Gelato Alla Piastra
Yes, it is that time of the year again.
The City has been surprisingly warm these past days and hence the perfect moment to go for one of the best treats Bologna has to offer : Gelatos. If you have been following me over the past months you know I am a big fan of Italian ice-cream (I told you about some excellent Gelato here). Big fan of the culture there is to it, the artisanal ways in which it is produced and the flavors and combinations. And I therefore hope to explore some more of it this year, and hopefully share it with you.
Today I will be telling you about a great place to have ice- cream, yet again, not any kind of Italian Gelato, today let me tell you all about gelato alla piastra
Bologna’s city center is best discovered by foot. Once tired of walking sit back and enjoy some ice cream under one of the city’s famous Porticos. The “Gelateria Chocolate” is a great spot and famous around the city for it’s unique “Gelato alla Piastra” (literally Ice Cream on a hot plate).
This unique Gelateria is located on via Guerrazzi, just at the corner of Via Santo Stefano. The recipe is simple and sophisticated at the same time … you choose your favourite flavors, a couple of toppings (you can have either meringues, cookies, nuts or chocolate chips… or many others) and then your mix is thrown on to a frozen plate and is fused by a strong arm , you can watch the entire process and add more things as you go along (don’t get to greedy though!).
The mix is then put on a large wafer and finished off by adding some whipped cream and chocolate.
This is the moment when you take your friend and walk about 50 meters to Piazza St Stefano. If you are lucky you might listen to some of music students playing for you. Sit back and enjoy your delicious and overly creamy ice-cream. As with any Italian ice-cream shop there are a million other gelato treats you could have.
Dolce fare niente
It is really too good to be true and definitely the naughtiest way to welcome the spring.