Gelato Diaries: Edoardo il Gelato BiologicoWednesday, December 28, 2016
Back when I first moved to Florence in the summer my flatmate told me about this gelateria which made the most incredible cones as well as organic, healthier ice cream so one night we ventured out of the house and she introduced me to the place that has since become my favourite. I know that there are many different gelaterie in Florence, but try this one and you will be hooked.
They named their shop after their son Edoardo and of course had to name one of their flavours after him: Gianduia secondo Edoardo which is one of my favourites and I always get it as at least one of my scoops. It's an ice cream flavour which is a mix of hazelnuts and a deliciously creamy chocolate, similar to nutella but less rich, which I actually prefer, surprise surprise. They haven't forgotten their grandparents either who gave them their old recipes and they named two of their flavours after them: Crema di Nonna Rosina made of fresh eggs, milk and sugar and Zabajone di Nonna Antonietta made of fresh eggs, milk, sugar and white raisin wine.
They also always have vegan flavours which is great for any plant-based foodies out there. I have seen chocolate, hazelnut, peanut, red wine sorbet and some other fruit flavours on offer, depending on the season as for their sorbets they only use fresh, seasonal fruit and sometimes they even use the peel where they can, for example with peaches, apricots and pears.
Now for the part that is the absolute best thing about Edoardo: their cones. They make them in-house, in front of you and the smell wafting out of the place is irresistible. I had to walk past it 2-4 times a day in order to get to work and it took a lot of will power not to go in every single time. They are so buttery and if you're lucky you will get a freshly made warm one. They come in two varities: your standard cone (pictured above) or una coppetta croccante (a cone shaped as a cup, if that makes sense) which you can see on the price list.
I have been here several times now and I have to say that my go-to is a small cone (for 3 euros) with a scoop of gianduia and a scoop of cinnamon. I absolutely love cinnamon and this flavour really hits the spot (as so many others of them!) It's in the Piazza del Duomo as well so the perfect location for sightseeing (map below). Definitely try this place if you are in Florence and get the cone. You won't regret it.