Firstly, the gelati doesn’t look overly fluffy.
But it was quite mind boggling to decide at the first visit. There were so many kinds! In fact, it was divided into two segments. I mean just look at their chocolate ice cream segment. Even a chocolate lover like me was just stumped at what to get.
There is the chocolate. Then there is the dark chocolate. And then there is the extra dark chocolate. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, there is chocolate with cinnamon, chocolate with ginger and lemon, chocolate with chilli …
I was a little overwhelmed so we chose to have the set-apperativo in the end. I was looking around at the other plates and Cart and I were a little worried as we saw something looking like ham, so we asked for those to be omitted and asked for the prosecco to be changed to coca cola.
(In my personal opinion, we should have gotten more portions of gelato since we didn’t get the mortadello and cola is cheaper than wine, but that’s just me, moreover the proceeds go to charity )
And then we got this :
Huh? What is this?! Gelato with nachos and vegetable slices? That is so wierd! But there are stranger flavours of ice cream around the world like Horse Meat, Charcoal and Wasabi so I had to keep an open mind, moreoever it’s not ice cream-ice cream … it’s an apperativo-ice cream.
So let’s start!
This bright and cheerful orange gelato here is peperoni (not to be mistaken for cured sausages).
Have you ever had bell pepper ice cream before? No? Me neither. Tasting it, you can definitely detect the bell peppers inside, but it was refreshingly creamy. And while the experience wasn’t like eating a salad dressing, it surprisingly went well with the vegetable slices.
This is the pistacchio ice cream.
It looks so tainted with the orange peperoni bits … boo! Nevertheless, I quite like at how light it tastes like, and that it was slightly gritty with the little bits of pistacchio inside. Just beautiful!
And then this is Cart’s half eaten Gorgonzola ice cream.
Gorgonzola? Cheese ice cream?! Woah!
I have to admit that this definitely is an acquired taste and probably not for everyone. I’m not a big fan of ripe cheese but I gave it a try anyway. And indeed it was very strong. If you were blindfolded while eating this, you could totally tell from the smell that it was made of blue veined cheese. The taste is completely unique. And it was really wierd for me to taste it as a gelato. Cart, who adores cheese, liked this though.
I was observing some of the other guests who were there trying out this ice cream, and I was amused to see them had the same curious reaction as I did
Luckily for me, I was able to change mine to another flavour. Can you guess what it is? It’s Green! Is it mint? Is it another type of pistacchio?
HOLY TOOT! It’s green tea! When I saw it at the counter, I completely hyperventilated. I’m crazy about Matcha ice cream and it was love at first taste for me when I first tried it at a Japanese dessert shop. And this was the first time that I’ve EVER seen Matcha green tea gelato for sale. I’ve almost given up hope about it existing in Rome.
This made me so happy! And I was deliriously joyful, ignoring everyone while I digged in. Cart didn’t like it so much though and thought that it tasted like grass. Bah! Who cares about him. He can keep his Gorgonzola gelato
Little things like these just gives me hope to carry on with this life
Il Gelato di Claudio Torcè
Piazza Monte D’Oro 91/92
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