Chocolate & Gelato Weekend in Tuscany

Although I’ve been enjoying lots (and I mean lots) of all-American ice cream on my trip, there’s just no substitute for lapping up real Italian gelato. I’ve been fortunate to sample gelati up and down Italy and will be heading back this fall to Florence, the culinary capital of Tuscany.

True Italian Gelato

I’ll be co-hosting a weekend packed with gelato and chocolate-tastings with my good friend Judy Francini Witts, of Divina Cucina, as we wend out way through the streets and alleys of Florence in pursuit of the best Italian sweets…and more! This is a true way to explore La Dolce Vita and if you’ve never been to an Italian market, a trip with Judy as our guide is the only way to go. (Although I’ll pass on the tripe sandwiches…!)

Private demonstrations from the top chocolatiers in town as well as visits to local enotecas, pastry shops, and a very special excursion to meet famed Dante-quoting butcher Dario Cecchini are just some of the fun we’ll have during this three-day adventure, September 14-16, 2007.

For more information, visit La Dolce Vita: Chocolate & Gelato Weekend in Florence for the rest of the scoop.


  • June 29, 2007 10:39pm

    Remember the Aussie girl, Jackie, that you met at the Ici signing, who’s going to miss your Parisian tours by one day at either end of her trip? Well she’s missing your first tour because she’ll be in… drumroll please… FIRENZE. Obviously her timing is all off!

  • Eileen
    June 30, 2007 12:28am

    I was just in Paris, Roma and Firenze and I am so wishing I could be there with you.

  • June 30, 2007 6:28am

    David, you are really living the life. Awesome.

  • June 30, 2007 10:15am

    Oh David, I would just about kill to come on this trip with you. We just returned from three weeks in Tuscany and I didn’t really get to do anything foodie because, well, there was the Toddler and the Newborn. Not conducive to art galleries or long browses in crowded markets or even eating in restaurants. (And on top of that, the boy doesn’t like ICE CREAM – whose child is he anyway???)

    SO. If I can find a suitable bribe for the husband (no, actually, it doesn’t exist) I could abandon the kids for a weekend and play at being a grownup. Sigh. Or just read about it here (enviously) when you get back….

  • N. Rodrigues
    July 2, 2007 8:23am


    1. Does The Perfect Scoop feature any Italian Gelato recipes?

    (I’m buying it either way)

    2. Do you have an opinion on the Musso 4080 Lussino Dessert Maker? It’s Italian, it’s expensive (600$), and apparently excellent.

    Thanks for the help!

    N. Rodrigues, Lisbon

  • July 2, 2007 10:17am

    Yes, there are several gelato recipes in the book (my favorite is the Gianduja, made from hazelnuts and chocolate), as well as other Italian treats like stracciatella and graniti.

    As for machine recommendations, I haven’t used the Musso but the Cuisinart ICE-50 is about half the price, depending on where you live. They aren’t available in France, but mine was shipped from England.

    You can find more recommendations & advice in my post: Meet Your Maker


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