5 excellent ice-cream parlours in Venice
1) Da Nico
People have been flocking here for Nico’s legendary gianduiotto for many years, and it has truly become a Venetian institution as a result! Do try this amazing creation, which is made from a piece of gianduia (a mix of chocolate and hazelnuts) served in a small cup and covered with lashings of whipped cream. Exquisite is an understatement.
2) Gelato di Natura
This ice-cream shop has several franchises in the city. While it doesn’t have many flavours and some are on rotation, the quality of the ingredients is excellent, and the ice cream simply delicious. Do try their walnut and fig if it’s available.
3) Gelateria Paolin
You’ll find the Paolin ice-cream parlour in Campo Santo Stefano, one of the most beautiful squares in Venice. This large venue has many outdoor tables. The perfect setting – especially on a hot summer’s day – for a break and a cup that overflows with fruit and ice cream.
4) Fontego delle Dolcezze - San Stae
A small place to get ice cream to go, which also serves desserts and frozen yoghurt. What makes their artisan ice cream so good is the quality of the raw ingredients. They have a wide range of flavours but their seasonal fruit options are highly recommended.
5) Gelateria Alaska
The artisan gelato shop par excellence. This hole in the wall produces only a few flavours, depending on which ingredients are available and in season. The ice cream is less sweet than others, as the ice-cream maker prefers to focus on the depth of flavour. Truly outstanding.
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