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Gelato in Firenze n it’s lunchtime. n You just ate a huge calzone. You’re feelin’ that craving GELATO. n Hmmm… Where should you go? …..mmmm.

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1 Gelato in Firenze n it’s lunchtime. n You just ate a huge calzone. You’re feelin’ that craving GELATO. n Hmmm… Where should you go? …..mmmm.

2 I t depends on what you value most in a gelateria…. PRICE # of flavors Produzione Propria? quality Si parla inglese? Hours of operation

3 Winter Quarter Gelato I started this project on a whim. Pure and simple. Even before it became a formal assignment for CS 99D I was out there doing “research”. Like most American students who study abroad in Florence, I eat lots of gelato. You could even say that this winter term I have been on a mission to try as many places as I could find. On the pages that follow I have compiled a few maps and a few charts and graphs in a feeble attempt to make some sense out of the mouth-watering business that rivals even the most famous art and the architecture of this Renaissance town. I have tried to be as precise as possible in collecting my data, but as we all know, Italian businesses rarely exhibit “precise” qualities. What follows is less of an exact picture and more of an approximate sketch of the Florentine gelaterie that I visited...

4 There are many gelateria in Florence…some right in the center of town and some farther out…. n So when it’s time for gelato, it’s time to take a walk. Some are heavenly.Some are heavenly. Some are not.Some are not.

5 Locations Festival Neri Vivoli Badiani Granducca Frilli Pinguino Girasole Slurp Carraia Veneta Perche No Antica Botega Ermini Mio Bar (sans) Bar PonV(sans) Bar (sans) Maioli Damiani Pergola De’Medici Righi Carrozze Dolceneve Ghiottone L’Angolo Orafo Perso Fiorenza Bermude Tutti Fruti Black Bar (sammont.) Stranamore (sammont.) Moka Efti (sammont.) Bar Due P (sammont.) Tabacchi (sammont.) Bar Past (sammont.) Il Gelato (sammont.) Caffe Mokarico Carabe Snack Self S (?) Dini Caffe (prato) Cabras Moka Arra (Nestle) Gelaterie are most concentrated in the highly touristed center of Florence. Here they are listed in descending order according to the quality of coffee flavor gelato (my favorite!).

6 On this chart you can see that medium cups of gelato get slightly more expensive toward the middle part of the map (the center of the city) and level off at 3000 lire as you get further from the center (out of the touristed areas).

7 Before you decide which gelateria to visit based on just location and price, it is important to realize that all gelato is not created equal. In Florence, there are some gelaterie who get their gelato from a company called Sanson in Verona, some who import from Sammontana in Empoli and some who import from other companies in Rome. But the best gelato by far comes from those gelaterie who make their own. Among this subcategory, the quality also varies. Accoring to the guide books, many of the places in the center of town make their gelato from mixes rather than from fresh ingridients. Yet in gathering info from gelato proprieters, none of them would admit using anything but fresh ingridients. Ah well. Such is life in Italy. So I took it upon myself to try the product of each place to see which places are the best, taking into account factors like # of flavors, whether they sell sugar cones or not, and their range of available cup sizes/prices. I tasted the coffee flavor at all the gelaterie included in this report and the chocolate flavor at most.

8 Origins Make own gelato imported (random Rome) imported (Sanson, Verona) imported (Sammontana, Empoli)

9 Relationship between number of flavors and quality* of coffee gelato COFFEE RANKING 1 Festival 2 Neri 3 Vivoli 4 Badiani 5 Granducca 6 Frilli 7 Pinguino 8 Girasole 9 Slurp 10 Carraia 11 Veneta 12 Perche No 13 Antica 14 Botega 15 Ermini 16 Mio Bar (sans) 17 Bar PonV(sans) 18 Bar (sans) 19 Maioli 20 Damiani 21 Pergola 22 De’Medici 23 Righi 24 Carrozze 25 Dolceneve 26 Ghiottone 27 L’Angolo 28 Orafo 29 Perso 30 Fiorenza 31 Bermude 32 Tutti Fruti 33 Black Bar (sammont.) 34 Stranamore(sammont.) 35 Moka Efti (sammont.) 36 Bar Due P (sammont.) 37 Tabacchi (sammont.) 38 Bar Past (sammont.) 39 Il Gelato (sammon 40 Caffe Mokarico 41 Carabe 42 Snack Self S (?) 43 Dini Caffe (prato) 44 Cabras 45 Moka Arra (Nestle) *high quality coffee gelato (to me) is of a medium consistency (between American ice-dream and mouse) not syrupy, and slightly sweet but not enough to overpower the rich coffee flavor. You can see by this graph that in general, gelaterie with more flavors also are highly ranked in coffee quality. This is perhaps because these places specialize in gelato while those of lower rank are also bars or cafes. Frilli (#6) is an obvious exception…a small place that sells groceries but also has great gelato.

10 sell sugar cones don’t sell sugar cones sell only small sugar cones Sugar Cone Distribution As you can see, they sell large sugar cones in the touristed central area and small or no cones in the “local” areas on the periphery.

11 On this table you will find the raw data that I have been working with including HOURS OF OPERATION and ENGLISH SPOKEN--two categories that I have not charted but which may be useful. OVERVIEW

12 THE END Okay. You’ve got the scoop. Now go get some gelato. Jennifer Zwarich.


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