All hail the Gelato Giant, the Connoisseur of the Cone, the Explorer of Epicurean Enlightenment … or, for those of you in the know … Ms. Adventures in Italy.
A couple of years ago, Tour del Gelato was launched in the name of all that is good to showcase gelaterie around the world that have one commonality … absolutely incomparable and deliciously mouth-watering, so-creamy-it-melts-onto-your-hands gelato.
And this is Catanzaro’s first entry.
My first visit to Catanzaro was in August 2003 – my first stop?
Back then, eager patrons crammed into a tightly packed bar, paid €1.50 for their cones and battled for one of two tables available inside. In proper Italian mode, Marrons Glacès quickly began organizing their packed house by providing ticket machines. When lines to get to the ticket machines started crowding Catanzaro’s newest hot spot, Marrons Glacès owners took action.
They began distributing ticket numbers at the register and they expanded the joint, a few more tables inside … an over-sized patio outside … and it’s still just €1.50 for your choice of cup or cone.
So the crowds kept coming.
It was easy when Michelle, of Bleeding Espresso asked if I wanted to join her today and recognize two of Calabria’s best gelaterie. Not only do I love to share this place with visitors and guests, but I’ll jump at any opportunity to have gelato, especially this gelato.
So, I headed out, husband in tow for our typical “date night” locals … Da Ciro’s Pizza, Marrons Glacès Gelato and a stroll along the Catanzaro Lido lungomare.
Unfortunately, my camera’s night pics leave much to be desired, but there isn’t really a sign from the Lungomare side … and what they have isn’t well-lit. However, it is impossible to miss. Marrons Glacès is located halfway down the Lungomare … and there is always a crowd. But just in case, the address is
88100 Catanzaro Lido
As normal, the bar was hopping and I had more than one angry Italian waiting behind me as I snapped away.
Sadly for them, they are almost always waiting on me. With 52 varieties of cold homemade deliciousness, it is hard for a gal to choose, even though I have my staples … pistacchio, fragola and spagnola.
Really. You can’t go wrong with those.
Notice there is no picture of the final product? The top-heavy cone bobbling around the center and drizzling down the side with the glistening promise of a sticky sweet surprise?
Well, that would be my fault.
I asked my, uh… honey to guard my cone while I took one last picture of the case. I looked up to snap a quick pic of the cone – and it was half gone.
I promise you, people …
This stuff is that good.
Now that you are hungry, head over to Bleeding Espresso and check out Badolato’s best – Michelle is telling you all about it today. And for goodness sake’s people … give these places a try!
So tell me. What is your all-time favorite fall back flavor? Maybe it is hazelnut, or coconut or apple … see why I can’t ever decide?