A couple of weeks ago i had a discussion with a colleague from Naples who claimed the superiority of Neapolitan cuisine of the Bolognese in terms of variety, taste and restaurants. Not to mention the pizza of course... In some ways he was right, but the only point on which we were in full agreement concerned the ice cream parlors.
Bologna is really one of the best cities in Italy to have a gelato and in our Bologna Food Tour we have the chance to enjoy a full tasting of my favorite ione.
The number of quality places is really high so you need advices to fully enjoy the joys that a great cone can give. Here are my landmarks in town.
----Update August 2017----
Via Galliera, 49/b - 051 246736
You could find this parlor in your guide called "Stefino". The story is long, let's just say that now there's a Stefino in via Petroni but Galliera 49 is still my favourite.
Seasonal and organic fruit flavours (you won't find melon or peaches in December) and great classics as rum chocolate or mediterrean cream. But if you're looking for their best your have to try their granita (it's the only granita from Bologna in Dissapore's rank).
Melon and figs granita
Via Agostino Barelli, 1 - 051 6010051
Far from the city centre, you need a bus to get there but well deserves the efforts. Born in 2004 by the mind of a software architect who discovered the perfect alchimy of ice cream, is now one of the reference in town (ask Gambero Rosso about it).
Stay on the classics (cream, chocolate sorbetto) or try unexpected flavours (yeah gorgonzola cheese may sound weird, but what about rhum from Guadalupe?) or go on the Sciroccata: granita, icec ream and fresh cream, pure pleasure!
Sciroccata with strawberry and cream
Cremeria Santo Stefano
Via Santo Stefano, 70 - 051 227045
Imagine a small French patisserie where you could have one of the best gelato of the town. The place is really tiny and charming and if you're lucky you could seat and taste the "7 churches cream" or "Baraccano's chocolate" of try the handmade ghiaccioli (ice sticks). If you love Italian coffee, and you have already learnt all its secrets on our Bologna coffee course, don't miss their white coffee flavor.
From June 2016 they have a lab next door where they produce brioche, focacce, panettoni etc. a pleasure for the eye.
Bronte's pistachio, white coffee
Via San Vitale, 98 - 051 230049
While you're walking into Via San Vitale, maybe after a summer rock show at Vicolo Bolognetti, just imagine to walk inside a Sicilian patisserie. At Gelatauro you could taste some of the flavors of that beautiful island trying their pistachio or almond ice cream, the jasmine granita or the sweet manna (a resin that only grows from ash trees in Castelbuono). The place is cute and you can also have breakfast there, trying some of their handmade cookies or (in winter) their great hot chocolate.
I know that in this list i kept out some of the most famous gelaterie of Bologna: Sorbetteria Castiglione, Cremeria Funivia, Cremeria Mascarella make really great artisan gelato, but i'd like to keep the list short and include just my real personal favorites.