As a self-proclaimed gelato enthusiast, I recently embarked on a delightful journey through the charming city of La Spezia, Italy. My mission? To sample the finest gelato from the city’s top-rated gelaterias. Here’s the scoop on my sweet Italian adventure.
My first stop was Gelateria La Dolce Vita, located at Via Domenico Chiodo, 85. As soon as I walked in, I was greeted by the enticing aroma of fresh gelato and the friendly smiles of the staff. The gelateria had a cozy, welcoming atmosphere that instantly made me feel at home. I decided to try their vegan chocolate ice cream, a crowd favorite according to the numerous glowing reviews I had read. The first bite was a revelation – creamy, smooth, and bursting with rich chocolate flavor. It was clear why this place had a 4.5/5 rating on TripAdvisor and a perfect 5/5 on HappyCow. The pistachio flavor also came highly recommended, and I made a mental note to try it on my next visit.
Gelateria Stella Marina was next, located at Via Sforza 15, was my second stop on this gelato quest. The moment I stepped inside, I was captivated by the inviting aroma of freshly made gelato. The shop, managed by Andrea and Ilaria, exuded a warm and friendly atmosphere. Stella Marina has been delighting gelato lovers since 2014, and their dedication to producing sincere and genuine products was evident from the start. Their commitment to using only necessary ingredients without shortcuts truly sets them apart.
As I perused their extensive selection of flavors, I couldn’t resist trying their signature gelato creations. One that caught my eye was their renowned pistachio gelato, a flavor that has garnered accolades from gelato enthusiasts far and wide. With great anticipation, I took my first spoonful and was transported to gelato heaven. The creamy texture and intense pistachio flavor were simply divine. It was a perfect balance of sweetness and nuttiness that left me craving more.
The gelateria’s attention to detail and dedication to their craft shone through in every scoop. From classic flavors like stracciatella and hazelnut to more adventurous options like mango and coconut, Gelateria Stella Marina showcased the artistry and passion that goes into creating exceptional gelato.
It comes as no surprise that Gelateria Stella Marina has received numerous accolades over the years. They have been mentioned in the esteemed Le Routard guide since 2014, ranked as the best gelateria in La Spezia city by the readers of La Nazione newspaper in 2018, and even earned a rating of 2 cones out of 3 in the prestigious Gambero Rosso guide in 2020 and 2021. Their participation in international gelato competitions further solidifies their reputation as a top-notch gelateria.
Next on my list was Gelateria Gusto La Spezia, nestled in the heart of the city at Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi, 32. The gelateria had a modern, chic vibe, and the staff was incredibly friendly. I opted for the lemon gelato, a flavor that had garnered rave reviews online. The gelato was creamy and smooth with a tartness that was refreshingly delightful. It was easy to see why Gusto La Spezia had a 4.6/5 rating on both Facebook and Google. The excellent service and the great value for the quantity of gelato served were also frequently mentioned in the reviews.
My final stop was Gelateria Tutto Gelato, situated at Via Fiume, 190. This place had a warm, inviting ambiance that made me feel instantly welcomed. I decided to try their signature pistachio gelato, a flavor that had received high praise in the reviews. The gelato was a dream – creamy, nutty, and absolutely delicious. The prosecco with pistachios and chips was an unexpected but delightful pairing. With a 4.5/5 rating on TripAdvisor and a 4.6/5 on Google, it was clear that Gelateria Tutto Gelato was a hit with locals and tourists alike.
In conclusion, my gelato journey through La Spezia was a resounding success. Each gelateria offered a unique experience, from the cozy charm of La Dolce Vita to the modern elegance of Gusto La Spezia, and the warm ambiance of Tutto Gelato. The gelato was consistently excellent across all three places, each offering their unique spin on this classic Italian treat. If you ever find yourself in La Spezia, I highly recommend making these stops on your itinerary. Your taste buds will thank you!