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!
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! 🙂