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One week in Verona was enough time for us to fall for the fair city. Our parting was such sweet sorrow that we returned five months later for a repeat performance.
Our second trip was different from our hectic inaugural visit. Having already toured the city’s ancient arena and ascended Juliet’s balcony, we focused our time on doing our very favorite thing to do in Verona. In other words, we ate Risotto all’Amarone at some of the best Verona restaurants and revisited our favorite Verona Gelato gelaterias.
The Best Gelato in Verona
As unofficially ‘certified’ gelato connoisseurs, we were pleased to discover several excellent gelaterias in Verona when we visited the charming Veneto city for the first time. Like much of Italy, the Verona gelato scene is filled with artisan boutiques as well as national chains.
As background, we’ve been big fans of Italian gelato every since we devoured our first cones of gelato in Bologna back in 2010. We solidified our love by taking a class at Carpigiani’s gelato university several years later.
These are the five Verona gelaterias that you don’t want to miss if you’re an Italian ice cream fan too:
Gelateria Ponte Pietra
Practically at the foot of the Adige River by the Ponte Pietra bridge, Gelateria Ponte Pietra has been serving excellent gelato in Verona since 1999. The popular gelateria also serves Sicilian granitas, milkshakes and brioche sandwiches filled with gelato.
During our visit, we shared a double-dip cone with White Chocolate Pistachio on the bottom and Stracciatella on top. Both flavors hit us in the face with their bright flavors and creamy texture. We licked the cone until the gelato was gone and then we ate the cone.
We’re not saying that Gelateria Ponte Pietra is our favorite Verona gelateria. That being said, it’s the first gelateria we’ll visit when we return to Verona. Okay, it was our favorite.
Gelateria Ponte Pietra is located at Via Ponte Pietra, 13, 37121 Verona VR, Italy.
Zeno Gelato e Cioccolato
The only Verona gelateria awarded ‘three cones’ by Gambero Rosso, Zeno Gelato e Cioccolato takes pride in crafting gelato with ingredients procured from local farmers, cheesemakers and winemakers. Yes, winemakers.
Though we were tempted by the gelateria’s simple flavors like milk cream and its exotic flavors like peanut salt and beer, we couldn’t resist eating gelato featuring the Veneto’s king of wines. With this in mind, we shared a cup of creamy gelato made with pears, cherries and, of course, Amarone wine.
We enjoyed the experience of queuing with locals who jam this tiny gelateria on a nightly basis. We also enjoyed eating the gelato. Most of all, we enjoyed strolling along the Adige River before and after our visit.
Zeno Gelato e Cioccolato is located at Via Sant’Alessio, 6, 37129 Verona VR, Italy.
Open since 1939, Gelateria Savoia could easily rest on its laurels and serve simple gelato flavors to its generations of fans. Instead, the historic gelato pushes the ice cream envelope with its creamy offerings.
After almost ordering one of the gelateria’s penguin gelato popsicles, we instead shared a cone topped with two flavors – Amarena (cherry) and Grappa with Amarone wine and cake crumbles. We can’t say that this is the best gelato in Verona but its unique flavors are worth a visit or two.
Gelateria Savoia is located at Via Roma, 1/B, 37121 Verona VR, Italy.
Gelateria La Romana
Originally opened in 1947 in Rimini, Gelateria La Romana now has dozens of gelaterias throughout Italy and in countries like Spain, Germany and Austria. More importantly, the artisan ice cream chain opened its Verona location in 2013.
Locals line up to eat cones topped with freshly prepared gelato at this shop away from the maddening crowds. They choose from funky flavors like Stracciatella Grand Cru and Mint Licorice with Pink Salt as well as from standard flavors like Lemon and Strawberry.
Regardless of their choices, customers get gelato made with ingredients like organic milk, eggs from land-based farms and freshly whipped cream. More importantly, the gelato tastes good.
Gelateria La Romana is located at Piazza Santo Spirito, 9, 37122 Verona VR, Italy.
Il Mustacchio Verona
We trekked to Il Mustacchio Verona in the hopes of combining gelato with specialty coffee. Our hopes didn’t exactly come to fruition since the gelateria’s coffee preparation was nothing special. However, we still enjoyed eating a cold gelato cone on a hot day at this sleek, modern gelateria
Il Mustacchio Verona is located at Via Luigi Galvani, 31, 37138 Verona VR, Italy.
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About the Authors
Daryl & Mindi Hirsch
Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.