La Bella Italia has been serving ice cream in the Roma Norte neighbourhood since 1922. That makes it one of the older businesses in the zone. Not an easy thing to say in a neighbourhood that has witnessed an aggressive gentrification process in the last years. “La Roma”, as it’s called by locals, is the hipster Mecca in the city.
La Bella Italia is a survivor thanks to a large base of loyal costumers and the quality of their traditional ice cream. It’s a family place, great to grab a dessert after eating in one of the many restaurants located at the nearby Alvaro Obregon avenue or to freshen up after a walk around the local galleries and parks.
I have a 7 year old daughter from a past relationship. Last year, she and her mom, step-dad and step-brother moved to Puebla (a city 140 kilometres east of Mexico City). A few months back, I asked her: “What do you miss most of Mexico City?”, expecting to get something like “You daddy! Of course.” Instead she said: “La Bella Italia.” I guess that’s why they say that children, drunk people and leggings always tell the truth.
La Bella Italia offers 33 different flavours. My personal favourite is chocolate, and my daughter is addicted to cherry. The list also includes: cheese, corn, mint, banana and strawberry.