Italy's sweet side is in the spotlight in Pizzo, where cold desserts have a history of impressing. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.
Italy’s most famous ice cream town is a great place to get in the last licks of summer.
Teetering on top of a steep cliff, the way a scoop of ice cream settles into a cone, is the dazzling waterfront town of Pizzo in the Calabria region of Italy.
The enchanted location isn’t the only thing that brings visitors close to the toe of the boot shaped country.
"Anybody who wants to delight the palate—they have got to come here in Pizzo," says one person.
Pizzo could be the sweetest town in Italy.
"Pizzo is a seaside resort full of tourists and, you know, when it's hot you need to eat something cold," says Francesco Di Iorgi of Bar Ercole Gelateria through an interpreter.
Gelato as they call it, was brought to Pizzo from further south, creating a foodie frenzy by pouring wine and coffee over snow.
"The Sicilians brought ice cream to Pizzo. Then in Pizzo, we made it better and now we are bringing ice cream to Sicily," says Gigi Corallini of Gelateria Corallini.
Tartufo is one of frozen concoctions Pizzo is famous for, first served as a treat for a visiting prince.
Tartufo probably doesn’t have the health benefits of another Pizzo favorite, Almond milk granita, with oily almonds from Siclily. They are ground not just once, but five times to create a soft flour lovingly hand-sculpted under a careful pour of water, so as not to dilute the elixir.
“The almond oil is the medicine that refreshes and detoxifies you,” says Toto Raffaele of Bar Raffaele.
Among the many flavors of traditional gelato at Gelateria Corallini is ‘Tramanto,’ to honor the setting sun.
In Pizzo, you can also have your ice cream the way this town serves its pasta—al dente.