5 places to enjoy ice cream in Milan
1) Gelato Giusto
Young Vittoria Bortolazzo graduated from Cordon Bleu after which she worked at Ladurée, Lenôtre and the École Valrhona. Here she creates ‘gourmet’ ice creams, i.e., special combinations, with no added flavours, colourings or preservatives. The fresh basil ice cream is a popular summer choice, panettone is perfect for winter.
2) Pavé Gelati & Granite
The team at Pavé has a growing fanbase, making the bakery at Via Casati 27 a must (and the NYTimes agrees). Recently they also won Three Cones from food mag Gambero Rosso for their ice creams. Try bread and butter 160 (as in 160 grams of apricots for 100 grams of jam), of course, named after their iconic brioche.
3) Gelateria Paganelli
Three Cones also for Francesco Paganelli’s ice cream as he continues to create innovative flavours. Intrepid foodies should try his olive oil ice cream, the basil cream or the classic salted pistachio. His Sicilian granitas are equally delicious.
4) Artico Gelateria Tradizionale
A must visit in Isola. During the last week of September, they organise a ‘chocolate show’, with 32 different types of chocolate ice cream, from the classics (milk chocolate or gianduia) to more sophisticated ones with tobacco, rum or Barolo. Maurizio Poloni has also founded the Artico ice-cream Academy, if you want to learn more about the art of ice-cream making.
5) Gusto 17
The tiny space overlooking Via Savona is easy to miss but it would be a shame if you did. This ‘agro-ice-cream parlour’ only uses Italian ingredients, fresh fruit, and organic milk and cream. Try the buffalo ricotta cream, the matcha tea tiramisu or the babà, and the ice-cream-filled Sicilian brioche.
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