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The best ice creams in Italy and the world (and where to eat them) – Italian Cuisine


Italy wins the ice cream world cup at the Sigep fair in Rimini and the best ice cream makers in Italy are awarded. Here are their names, from Piedmont to Catanzaro

The Sigep of Rimini is an industry fair so its name will say little to readers, but very much to professionals of ice cream shops, bakeries, pastry shops and bars. It brings together companies of equipment and products for professionals each year and becomes the chosen stage to discover the new trends in the sector, meet the big names and reward the best. In a few days there are competitions of all kinds, from the one for the most creative Latte Art to the recognition for the world bakery championships. Ample space is dedicated to ice cream, and so to prizes and competitions that proclaim the best ice cream makers and the best ice cream parlors.

Competition or guide?

Excluding popular vote and word of mouth, there are two types of awards in the restaurant sector: those assigned by the juries of critics and experts to locals or professionals, and those that instead require a team competition made of selections, tests and heart-pounding final. In the first case the recognition is then given to the work "on the field", in the second case the evaluation takes place on the basis of a competition to which one enrolls and in which one competes live, passing skill tests worthy of an Olympic triathlon and tests aimed at testing competitors' skills and abilities in extreme situations. There are those who have never done one of competitions, and are awarded by industry guides, who is a professional in competitions and boasts awards and prizes, who is known to both. Why compete? To win a competition like a world cup, you train for months, often at the expense of work, but in case of victory or podium, the return on advertising and job opportunities is worth the candle. Cases like that of Luigi Biasetto is an example: on the crest of the wave since the 1997 world pastry championship.

Italy wins the ice cream world cup

Ice sculptures, sugar decorations, savory single portions and decorated ice cream tubs were some of the tests that 11 teams from 11 nations had to overcome to win the 2020 Gelato World Cup. France, Spain and Germany, but also Poland, Argentina and to the East with Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Mexico. And Italy, of course: ice cream likes it and even if we Italians boast of having invented it, we are not the only ones today to do it and eat it. But obviously we are the best. In front of a jury of experts and critics, each national team made up of an ice cream maker, a pastry chef, a cook and an ice sculptor competed on 8 nerve-wracking tests in 3 days (decorated ice cream tray, glass portion, mystery box, cake artistic ice cream, haute cuisine entrée, ice and crunchy sculpture, ice cream snacks and large final buffet, or the presentation of all the designs). For each team a general theme to direct creativity: from the "Pirates of the Caribbean" for Argentina to "The secrets of the forest" for our compatriots, themes chosen to best represent the national identity and to be able to show off their talents techniques from an aesthetic and gustatory point of view. The result, a riot of virtuosity and scenographic presentations, so extreme that they want to demonstrate that they are the best in the world. To overcome Japan and Argentina, the team composed of Marco Martinelli, gourmet ice cream guru, Eugenio Morrone, from Calabria and soul of the Roman ice cream shop Cannolo Siciliano, Massimo Carnio of the Villa dei Cedri pastry shop in Valdobbiadene and expert chocolatier and Ciro Chiummo, ice sculptor.

The best ice cream maker of the year: in Catanzaro
The competition to win the best ice cream maker of the year award is assigned every year to Sigep by the Aig (Italian Gelato Makers Association). It is chosen among the winners of other industry awards such as the one for the best ice cream cake, sorbet or the creation of a new taste, by a jury of experts. To win the 2020 edition the master ice cream maker Fabio Mellace, from Pastry / Ice cream shop in Catanzaro, Marrons Glaces, contest veterans and award-winners in several similar situations.

All the best ice cream parlors in Italy: the guide

Something different for the prizes and judgments expressed by the sector guides, who look at the daily work and the service done to customers. Presented the Gambero Rosso 2020 Italian Ice Cream Guide; the most reliable in Italy for ice cream lovers. One, two, three cones for the best ice cream parlors, scattered throughout the country with a higher concentration between Piedmont, Lombardy, Veneto and Emilia Romagna.

PIEDMONT
Canelin – Acqui Terme [Al]
Marco Serra Gelatiere – Carignano [To]
Alberto Marchetti – Turin
Mara dei Boschi – Turin
Great! Good is not enough – Turin
Soban – Valencia [Al]

LIGURIA
Cremeria Spinola – Chiavari [Ge]
Perfume – Genoa

LOMBARDY
La Pasqualina – Almenno San Bartolomeo [Bg]
The Sweet Dream – Busto Arsizio (Va)
American Bar Oasis – Fara Gerra D’Adda (Bg)
Arctic – Milan
Ciacco – Milan
The Gnome Gelato – Milan
Paganelli – Milan
Pavé – Ice cream & granita – Milan
Chantilly – Moglia (Mn)
The Tree of Ice Cream – Monza
VeroLatte – Vigevano (Pv)

VENETO
Natural ice cream shop Scaldaferro – Dolo (Ve) ù
Greedy of Nature – Gazzo [Pd]
Chocolat – Mestre [Ve]
Ice cream shop Marisa – San Giorgio delle Pertiche (Pd)
Dassie – Real Artisan Gelato – Treviso
Zeno Ice Cream and Chocolate – Verona

