The summer is hot and humid in Florence. It’s also the time of the year where the numerous ‘gelaterie’ work around the clock. For me, gelato brings relief: like my morning espresso, it has become my daily habit.
At 9:30 in the morning, I meet Antonio and Elisa; a cheerful young couple and proud owners of a small gelateria in Piazza Tasso. ’La Sorbettiera‘ is a short walk from the historical center of Florence, and worth every step …
Antonio is already hard at work. Every day, he creates 16 different flavours. As I walk into his tiny [and super tidy] ‘laboratorio,’ I am welcomed by a sweet fragrance of fresh fruit. Boxes of lemons, peaches, nectarines and prunes are delivered early morning. Antonio picks a bunch of fresh sage and carefully removes the leaves from the sprigs. Blended with freshly squeezed lemon, they are the ingredients for his ‘limone & salvia gelato.’ It’s a revitalising freshness that you understand only after you taste it.
We continue with prunes, ‘catrame’ [dark chocolate], ‘buontalenti’ [a Florentine tradition], strawberry and ‘caramello al sale’ [caramel and salt].
Antonio is a purist, and it’s evident in his clean and simple gelato. “Gelato needs to be full of flavor, light and well balanced. Mostly you need to feel like you want another one”. I do.
Gelateria La Sorbettiera: Piazza Torquato Tasso 11, 50123 Firenze, T: +39 055 512 0336