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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.

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]

Cremeria Spinola – Chiavari [Ge]
Perfume – Genoa

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)

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

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

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]

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

Paolo Brunelli – Senigallia [An]

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

Bar Gelateria Duomo – L'Aquila

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

G & Co – Tricase – (Le)

Emilio – Maratea [Pz]

Cappadonia Gelati – Palermo

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

The 19 cities in the world where you can eat better – Italian Cuisine

The 19 cities in the world where you can eat better

The list was compiled by the American magazine "Eaters", with the help of its culinary experts. Because, now, before planning a trip, tourists evaluate the quality of the food they can taste at their destination

Many recent investigations demonstrate this: before planning a trip, tourists evaluate the quality of the food that they can taste once they arrive at their destination. Local cuisine seems to count even more than the place to stay. And, if you consider the fact that people travel more than ever (the record 1.4 billion international trips last year), it's easy to guess how hungry for new culinary experiences is growing. That's why the authoritative American magazine "Eaters", which intercepts the most significant food trends, has compiled, with the help of its network of culinary experts, a list of the 19 cities where you can eat better. Spoiler: there is no Italian. Strange, isn't it?

George Town, Malaysia

It is a crossroads of culinary diversity, thanks to Chinese, Indonesian, Indian and British influences. A typical day here could start with a Malaysian-style breakfast based on nasi lemak, rice cooked in coconut milk and served with sambal, a spicy sauce. For lunch a thali, Indian single dish with rice, vegetables and bread, and for dinner the Chinese style fried noodles or some small street food specialties.

Marrakech, Morocco

If you ask a Moroccan, he will tell you that the best traditional food is what you eat in the local houses. But as there are more and more foreigners coming to Marrakech as culinary tourists, new truly excellent restaurants have been opened offering high quality Moroccan cuisine. It is still not easy to find places that serve tagine and couscous for dinner, but the possibilities for tourists to taste the traditional foods of the city have grown.

Malmö, Sweden

In Malmö many talented young people want to work with natural and healthy products, grown thanks to the mild climate and organic farms of the Skåne region. To be a city of 300 thousand inhabitants, Malmö offers a wide range of bars and restaurants. All delightfully unconventional.

Richmond, Canada

It is without doubt the best place to eat Chinese food in North America. Richmond's culinary landscape is a journey through the traditional foods of its residents (many of whom have roots in Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China) and the creations of young Asian-Canadian chefs who, starting from traditional dishes, they are building others who are truly their own.

Gyeongju, South Korea

Eating in Gyeongju is a journey through time: you can dine like a royal Silla, with recipes handed down over the centuries and cooked by specially trained chefs, or eat like a monk, based on clean, vegetable food, prepared and served by Buddhist clergy.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

About a dozen breweries have opened in the area in the past three years. In the city of cheese and beer there is a lot to eat and in 2020 there will be even more to see. According to "Eaters", it is because of the Democratic National Convention to be held in July, where party delegates will select the Democratic presidential candidate.

Akko, Isreale

Here the different origins and faiths intertwined peacefully, and food benefited from all these convergences. In the city there are coffee enriched with cardamom and Yemeni hawaij, as well as the infinite international variations of hummus and seafood. Olives, dates, tahini, za'atar, fresh fish and rare herbs come together in this city where the past meets the present and the sea meets the land.

Marseille, France

During the nineteenth century, immigrants from Italy, Spain, Greece and other countries arrived in Marseille to work on its docks, mills and factories. This first influx of cultures helps explain how an extraordinarily cosmopolitan gastronomic scene evolved, which became even richer with the arrival of North African returnees from the French colonies after independence in the 1950s and 1960s. Talented young chefs from all over France have started to open small restaurants serving a cuisine that has never existed before, a contemporary bistro cuisine from southern France at moderate prices, fresh and creative.

Lagos, Nigeria

A flood of street food and restaurants that serve the food of immigrant populations from all over West Africa, rich in spices and oil. Do not miss the specialties such as jollof rice, white rice with tomato sauce, a stew of peppers and palm oil.

