Culinary Journey: gelato in Pisa


Gelato at De’ Coltelli

What: Gelato (ice-cream)

Where: Gelateria De’ Coltelli, Lungarno Pacinotti 23, Pisa, Italy

Notes: Most visitors stop in Pisa for a brief visit to its world-famous Leaning Tower and the adjacent Duomo. That’s a pity because Pisa is a fascinating city with many historical and culinary gems. The highlight of my recent trip to Pisa was undoubtedly my visit to the Gelateria De’ Coltelli. This ice-cream parlour serves the best gelato I’ve ever tasted!

Widely recognised as the inventor of modern ice-cream in the 17th century, the De’ Coltelli family still uses traditional techniques and organic ingredients in hand-crafting ice-creams.

Aside from the vanilla, which is imported from Tahiti, the other ingredients are sourced from the surrounding region. Flavours are created according to what’s available in a certain season. No artificial aromas, colouring and chemical stabilisers are used; everything is 100% natural! The result is simply phenomenal! I tried the pistachio, vanilla, kiwi and chocolate gelato. The fine texture of the ice-cream combined with the intense flavours simply blew me away. I left the gelateria with a huge smile on my face and a promise to myself that I will return some day!


Gelateria De’ Coltelli

If you’re visiting Pisa, don’t leave before experiencing the divine delights of Gelateria De’ Coltelli! Oh, and while you’re there, buy a bagful of the Bargilli wafers – thin, crispy and oh-so delicious! 🙂

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19 Responses to “Culinary Journey: gelato in Pisa”

  1. lab freezers 31/05/2011 6:00 am

    The temperature settings is important, to make the texture perfect.

  2. velvet 23/03/2011 12:03 am

    You’ll love it! 🙂

  3. Abhijit 22/03/2011 11:56 pm

    I am going to Italy in a month.. Time for some authentic gelato! 😀

  4. velvet 22/03/2011 9:53 pm

    Haha, we simply smiled! 😉 The Pisa Tourism Board and the local press got to know about our blog trip when we were there. Several calls were made and we were in the paper the next day. Here’s a link to a picture of the article:

  5. Gloria 22/03/2011 9:44 pm

    What did you do to end up in the newspaper!? Kidding! I didn’t because I was in Civitella and La Nazione there is different (it has news of the Grosseto area). Do you have a copy?

  6. Debbie Beardsley 22/03/2011 3:57 pm

    Yum gelato! I think when in Italy you must try Gelato in every town you visit! I’ve added this one to my list 🙂

  7. Serena 22/03/2011 11:18 am

    i’m addicted to icecream (i’m quite fat, ok :)), so your post makes me dream about go to Pisa for the week end 😛
    have a nice day Keith!

  8. velvet 22/03/2011 9:40 am

    Hi Vera,
    Hahaha, I know what you mean about going out on a limb. However, it seriously was the BEST GELATO I’VE EVER HAD. And I’ve had plenty. 🙂 Now I’ll sit and wait till other gelateria’s contact me with an invite to show that they’re better. LOL! 😉


  9. Vera Marie Badertscher 22/03/2011 5:54 am

    When we went to Italy, we had gelato at LEAST two times a day! I would say you are going out on a limb to say THE BEST ice cream, though. I’ve heard about a great one in Naples, and the one we found in Venice was amazing—and then there was Florence—-I guess it is necessary to go back to Italy for another gelato tasting!

  10. velvet 21/03/2011 9:10 pm

    Wow, you HAVE to go there Gloria! ps/did you read about us in La Nazione last Thursday? 🙂


  11. Gloria 21/03/2011 9:07 pm

    You taught me of a new place, and I am a local! Hugs,

  12. velvet 21/03/2011 8:02 pm

    Thank you Kinzica! I’ll be back! 🙂

  13. De' Coltelli 21/03/2011 6:46 pm

    Thanks, we’re really happy to make people happy and smiling! We hope to see you soon again. Greeting from a sunny Pisa (at least today!)

  14. velvet 21/03/2011 3:39 pm

    Hehe, thanks for the info Ciki! 🙂

  15. Ciki 21/03/2011 3:16 pm

    did u know that gelato has less fat to intrude on the taste, and is also kept smoother and silkier at a slightly higher temp than normal ice-cream.. Oh for the love of gelato! Best!


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