A couple of weeks ago I had a discussion with a colleague from Naples who claimed the superiority of Neapolitan cuisine on 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 you have the chance to enjoy an excellent tasting of my favorites.
The number of quality places is really high so you need advices to fully enjoy the pleasure that a great cone can give you.
Here are my landmarks in Bologna.
You could find this parlor in your guide with the name of "Stefino". It's a long story but let's just say that now Stefino is in Via S.Vitale and Galliera 49 is still my favourite.
Seasonal and organic fruit flavours (you won't find melon or peaches in December) and great classics such as rum chocolate or mediterranean 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 Galliera, 49/b Bologna
Tel. + 39 051 246736
Far from the city centre, you need to catch the 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, has now one best reference in Bologna (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!
Gorgonzola cheese and nuts
Via Agostino Barelli, 1 Bologna
Tel. + 39 051 6010051
Cremeria Santo Stefano
Imagine a small French patisserie where you could have one of the best gelato in town.
This place is really tiny and charming and if you're lucky you could seat and taste the 7 churches cream or Baraccano's chocolate or try the homemade 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 and panettoni: sneak in and you'll fall in love.
Bronte's pistachio, white coffee
Via Santo Stefano, 70 Bologna
Tel. + 39 051 227045
Strolling around Via San Vitale you can meet a patisserie that seems taken from the South of Italy.
At Gelatauro you taste pistachio or almond ice cream like only in Sicily or Calabria you can have. The jasmine granita or the sweet manna (a resin that only grows from ash trees in Castelbuono) are unique.
The place is cute and you can also have breakfast there, trying some of their handmade cookies or (in winter) their great hot chocolate.
Via San Vitale, 98 Bologna
Tel. +39 051 230049
Cremeria San Francesco
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.
However I'd like to keep the list short and include only my real favorites.