Here is, finally, my first contribution to the Tour Del Gelato, brainchild of Sara of Ms. Adventures in Italy--and from what I've been reading in the blogosphere, my timing isn't too bad as it seems many of you in the US could use a touch of relief (see bottom of this post for a suggestion).
To my readers enjoying cooler weather, I'm jealous, but at least I have gelato!
Today's destination today is actually a place I've mentioned in a previous post (Eating Out in Calabria), and it remains my favorite gelateria (place where they make gelato, of course) around here.
It's appropriately called "Golosia," which means something along the lines of gluttony or greed in Italian, and it's been holding down a well-trafficked corner of the SS 106 (Calabria's version of California's Pacific Coast Highway) in Gioiosa Ionica Marina since 1989.
There are 32 different flavors in the gelateria section, but they also make cakes, pastries, cannoli, and torrone di mandorle--an almond nougat that's shipped all over Europe and even to America. Their concoctions have been honored in various prestigious events throughout Italy, including the famous EuroChocolate in Perugia (ooh, which I now see will be held on and around my birthday this year...hmm...).
Golosia also operates as a restaurant, and the place itself is rather large with seating for 60 inside and another 300 outside--some nights there's even a piano bar.
Right, but you want to see the gelato, right?
See those wafers in the "crema" flavor? They stick one of those in every cup or cone (two if you ask nicely). Pretty!
Now, as you might know, I'm currently cameraless, so these shots were taken with my friend Carla's camera--which had precisely 15 minutes of battery life left even though we were heading to a fun event (report coming soon!); needless to say, I had to snap quickly and then close the camera, snap and close, snap and close. So these aren't the greatest photos, but I think you get the idea.
Since Carla was dolce enough to give me free reign with her camera during our adventure, I promised her a spot on the blog. Here she is enjoying a banana cone, which I highly recommend as the banana flavor is *so* good. All their fruit flavors are made with fresh fruit, of course, so there's no weird artificial, medicinal banana flavoring going on here.
I'm sure the guy in the background only thought I was a *little* weird for snapping and closing repeatedly.
This visit I had a small cup of pistacchio (my staple) and "bacio." For those who don't know, bacio means kiss in Italian, but in the chocolate world, it's a small candy made by Perugina with a hazelnut inside. That description is pathetic for just how good they are, but it'll have to do until you can try one.
Anyway, the "bacio" gelato is made with them and, whoa, is it chocolatey. And delicious. Especially with pistacchio. Yum.
So next time you're in Calabria and looking for a great gelato, head to:
Gioiosa Ionica Marina (RC)
Gioiosa Ionica Marina (RC)
I read over at Lively Women that today, August 9th is Dairy Queen's Miracle Treat Day, which means that they're donating all proceeds from Blizzard desserts purchased today to the Children's Miracle Network.
If you have a DQ near you, I hope you'll head over and get a Blizzard (with Reeses Pieces if you're thinking of me!); my mom and I used to volunteer for our local Children's Miracle Network carnival every year as I was growing up, and it's always held a special place in my heart.
So enjoy a DQ Blizzard guilt-free today with my blessing!
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