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Pianegiani, Todi

40 Corso Cavour
Italy 06059
Tel: 39 075 894 2376's insider take:

This corner bar in the southern town of Todi looks like any number of others where local old-timers (who may eye you warily as you walk in) gather for coffee, sandwiches, and glasses of grappa. But what sets Pianegiani apart from the pack is the homemade gelato—not the Day-Glo whipped stuff designed to lure passing tourists but serious ice cream made with fresh local ingredients. The best flavors to try are crema ai pignoli (made with pine nuts), chocolate, and Fior di Latte (sweet and milky,sort of like vanilla without the vanilla); in summer, the fruit sorbets are good, too. The shop sells gelato from about mid-March to the end of October.

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