The Florentine Gelateria della Passera and the San Gimignano-based Gelateria di Piazza ran by Sergio Dondoli have been awarded again with the prestigious prize of the three cones, the highest attainable in the Gambero Rosso guide, for the year 2018.
An Italian food and wine magazine and publishing group founded in 1986, Gambero Rosso has published Vini d’Italia since 1987 and has become one of the most renowned wine guides in Italy. A few years ago, Gambero Rosso began awarding gelaterias throughout the nation.
Amongst the Tuscan gelaterias awarded is the Gelateria della Passera, located on Piazza della Passera in the Oltrarno area of Florence.
The small artisanal Gelateria, one of the two Florentine awarded, offers less than 20 flavors among which the top rated were the ones made out of coffee, almond, cream, mojito, tea, and fruit tastes.
Quite famous amongst tourists and located on San Gimignano’s main square, the Gelateria di Piazza is run by Sergio Dondoli, a former member of the Italian team that won the Gelato World Championship in 2006/2007 as well as 2008/2009. Here it is possible to find one of the most fresh and inviting flavors: the Champelmo, a mix of Champagne and grapefruit.
Dondoli also offers other ‘creations’ such as the Santa Fina cream, a flavor created in the honor of San Gimignano’s patron saint, the San Gimignano Zafferano, made out the local most typical products: saffron, eggnog and Tuscan Vin Santo. Flavors are divided between chocolate – there is even one made out the Amedei chocolate, a famous chocolate ‘artisan’ from the Tuscan city of Pontedera – creams and fruits.
The Gambero Rosso guide also revers Dondoli’s blackberry and black blueberry as well as his salty flavors.