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Saturday, April 12, 2008

amo il loro gelato

When I was in Rome a few years ago I made it a point to go to every single gelato shop I possibly could. And gelato shops in Rome are as frequent as Walgreens is in America. Since that vacation I’ve noticed gelato shops are popping up everywhere in the US. There’s even gelato in the grocery stores. Doesn’t taste anything like the real stuff, in my opinion. Except for one place called That’s Amore in North Scottsdale. I’ve been there twice in the last three days. They have way more flavors than the 31 you get at Baskin Robbins. Sure, they have the standards like chocolate, vanilla and strawberry, but if you dare to be adventurous, they have others to try that remind you of Italy like Toblerone and Bacio, Mascarpone and Limoncello. In the shop there’s a mural of the Ponte Vecchio in Florence and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. And the owners come straight from Italy so they have a thick accent. The cups they serve the gelato in are like nothing you see in the States either. If anyone is in the Scottsdale area, put it on your list of places to go.