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Milan: .Gelato:RivaReno Gelato

Viale Col di Lana, 8 , Phone: 02-89077147

Reviewed by: lovetoeat from CA, review #2072

When: 2006

The world goes to Italy for the best gelato, and I found the best gelato in Italy at RivaReno Gelato in Milan. Awe-struck, was my reaction.

I was taken to RivaReno Gelato by some friends living in Milan. It's an ultra chic place, unlike the usually tired-looking gelateria one sees in Italy. The first thing one notices is that you can't see the gelato. They are hidden. My friends told me this is the old Italian way of storing gelato to preserve the freshness. My reaction to my first bite of their gelato was: oh my god, I didn't know such thing exsisted! Their gelato has an undescribable silkiness and rich flavor that unlike anything I have ever tasted.

RivaReno offers traditional Italian flavors with some canny accoutrements: “Alice” is a flavour of mascarpone with a touch of Marsala wine topped with gianduja sauce(hazelnut chocolate cream) while “Leonardo” is a perfect marriage between pure pine nut cream and toasted pine nut kernels.

Traditional flavors such as hazelnut, pistachio, and chocolate all have the mouth-feel of velvetiness, sensuousness and pure scents and flavors of respective ingredients. At first I thought I was awe-struck because I was a foreinger, but as I was watching the place crowded up with Italians I knew I had found the real winner!

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