Whist meandering through the side streets of Florence on holiday from the UK this month, we stumbled upon a small inconspicuous Gelateria in Via Dè Ginori that had small round containers with lids on behind the counter, as opposed to the large heaped rectangular ones on display around the city. This was not a restaurant, but an ice-cream and chocolate specialist.
Intrigued, we entered and realised that we were in a room of a very old building with a painted and vaulted ceiling. The chap behind the counter explained that it is part of a 14th century larger building with the main entrance next door through a large and formidable wooden door.
We selected our ice creams and sat on a small stone seat by the windows to enjoy the most exquisite tasting ice-cream ever. He explained that the home-made individual batches had natural ingredients and were not to be compared with the large “mountains” of ice cream available from other vendors. Indeed, he presented us with some samples including the most intense tasting chocolate ice cream ever. The flavours from the smallest spoonful danced on the tongue and it really needs to be savoured to be appreciated.
I can honestly say that it is the best ice cream that we have ever tasted. Le botteghe di Leonardo, il gelato che non c'era. Not to be missed….and very reasonably priced.