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Gelaterias, Bologna

Sorbetteria Castiglione

44 Via Castiglione
Italy 40124
Tel: 051 233257

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11a Via Montegrappa
Italy 40121
Tel: 051 233008

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Il Gelatauro

98b Via San Vitale
Italy 40125
Tel: 051 230049

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Marco Fadiga Bistrot

23c Via Rialto
Italy 40124
Tel: 051 220 118

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As befits a city that takes its food seriously, Bologna can boast a handful of ice-cream emporiums that are the equal of anything in Rome, Florence, or Naples. The high temple of the local gelato cult is Sorbetteria Castiglione, a gleaming modern space that's so spotless it looks more like a laboratory than an ice-cream shop. And in one way it is: Since opening in 1994, the Sorbetteria has been at the forefront of gelato experimentation; not only are all the ingredients carefully sourced (Piedmontese hazelnuts, Sicilian pistachios, lemons from the Sorrentine peninsula), but the gelati are low in sugar (fructose is used instead) and contain no gluten; there are also milk-free and egg-free flavors. Most importantly, though, they're delicious: Creamy combos like the Dolce Emma (ricotta and figs caramelized in grape must) or the Guglielmo (coffee-flavored mascarpone and caramelized cocoa beans) vie for one's attention with more than a dozen seasonal fruit sorbets, including lemon, raspberry, and cinnamon-dusted apple. You can even have your gelato served between two slices of sweet focaccia. Other great Bolognese ice-cream outlets include the Gelatauro, in the University district, where three Calabrian brothers bring a taste of the warm South to their blends of strictly organic ingredients—witness flavors like the Principe di Calabria (bergamot and jasmine) or orange chocolate (made with top-quality Amadei cocoa). Another top spot is the ever-popular Gianni, the closest to Piazza Maggiore, where alongside the standard flavors are fantasy melds with kooky names like "Dove vai?" (zabaglione, gianduia, and coffee with crumbled ladyfingers and chocolate) and "Cosa vuoi da me?" (Amaretto and hazelnut).

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