Nagoya, Japan

While Tokyo is stormed by visitors for the 2020 Olympics, Nagoya is in a perfect position for a collateral journey focused on food. Although it is true that there is not much to do, there is plenty to eat (as "Michelin" noted in 2018 when he added Nagoya to his list). Nagoya-meshi, the Japanese term used to describe the cuisine of the region, includes kishimen (spaghetti dishes), hitsumabushi (crispy eel in sauce), miso katsu (pork fried in miso sauce) and much more. Nagoya is a place where food is as generous and cheerful as its inhabitants.

Monterrey, Mexico

This is where the arrachera steak (a fibrous cut of beef that comes from the animal's abdominal muscles) was born and the largest barbecue competition in Latin America. Beef barbacoa, grilled cabrito and ribeye and soft flour tortillas would be enough reason to visit this city, but there are also many other lesser known regional goodies waiting to become the new international food trends.

The East Village, New York City, United States of America

It is the neighborhood of Manhattan with the smallest spaces, the most affordable prices and perhaps the widest variety of innovative restaurants than any other. There are many cuisines: Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Ukrainian, Jewish, Indian, Vietnamese, Filipino and more.

Pristina, Kosovo

It is part of the youngest nation in Europe, which declared independence only 11 years ago, and which has since expressed itself through art, nightlife and, of course, food. The cuisine of Pristina has historically been influenced by the flavors of the Ottoman Empire, the former Yugoslavia and its Mediterranean neighbors, with particular attention to grilled meats, peppers, cheeses, desserts and pickles. But with a new identity.

Porto, Portugal

Portuguese food is increasingly popular all over the world, and Portugal has never had so many tourists (especially Americans) willing to devour everything that this small country has to offer. But most of them start and end the Portuguese adventure in Lisbon, returning home without tasting the Nordic cuisine of Porto. Here, local chefs cook traditional foods with a newfound refinement, giving a new shape to rich recipes that for decades have been considered too heavy.

Cartagena, Colombia

It is a fusion of indigenous cultures with the influences of African, Arab and Spanish populations, which have left their mark throughout history. The culinary tradition includes hearty stews, cheese empanadas, stuffed arepas, grilled meats and tropical fruits. Chefs from all over the country arrived in Cartagena, attracted by the abundant fresh fish and tropical biodiversity.

Hobart, Australia

The artistic and musical scenes, here, have exploded, and the kitchen has matured with them. Tourism has also grown and chefs have started arriving in Hobart, attracted by the slower pace of life, the close-knit community and the impeccable farmland. An increasing number of new restaurants are showing that the city can offer much more than just a fish and chip.

Oakland, California, United States of America

One of the gastronomically most dynamic cities in the United States, and not because of James Beard or the Michelin stars, but its chefs, who through food tell their complicated stories and the fight for fairness.

Cork, Ireland

If the city center might still look like a sleepy Irish postcard, Cork is far from snobbish, with its music and art festivals, and the locals who, together with the students on its university campus, fill the locals. What has grown around the old English market, the traditional heart of the city, is a diversified space, where there is a small Ayurvedic coffee from southern India, naturally leavened pizza, Japanese food, Middle Eastern coffee, the impeccable fish and chips and craft beer.

Santiago, Chile

It is the favorite tourist destination in South America for wine lovers. The chefs of Santiago, inspired by the culinary revolutions that are taking place throughout South America, are overturning the old belief that traditional Chilean food was not suitable for refined cuisine.

10 bizarre restaurants in the world for 10 different types of travelers – Italian Cuisine

Discovering 10 strange and unusual restaurants around the world, each suitable for a different type of traveler, from the adventurous, to the nerdy ones up to those who love dizzying heights

Gastronomic travel is not new, as is the opportunity to be able to live exciting, extreme or unrepeatable experiences in some restaurants in the world. There are some, however, themed or with unique characteristics that stand out from the others for their strangeness and originality, so much so that they are worth a long journey. We therefore decided to make you take a virtual tour around the world to discover 10 bizarre restaurants as extraordinary that not only deserve to be known, but that can represent an indispensable dream, each for a different type of traveler: from the adventurous to the nature lover, to the nerd who is passionate about video games and technology. In short, there is something for all tastes and needs! Ready to go?

