I like to think that I’m a fairy decisive person, so why am I always in crisis when I walk into a gelateria? I have narrowed it down to the following hitch.
A small cup or cone is always two flavors, and so you must weigh in the following factors: do you go for a classic combo, such as caffè/cioccolato, or pistacchio/nocciola? But what if you want something fruity? This presents a further issue – strawberry plus another fruit? Or perhaps strawberry plus something like yogurt or fior di latte (and inquiring minds might wonder, what is the difference between those two anyway)? Mind you, this is before taking into account any of the “fancy” flavors you find at some gelaterie (my favorite in Bologna has one with candied pecans, and my go-to spot in Treviso rotates in seasonal flavors like chestnut).
In fact, I don’t know that I could ever order a gelato bigger than a “piccolo,” because increased size means increase in potential flavor options — up the size, up the scoops. Tragic, indeed, because sometimes I do want more than two scoops, but the notion of bringing another flavor into play? I’d hold up the line for 15 minutes at least.
And so, with the help of my talented artist friend Cynthia (Cindy to me) Taylor, we have come up with a strategic and non-definitive flowchart for ordering gelato, which Italians may find offensive but which I happen to keep in mind at all times.
It’s non-definitive, of course, because only occasionally can you be so bold as to match a fruit flavor with a chocolate one. Plus, I’ve yet to master cream-based fruit flavors. One of my top-five favorite flavors is ricotta with caramelized fig preserves, a stunning “gusto” that you can only find around late August or September. But what to mix it with, and without overpowering it? Perhaps this is an instance to incite the rare “I’ll just take one flavor” card, but all suggestions welcome.
What’s your favorite flavor combo?
Bring this beautiful gelato print home!! Cindy is selling her work on her Etsy shop here, and be sure to follow her on Instagram (@cynthiataylorstudio) to keep up with her latest work!