FRIULI VENEZIA GIULIA
Scian L’Insolito Gelato – Cordenons [Pn]
Fiordilatte – Udine

EMILIA ROMAGNA
Cremeria Santo Stefano – Bologna
Cremeria Scirocco – Bologna
Stefino – Bologna
Bloom – Modena
Ciacco – Parma
Cremeria Capolinea – Reggio Emilia
Sanelli – Salsomaggiore Terme [Pr]
The Gelato Theater – Sant'Agostino [Fe]

TUSCANY
Carapina – Florence
Gelato della Passera – Florence
Chiccheria – Grosseto
De ’Coltelli – Pisa
Swings – San Gimignano [Si]

MARCHE
Paolo Brunelli – Senigallia [An]

LAZIO
Gretel Factory – Formia [Lt]
Greed Greedy for Ice Cream – Frascati (Rm)
La Gourmandise – Rome
Otaleg! – Rome
Penguin Artisan Gelato – Rome
Torcè – Rome

ABRUZZO
Bar Gelateria Duomo – L'Aquila

CAMPANIA
Di Matteo – Torchiara [Sa]
Cremeria Gabriele – Vico Equense (Na)

PUGLIA
G & Co – Tricase – (Le)

BASILICATA
Emilio – Maratea [Pz]

SICILY
Cappadonia Gelati – Palermo

SARDINIA
I Fenu Gelateria e Pasticceria- Cagliari
Sweet Treats – Macomer (Nu)

creams and tofu fillings for sweet and savory recipes – Italian Cuisine

creams and tofu fillings for sweet and savory recipes


Thanks to its versatility, combined with other ingredients, it is ideal for filling ravioli, or for stuffed peppers. If combined with chocolate or fresh fruit instead, you will get mousse or tasty cheesecake

There are few foods so spilled in the kitchen like tofu. This derived from soy is essentially tasteless, so it is neutral, from volume without weighing it down, if smoothie gives life to creams and fillings of full-bodied tofu, without imposing its own taste, indeed. The tofu acquires the flavor of the ingredients with which it accompanies, therefore if combined with gods capers or to gods tomatoes it goes very well with a first course of pasta, while mixed with strawberries or chocolate turns into a delicious dessert on the spot.

Salted tofu creams

The tofu blended and reduced to a salty cream, thanks to the help of various ingredients, can be tasted simply on bread or on toast or used as a seasoning for pasta or chickpea burgers and other foods.

Try the smoothie together with dried tomatoes and capers to create a tasty mousse, but also simply with olives to accompany raw vegetables. If you want to overdo it, mix the tofu with walnuts and Taggiasca olives, a real treat.

Stuffed with tofu

Thanks to its lightness and ability to create frothy creams it is possible to use it to create the stuffed with ravioli. The only limit in this case is fantasy. Tofu becomes a sort of ricotta substitute able to bind with more or less all the vegetables that come to mind: courgettes, aubergines, asparagus, the classics spinach, but also the chicory red. Also try as a filling for cannelloni.

And with tofu it becomes child's play too stuffed vegetables. Peppers, courgettes, champignon mushrooms and so on and so forth. Just combine the emptied vegetables inside and the smoothie tofu, add a little salt and a drizzle of oil and bake.

Sweet tofu creams

If blended with Taggiasche olives, tofu becomes an excellent starter, if mixed with strawberries or peaches turns into an excellent cold dessert with a spoon. Just remember to add a little sugar and maybe starch to thicken the mixture. For the sweet tooth it is possible replace fruit with chocolate, in this case, however, remember to dilute everything with a little milk.

And given that often, a little erroneously given that the taste does not remember it at all, it is called vegan cheese, one cannot but think of using it for a nice cheesecake. On the basis of dry biscuits, pour the cream obtained by mixing together the tofu, soy yogurt, cream, maple syrup and a touch of cornstarch to thicken. In these recipes it is then often usedagar to gel. What's this? An ingredient derived from red algae perfect for the preparation of sugar-free jellies.

Creams, soups and cold soups: 8 recipes – Italian Cuisine


Who said it's only winter dishes? Here are 8 recipes to enjoy them in summer with lots of vegetables and fish

We are used to cooking them and eating them in winter: a dish nutritious and healthy that we like even more to eat on cold days and in bad weather to warm up. But creams, soups and soups are to be taken into consideration also for the summer: they can in fact be prepared also cold or warm in many versions.

soups
Cold cream of carrots and peas.

They are important in our diet especially if they are made with vegetables because, rich in water, they help rehydrate the body balancing the liquids that are lost on the hottest days. They are excellent even if they provide legumes with their beneficial effects on the intestine, or even fish, which gives us protein and omega3.

Here then 8 recipes with which to prepare creams, soups and soups where there is no need to blow on the plate: they are already cold and are perfect even at high temperatures.

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