Friday, April 23, 2010

Going to the lake to eat gelato

Much to explore in the Valley! The other day our friend Martina took us to Lovere, a truly charming small city on the lake Iseo.

And because it was a warm sunny day we sat down for gelato on the lake front. Now, when I go to places like these I dream to have an ice cream place in New Zealand. We really miss it: young and old, men and women, families and groups of youngsters, all sitting at tables and eating lovely ice cream concoctions, which don't look artificial and over-coloured artificially. And the gelato quality is, of course, excellent!

But I don't know....would it work in NZ? Would Kiwis sit down for 30 minutes (or more) to eat an ice cream like Italians do? Would they make it into an outing like the do here? Would they pay for it? These were about NZ$10 each, very big and with whipped cream and fresh fruit (almost a meal), and served in a lovely cafe with tables on the lake front. The place was quite full even if it was just a Wednesday afternoon and not the week-end.

Maybe I should start a gelato appreciation society :-)

Photos by Alessandra Zecchini©


  1. Sento aria di casa!Il mio apese di origine è poco distante dal Lago d'Iseo(che reputo delizioso)..proprio come quella spettacolare coppa gelato!Buono come in Italia, non lo magi da nessuna parte o sbaglio?

  2. Dov'e' il tuo paese Saretta? Si', qui il gelato e' speciale...

  3. Oh, I am drooling. That looks like the perfect place to enjoy a gelato - take me along!
    And, of course, NZ should have an ice cream shoppe - you would be perfect at that, Alessandra.

  4. Ciao Alessandra, qua in New England il nostro gelato italiano sarebbe apprezzato e pieno inverno (-20 degree) le gelaterie sono sempre aperte.

  5. MMMMMMMMh, I am planning...of course I need to do more 'research' now :-)

  6. yuuuuuuum. love gelato. The place in the Ferry Building (Vincents is it?) is lovely, but too far away for these Westies to pop out for an ice. I really want to get the ice cream attachment for my Kitchen Aid so I can make my own.

  7. And don't forget to open one ice cream place in Welly too ;)
    In my childhood, I was also used to go, like that, downtown with family or friends just to enjoy a good ice cream. Sit down and chatting...

  8. How amazing does that look?! Yum.

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