For Nic the tub of Nutella meant her choice was made. Too easy.
I needed a little more research time. Relying on the crucial qualitative research technique of observation, I closely watched the locals to see what was the gelato of choice in Menaggio. As I stood in the middle of the throng a pattern of flavour choice emerged.
Cremino, the house specialty, was the most frequently chosen.
If you like gelato with your Nutella, as Nic does, then her flavour choice was a winner.
Cremino had a thick swirl of gooey caramel laced through the delicious vanilla gelato. More creamy than I usually enjoy, but once again not too sweet.
Perfection? Not quite.
Several weeks later we didn't quite escape the heat of Milano. We took a fast train to Torino to support Stefano's sister, Carmel, who was playing soccer for the SydneySiders in the World Masters' Games. While we warmed up watching from a shady spectator stand, Carmel ran around on a scorching soccer field.
With our temperatures racing there was only one solution. Walk quickly to the Torino's world famous foodhall Eataly for some cooling gelati.
It was there where we tasted perfection. Pralinato!
Pralinato - large chunks of caramel coated almonds are generously studded through the smooth, light vanilla gelato making an exquisite combination of texture and flavour. Perfection!
Gelati rating *****+
Pralinato was similar to, but even better than, the previously reviewed Croccante.
The winning detail was the abundance of crunchy toffee almonds.Try them here
Piazzia Garibaldi, Menaggio
via Nizza 230/14
We are planning a return trip to Torino in Autumn. Are you surprised?