When talking about ice cream, it's impossible not to think of Italy. With a wide variety of flavors, artisan Italian gelato is a simple, sweet and refreshing treat that's ideal for those hot summer days. But do you know its origin and why Italian ice cream is so famous and appetizing? Today at Da Bruno, we'll tell you its history and tradition.
Origin and History
The origin of ice cream goes back to the beginning of time, when humans kept a mixture of milk, fruit and honey on ice. For many years, the Arabs then added other ingredients like sugar, herbs and other spices to the mixture. Thus, the first sorbets and shakes were born, which they later brought to Sicily.
According to studies done in Vesuvius and ancient Pompeii, the Romans acquired the techniques of processing and preserving these foods and created a variation of their own: lemon sorbet.
But ice cream as we know it today was a creation of Catherine de Medici's Florentine pastry chefs, who added a greater amount of milk, cream and eggs to this mixture in the 16th century. The result was so successful that this dessert was taken to Enrico II's court in France. Since then, gelato has become a global phenomenon.
As one of the best-kept secrets, the recipe for homemade gelato has been passed down from generation to generation. Gelato masters have taught their art to their children, and they have continued the legacy following their tradition recipe.
The impact of Italian ice cream has been so great that in Italy alone there are about 30,000 artisanal ice cream parlors. It has certainly become the refreshing dessert that all Italians and tourists alike want to try.
They take their ice cream making so seriously in Italy that there are even professional schools like the Carpigiano Gelato University, a recognized brand from Bologna that offers courses and awards degrees in various countries around the world. Oh, and if you want to know more about how to make gelato, you can even visit Il Gelato Museum, where you can see the first handmade ice cream laboratories.
And now...Try it!
Whether in Italy or anywhere else in the world, enjoying ice cream in a dish or cone is one of life's greatest pleasures. Made with quality raw materials, gelato - besides being a very refreshing and flavorful dessert - provides some of the protein, fat, sugar and vitamins our body needs. Among the best-known Italian flavors you can find gianduia, pistacchio, limone, stracciatella, fior di latte and bacio.
After this little tour of the history and tradition behind Italian ice cream, it's time to come and enjoy summer with a real gelato at Da Bruno. We're waiting for you with the best Italian dessert in the world!