While buying some cheese from L’Antica Latteria (more information coming soon) I was drawn to the display cabinet that has been empty of gelato since the cold weather set in during November. Yes! It must be spring, there was a small selection of the classic flavours of gelato that are sold here. Dark, dark chocolate, stracciatella, ricotta e cannella (cinnamon), hazelnut, crema; later will come the seasonal fruit ices.
It must be said that spring is not actually here yet, a very cold weekend has been forecast with a possibility of snow! But between the cold days there are times when it really does feel like spring is here, warm enough to be outside without a coat, to sit at a table in the sun to eat lunch and, yes, eat a gelato when you went into the shop to buy ricotta! If you’re really feeling hungry, you can have the gelato in a sweet roll (called a Maritozzi), this is common in Sicilia but quite unusual for the rest of Italy.