01 June 2008

Cremolatta di Frutta

Although gelato is a wonderful, wonderful food item, some other options for dessert do turn up in Italy. We have not yet tried grattachecca, what is truly Italian ice, but we have one of the most renowned places for it in our very own Testaccio, so it is on the agenda (and when we get to it, I will post the details).

After a long day walking the Via Appia Antica, Mia and I were up for some refreshment. We tried another famed dessert food for summer, cremolatta di frutta, at the CafĂ© du Parc, near Piramide, which is rumored to be one of the best in the city. Mia had fragola (strawberry) and I tried two: papaya and mora (blackberry). They place panna (whipped cream) on top. The cremolatta is fruity, a little granular, and sweet. Mia’s tasted like strawberry shortcake! I liked the blackberry, but the papaya was a little too fibrous. The flavor was fantastic, however, and we will most definitely return to try some of the others, including watermelon, pineapple, and mango. The cremolatta also came with little pirouline cookies, a favorite of mine. Here are a couple of pictures:

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