My search for the world's best ice cream took me to Italy, then to Florence, then to a gelateria called La Carraia, in the neighborhood of Santa Trinita across the river.
There, I found a blissful, creamy mix of pistachio and chocolate, the same recipes made with skill and love for centuries. The gelato here is the antithesis to mass produced, franchised, fast foods. Good to know that the old ways are always the best.
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Hands Down, the Best Gelato in the World
I have tried a lot of gelato—nothing compares with La Carraia.
I met an older gentleman on the Ponte Vecchio who gives tours of his beloved hometown of Firenze. Naturally, one of my most pressing questions was, "Where is the best gelato in all of Florence?" Being that Florence is the birthplace of gelato in Italy, I was really asking him where I could find the best gelato in the world.
He didn't have to think about it. He just said, "Follow me"—and I did, without hesitation. We walked a bit down the Arno river and crossed Ponte Alla Carraia. On the other side was Gelateria La Carraia, and you could tell just by looking at the mounds of scrumptious creamy magic that this was the real thing.
I had never tasted better. It was rich but not too heavy, creamy but still light and fluffy, and the flavors were exquisite. You must go here. In fact, I'd venture to say that a visit here is worth a trip to Italy.