No you are right Mr Trump, global warming doesn’t exist. So please can you explain to me why in the second week of March I am sitting melting my pretty ass under a blazing sun drinking spritz?!! Would you believe the thermometer has already spiked 23 degrees here in Modena!!
The unusually warm weather got me thinking of another reason why I love Italy. GELATO. No, gelato is not just a fancy word for icecream. It is very much different, here are the basics:
- it is churned more slowly
- contains less air = more yumminess (denser I believe is the technical term)
- is served at a slightly warmer temperature which means a silkier and softer texture
- has a lower percentage of fat than ice cream
And as if Italians weren’t already living the ‘dolce vita’ they also have proclaimed that eating this heaven on a cone is actually good for you.
You don’t have to take my word for it, find out more via Why Gelato is Good For You – Perché il gelato ti fa bene | ITALY Magazine !
I will never forget the moment when I first truly understood the passion that Italians have for food.
Shortly after I first moved to Italy from the UK, I was out dining with locals – the dish was tortellini alla panna (tortellini with cream). An amazingly good, melt in your mouth experience but I was struggling with the generous portions and I decided to leave the plate unfinished.
Within seconds my dining companion exploded with the fiery outrage Italians are famous for, ‘but that dish has taken 3 years of love and tenderness to make – you can’t leave it!!!” He was serious. I was speechless.
Nowadays of course I wouldn’t dream of such a thing, after all to quote the original Italian goddess Sofia Loren ‘everything you see I owe to spaghetti’ …..and tortelli, pizza, risotto, the list is endless!!
Anyway, back then I was still very much a ‘rookie’ when it came to understanding where my food came from and crucially the importance of tradition in the Italian kitchen.