|In our search for the best gelato Firenze has to offer, we sampled quite a few, but it came down to 3 of them: Grom, La Carraia, and Gelateria Santa Trinita.
In some ways, Grom, which is in a little alley in the shadow of the Duomo, was actually too good. It gets rave reviews from many of the people we've met here and on internet sites like TripAdvisor. At Grom, they keep scraping at the flavor bin of gelato that you've chosen until they work out all of the air bubbles and it becomes a gooey mass, so it is extremely dense. The flavor is great, but it is so intense and rich that we had difficulty finishing our tiny cups and we felt a little sick from it.
Renee liked Gelateria Santa Trinita the best. The flavors were intense, the texture was creamy, and she liked that the place was clean and had a nice area to sit while you savored and enjoyed. Her favorite "piccolo" (small) cup of gelato is half stracciatella (chocolate chip) and half melon. It is very close to our apartment- just across the Ponte (bridge) Santa Trinita, a couple hundred yards away.
Steve liked La Carraia the best. He especially liked the Bacio, which is dark chocolate with hazelnut crunches and a little fudge drizzled in. It has the best flavor and texture of anything he's tasted, and he's tasted a lot of them!
One place we didn't try is Gelateria Badiani which is supposed to be the very best, according to some. It's about 2 miles north of the city center, but we haven't ventured that far yet. We'll factor it into our results when, and if, we get there.
So, the winners of our contest for the best gelato in Firenze is a tie between Steve's favorite, La Carraia and Renee's favorite, Gelateria Santa Trinita. But, actually, you couldn't go wrong with almost any place you step into, and there are hundreds of Gelateria all over the city.