How to pass Gelato 1010
1. DON'T hold back on having two gelato sessions a day. In Italy it is totally socially acceptable to eat gelato every single day and to show up to any occasion, including desk crits, with gelato in hand.
2. DO mix flavors and DO try new flavor combinations. Highly encouraged to alternate between fruity combinations on during the warm afternoons and richer, chocolatey flavors later in the evenings. Again, two-a-days are highly encouraged.
3. DON'T fear the cone. The scoopers here can get really aggressive with the ratio of gelato to cone, so you might feel compelled to move to a cup instead for safety. Cups are for babies and less bang for your buck.
4. DO lick in circles and move quickly. Gelato melts fast because it is not as dairy based as regular US ice cream. Plus, you are probably grabbing your gelato on a walk around the Roman ruins in the august heat. (Pro tip: combine a heavier, creamy gelato flavor such as stacciatella with a lighter, fruity flavor; the thicker flavor will hold the fruity one together for longer)
5. DON'T repeat gelato shops (unless it's Frigidarium). There are probably more gelato shops than cobblestones in Italy, and even though you might find your favorite shop, it's important to shop around some.
6. DON'T order more than a small. The small almost always allows you to combine two or three flavors, and you gotta save room for round two.
7. DO try out the small sketchy shops. These often have the lowest prices and the best gelato!
8. DON'T pay more than 2 euro, unless the cone is something special. If you are paying more than 2 euro for a basic cone or cup, you are getting ripped off. If you're feeling fancy, pay an extra euro or so for the special cone, it's always worth it.
9. DO ask for the waffle chip, but save it for when the gelato starts to drip. You'll be glad you held onto it.
10. DO dip in chocolate or whipped cream, if that's an option. Never hold back when you're eating gelato. Be warned, chocolate AND whipped cream is never an option and honestly by doing both you are probably asking for a disaster.