Gelateria dei Neri

18 May

Bethany here…

So this evening after dinner (which included a goodly amount of fantastic wine–Tuscany may be my favorite place on earth just for the wine here…) we hit the Gelateria dei Neri along the Via dei Neri a few blocks east of the Piazza delle Signore (where the Palazzo Vecchio and the replica of Michelangelo’s David plus some authentic (and really famous) statues hang out).  Holy crap.  Their dark chocolate is one of the most decadent things I’ve sampled in my life, and believe me, that’s saying something.  I paired it with Fior di Latte (sort of like cream), which had a lighter consistency that almost made it seem like marshmallow cream mixed in, which was a lovely contrast.  Mom did Amarena (cherry), which made it like Black Forest ice cream.  Highly reccommended.  Yowza. 

 Drunk on ice cream and perhaps too much vino, I was persuaded by enthusiastic family members to sing with a hat out in this lovely square on the Porta Rossa (which is mentioned in the song ‘O Mio Babbino Caro’, which I began and ended with…).  Something cool about Italy–people actually like opera here!  I’m thinking I could probably make more money busking on street corners here than I could singing legitimately in the states.  That might not be such a bad life… 


Posted by on May 18, 2007 in food, ice cream, italy, travel


3 responses to “Gelateria dei Neri

  1. Sharyn

    May 20, 2007 at 8:45 am

    More great memories! Are you going to or through Cornwall when you’re in the UK? If so, you *must* try their clotted cream ice cream. Scrumptious!


  2. Abhi

    May 20, 2007 at 4:22 pm

    Ahhh….to be a Barber: traipsing through some of the most beautiful cities in the world, eating decadent amounts of dessert, sipping quality vino and hearing impromptu world class singing from one of your own (earning you some always welcome gelato money along the way ;-)….wow, life is brutal, isn’t it?!

    I am just dropping a line to let you know how much I’m enjoying your posts. As Dawn may or may not have told you, I am a recovering ice cream addict. One time my Dad and I each tried at least one scoop of ALL 31 flavors in ONE night. That summer we were in India and I remember being drunk off all sorts of exotic flavors….pistachio, coconut, mango, kiwi, papaya….ahhh, good times. I had definitely earned my nickname, Chubby Abhi, by the end of the summer! I still have the stretch marks to prove it (no joke!).

    Too much information? Well…moving on…

    I have two recommendations for Paris and London.

    In Paris, do make a visit to the Berthillon store on rue de Saint Louis en l’ile, the main road through the smaller of the two islands in the Seine. The flagship store is more or less in the middle of the island. Don’t stop at a place with the Berthillion logo on the awnings!!! Keep walking until you get to the actual store!

    There is no metro stop on the island…the nearest one is Pont Marie, located directly across from the bridge that will take you to rue de Saint Louis. Also, for reference, Boulevard Henri IV (which runs directly into the Bastille, maybe a kilometer and a half away) also connects to the southern part of the island. The Louvre is only about two and a half kilometers to the west of the island. Ill de la Cit (where the Notre Dame is) practically touches Ill Saint Louis and is connected to it by a bridge. If you don’t have time to make it their primary store, there are a multitude of dessert parlours serving Berthillion. I cannot overstate how delectable Berthillion desserts are!


    When living in London, I found out that many of the city’s more famous ice cream parlours have been bought out and replaced with big chains like Ben and Jerry’s and Haagen Dazs. The best desserts are now located in very expensive restaurants or five star hotels. The best independent ice cream parlours have been pushed out of central London…you probably won’t have time to visit the out of the way places like Camden Town.

    However, the ice cream parlour inside Harrod’s in Kensington (your big red bus will make a stop outside) is very famous. Though certainly expensive, the place is famous for making almost any flavour you can dream up. There is a good chance they serve clotted cream and they definitely have all sorts of English pudding. If you don’t have time, I’m sure you will come across at least a few independent shops in the bustling Covent Garden/Seven Dials area (my favorite nightspot) as well as Leicester Square and Picadilly Circus.

    If all else fails, there will be plenty of B&J’s and Haagen Dazs everywhere!

    I hope this helps!!!

    Enjoy the rest of your trip…I can’t wait until the pictures are posted!



  3. brendahb

    May 21, 2007 at 4:41 pm

    Ah, thanks for the recommendations, Abhi! It just so happens that our hotel in Paris is on Rue de St Louis on the Ile de St Louis, just down the street from Berthillon’s! Alas, they’re closed Monday and Tuesday, but we don’t leave for London until midday Wednesday, so we DEFINITELY plan to make a stop there that morning! We’ll report back.
    –Brenda 🙂


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