You scream, I scream, we all scream for – gluten free, possibly lactose free, occasionally no sugar added – ice cream! The chant just isn’t as simple as it used to be, is it?! And for those traveling in Italy, ice cream (“gelato”), is one of the many coveted and amazing foods to savor. Unfortunately, for people who are gluten intolerant and celiac, gelato comes with cones… and with cones comes gluten. I can’t begin to count the number of times I’ve been told that all flavors at a gelateria are gluten free (“senza glutine”), only to have a server quickly follow up with “but the cones are wheat”. Shared servings off a spatula that dollops gelato into bowls and onto potentially-crumbly gluten-filled cones equally? I’ll pass!
That’s why finding gluten free gelateries (yes, I did just English-ize that Italian word!), here in Torino has been so amazing! Two, in particular, are standouts:
True to their slogan “buono per tutti” (good for everyone), the folks at Il Gelato Amico offer gluten free, lactose free, sugar free and egg free gelato that is rice based and amazingly full of flavor. I promise! I don’t know how these geniuses do it but the gelato is amazing – I recommend trying the pistachio – and their cones (which are also 100% gluten free), are the best I’ve ever had. They also sell popsicles and cakes to take away!
- Locations: 2, however it can also be purchased at some grocery stores.
- Price for a two flavor small with cone: €2.50
Now an international gelateria (thanks to a recent purchase by Unilever), this gelato chain had humble beginnings here in Torino. Everything is gluten free and they offer both original cones and chocolate nut dipped ones as well. Their gelato is rich and flavorful (crema con volto e lampone are two of my faves), but it’s their Chantilly cream topping that’s not to be missed!! Looking for variety? Try a Granita – it’s similar to an Italian ice, with coarse pieces of ice and flavor blended together for a refreshing treat!
- Locations: multiple (including locations outside of Italy), also available at Carrefour.
- Price for a two flavor small with cone: €2.60 (subject to change by location).
Of course, for those that are gluten free by choice, Torino has a plethora of other options. Più di un Gelato is highly recommended by my friends (all flavors are gluten free, but their cones are not), as is Gelateria la Romana, which has multiple locations and a bit of a cult following outside of the gluten free community.
What about you? Have you found any other gluten free/celiac safe gelato places in Torino or the surrounding area?! I’d love to know – share in the comments please!
Thanks for reading and happy noshing!