The gelato competition in Milan is tough. On almost every corner there is a proud ice-cream producer inviting you in for a try. But I am always looking for the opportunity to find homemade ice-cream which is also easy to digest. The last thing you want on a hot summer day is to feel heavy with sweet ice creams.
Here comes my recommendation for an exquisite ice-cream experience: at Officine del Gelato on viale Montenero. This ice-cream parlour follows and further improves the traditions of gelato producing dating back to the 1950s in the province of Cuneo.
Among the flavours I noticed some evergreen ones like salty pistachio, stracciatella, nocciola or fiordilatte. But if you are a gelato explorer I highly recommend the light cinnamon flavoured Lotus, the Officine (gianduja and rum), apple with calvados or any of the fruit flavours.
On a hot summer day I usually opt for a granita, the semi-frozen dessert and when hungry I cannot resist brioche con gelato, yes, it’s a brioche filled with an ice-cream. Sometimes on the weekends I treat myself with some of the ice-cream cakes. Pear and chocolate one is irresistible.
I usually stop by in the afternoon and take my time for this gelato experience. After some time spent contemplating which flavours to discover this time I sit on the cute benches in front of the parlour, enjoying a cup of amazing ice-cream and some people watching on the romantic Montenero street.