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“Sergio Dondoli is the Michelangelo and the Raphael of Gelato” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Gelateria Dondoli

Gelateria Dondoli
Ranked #1 of 6 Dessert in San Gimignano
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $2 - $5
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Drinks, Late Night, Cash Only, Takeout
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Sergio Dondoli is the Michelangelo and the Raphael of Gelato”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2012

I have been taking groups to Tuscany for more than 15 years. I have traveled Italy from top to bottom. Everywhere I go, I have a gelato, every day at least one. Sergio Dondoli's gelato is significantly superior to any other gelato, anywhere. I have never found another that can compare. It's in a class all its own. It's unique. I write this, not to put down the others, but to emphasize how exceptionally superb Sergio's gelato is. The impact of the taste on the palate is intense. The experience is exceptional because Sergio is a true artist.

Would you visit Florence and not go to see Michelangelo's David? Would you go to Rome and not see the Sistine Chapel? Likewise, if you visit Tuscany, it's worth going out of your way to climb to the top of the hill in San Gimignano for the Sergio Dondoli experience. If Michelin rated gelaterias, the Gelateria di Piazza would receive three stars, without a doubt. And where can you enjoy a Michelin star for a few Euros?

But don't get confused. There is another gelateria on the Piazza della Cisterna, which claims to be "the world's best gelato," an undocumented claim without any proof or evidence of excellence evaluated by any authority in the field. Perhaps some of the handful of negative reviews on this website might be the result of such a mistake.

Am I passionate about Sergio Dondoli and his gelato? You bet!

Here's an interesting fact I learned during one of my many visits to the Gelateria di Piazza: Film producer George Lucas flew Sergio from Tuscany to California to make gelato for one of his private parties. Lucas recognizes artistry.

I wish I had Lucas' money.

  • Visited November 2012
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Island of Malta, Malta
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Thought I died and gone to heaven, seriously!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2012

Ok, I exaggerated a bit in my title, but this ice cream is really heaven on earth. In fact the queue to get a gelato is a demonstration that the wait is worth the while. There is a very good variety of unique flavors that it is a pity one can only taste a few (unless you are living there).

Sergio is the master ice cream maker of the "Gelateria di Piazza" located in the central Piazza della Cisterna in San Gimignano, known all over the world and visited by a large number of celebrities.

His ice cream parlour is mentioned in the most important world guides and is continuously visited by national and international televisions. Due to his experience and inclination to experiment he has created original and unusual flavours. By now his early creations have become famous: Crema di Santa Fina® (cream with saffron and pine nuts), Champelmo® (pink grapefruit and sparkling wine), Dolceamaro® (cream with aromatic herbs) and Vernaccia Sorbet enhance his already highly extensive menu.

Sergio's great inventions include very innovative and successful combinations of flavours in the world of ice cream making, like the sorbets flavoured with aromatic herbs such as Raspberry and Rosemary, Blackberries and Lavender, Gorgonzola cheese and Walnuts, Curva Fiesole (ricotta and bilberries), Sangue di Bue (spicy chocolate and sour cherries).

  • Visited October 2012
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Aust/china
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“Seriously good gelati!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

We are on a mission in Italy to try as much gelati as we can and this is by far the best we have had! They even have their own flavours registered ie. raspberry and rosemary which is amazing, saffron also delicious - 4 of us and we tried 16 flavours! Delicious. The owners were delightful also.

  • Visited November 2012
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Chicago Suburbs, Illinois
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“Best ever!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2012

Had my first taste of real Italian gelato here and loved it! I tried the peach gelato and now I am spoiled. Now, every gelato I try in the future will be compared to the one I ate here. It was so good!!!

  • Visited September 2012
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Bath
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“Delicious!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2012

Recommended by our tour guide this was truly the tastiest ice cream ever.Despite the rain the staff were all cheerful and helpful

  • Visited October 2012
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