1) The Japanese restaurant for crime lovers

The Lockup, Tokyo, Japan

As we know, Japan is the country where fantasy has no limits and where creativity often flows into excess and extravagance. This proves this Restaurant-prison, where visitors are greeted, handcuffed and escorted by a prison maid-guard to their cell. Customers can therefore enter the role of diners and criminals, including fake edible drugs, "lethal" drinks served with syringes, dishes whose names are reminiscent of deadly sins and sirens and prisoners who roam the runners.

2) In the Maldives, the perfect restaurant for diving enthusiasts

Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Maldives

If you love the sea, diving and you have a dreamy and romantic disposition, this restaurant in the Maldives it's right for you. Ithaa is located inside a luxury resort and offers its visitors the opportunity to be literally transported in a natural aquarium at the bottom of the sea and to eat surrounded by crystal clear waters and colorful fish.

3) In Taiwan the restaurant for trash lovers

Modern Toilet, Taipei, Taiwan

The news of this truly bizarre location has gone around the world and considering the theme it is not difficult to understand why. Enter to Modern Toilet it's like walking into a large, colorful, kitchy and fun public toilet. Between toilet-shaped dishes and trash decorations, you can taste delicious food, but not exactly inviting, including an original chocolate dessert in the shape of … you got it!

4) A dinner in an ancient Mexico cave for history lovers

Alux Restaurant Bar and Lounge, Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico

If you are looking for a magical place, candlelit, steeped in history and surrounded by rocks and stalagmites, you can opt for a dinner in Mexico, in a cave that dates back to more than 10 thousand years ago. The menu of this breathtaking restaurant ranges between Mexican specialties with an international touch.

5) A dinner suspended in the air for lovers of dizzying heights

Dinner in the sky, the whole world

This very special chain of restaurants was born in Belgium and has been enjoying extraordinary success for years.
The hall, a sort of steel gondola lift, is suspended a 50 meters high and welcomes about 20 guests, including diners, chefs and waiters. In short, a lunch in the clouds really worth trying!

6) In Las Vegas the "heart-safe" restaurant for junk food lovers

Heart Attack Grill, Las Vegas

This hospital themed restaurant ironic about calories and giant portions of fast food e junk food that you can happily order and swallow, between waitresses in sexy nurse version and hamburger-bypass.

7) A steak in Arizona for Far West lovers

Pinnacle Peak, Tucson, Arizona

Everyone, at least once in a lifetime, has dreamed of living in Far West, between cowboys, gunslingers, bean soups and wine served directly from the barrels. All of this is possible on Pinnacle Peak in Arizona, one steakhouse which looks like the location of a Sergio Leone film, in which original delicacies are served including green chilies from the southwest, the Wrangler Burger and the Cowboy and Cowgirl Cocktail.

8) The robot restaurant in Tokyo for nerdy lovers of Japan

Tokyo robot restaurant

This restaurant is so absurd that it is difficult to classify. Located in the neighborhood famous for entertainment and red light clubs, the Robot Restaurant is surreal, pop and excessive beyond imagination. Here, in fact, in addition to attending Japanese science fiction cabaret performances and shows with giant robots, you are surrounded by fluorescent and flashing lights and huge screens and bombarded with sounds and music of all kinds, from taiko drums to techno music.

9) Nerdvada Frisco for geeks and videogamers

Nerdvada Frisco, Dallas

There are not many video game restaurants or retro games scattered around the world, which is why a visit to the Nerdvada Frisco deserves to be included in the to-do-list of geeks who are passionate about cooking. Between video game console placed at the table, giant screens and a huge choice of board games, here there is something for all tastes and for all ages and, above all, there is really fun!

10) A tree dinner in Thailand for those who love nature

Bird's Nest Restaurant, Soneva Kiri Eco Resort, Thailand

For lovers of nature and relaxation, the Thai Bird's Nest Restaurant can be a real paradise. This restaurant, located inside an eco-park and a luxury resort located on the island of Koh Kood, is accessed by walking in a river forest, to then be welcomed in a handmade wooden structure with a shape that recalls that of a bird's nest, then raised with ropes 10 meters above the ground. In addition to enjoying an extraordinary view, customers can enjoy delicious local and natural cuisine.

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