Traditional Italian gondolas have been around since the 11th century. Native to Venice, and over 36 feet long, these boats have been used to navigate canals and began as a way to transport high-powered people. Gondolas are traditionally operated by gondoliers, the typical uniform for these men being a striped shirt and a wide-brimmed straw hat. This summer, the city of Fort Collins will get the chance to experience Gelato & aMore’s gelato gondolas, which much like their Italian counterpart, will be transporting some very important cargo!
The Gelato & aMore gondolas are trikes with attached carts that carry your favorite flavors of gelato all around Fort Collins! Each gondola is made to ensure that the gelato is kept at a perfect serving temperature to be enjoyed on a hot summer day. The gondolas will be serving a variety of fun flavors at some of the biggest events of the summer including the City Park Food Truck Rally and the Lagoon Summer Concert Series.
It won’t be hard to find the gondolas as they will be...more
Hailing from the Piedmont region of Italy, Piedmontese cattle are known to produce some of the best beef the country has to offer. Bred to produce both high quality cheese and meat, the Piedmontese sets itself apart in a few key areas.
The Piedmont region is in the northwest corner of Italy and is second to only Sicily in size. It is surrounded on three sides by the Alps, which means there isn’t much land within the region where cattle can graze. Despite this, the region is still able to house the very unique breed of cow that is the Piedmontese.
When it comes to their stature, Piedmontese cattle can be double the size of American Angus and weigh up to 2,200 pounds — this makes them heavier than some bulls. Despite their intimidating size, when they are treated kindly by ranchers, Piedmontese cows are quite mellow and trusting.
The Piedmontese’s biggest differentiator in flavor comes from the myostatin allele, which allows for double muscling. Their unique genetic makeup creates meat that has little fat but is still tender and juicy. Without all the marbling...more
While gelato and ice cream are often mistaken as the same thing, the two frozen treats have some key differences that make them unique. Gelato, which is Italian for ice cream, adheres to traditional Italian standards that make it the dense treat you see today.
When it comes to the traditional Italian way of making ice cream paying attention to detail is of utmost importance. Often referred to as an art, gelato-making in Italy is something that is best when learned straight from the source. Beyond the depth of tradition that goes into making gelato, there are some other nuances that set it apart from ice cream.
How They’re Made
Both ice cream and gelato are composed of milk, cream and sugar with the biggest difference being how much of each ingredient is used. Gelato tends to have more milk than cream making it a bit less fatty. Due to USDA regulations ice cream is required to have at least a 10% butter fat content while gelato is usually only 4-9% butterfat. Additionally, ice cream can have egg yolks in the base to make a frozen custard, which is...more
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