I’ve been back from Italy for a whole week now, and I still can’t get the food we ate on that trip off my mind. There really is nothing like it. I’ve always been a sucker for good Italian food, so my expectations were obviously pretty high about eating in Italy. Unlike Paris where we left generally unimpressed with the cuisine, I’ve been scheming about ways to re-create some of the best dishes I had ever since getting home.
I had gelato every single day I was in Italy, and nothing was as amazing as the gelato alla cannella we had at Giolittis in Rome. Andy and I both were obsessed with it and had it every day we were there. It was oh so creamy, and was bursting with cinnamon flavor. I tried my hand at finding an at-home version, and I was SO happy with how this turned out.
Even though I’ve had my KitchenAid Ice Cream attachment since our wedding in August, this was my first time using it. Wow…I thought my old one was great- but the texture of the ice cream churned from this baby was so creamy and almost custard-like. If you have a stand mixer and ever think you want to try homemade ice cream, I really recommend it. How would you guys feel about a whole month of Ice Creams this summer? ;)
I know that it isn’t quite ice cream season yet, but I couldn’t resist trying my hand at this flavor. It would be amazing this summer over a peach cobbler don’t you think? Or in the fall with apple pie? Or maybe like the Italians do, in a shot of espresso affogato style?
Here’s a pic of (a very overly excited) me outside Giolittis on our last day in Rome…I sure do dream about that place!
*If you pour the cinnamon in all at once it may get clumpy and hard to stir. To avoid this, add it slowly and stir gently.
Recipe adapted slightly from: The Ciao Bella Book of Gelato and Sorbetto
Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g
*If you pour the cinnamon in all at once it may get clumpy and hard to stir. To avoid this, add it slowly and stir gently. Recipe adapted slightly from: The Ciao Bella Book of Gelato and Sorbetto
I seriously need a better ice cream maker… ah this looks so good. The gelato in Italy is really unbeatable. That and the pasta, and the pizza…..
told ya!!! im so happy you liked it girl! me and my hubs are the biggest foodies and we hunted down the best gelato in rome. we were asking cab drivers, locals, everyone to get the original, true flavor, old school gelato. isnt their whipped cream TO DIE FOR? and the pistaccio!? Lord almighty. Thank goodness our hotel was in Via Venetto which isnt far from Giolittis so we ate there every day.
Thank you SO much for the suggestion! xoxo
Cinnamon ice cream has been my favorite for years. This gelato version is a must-bake for me! :)
Totally agree. I love Ben & Jerry’s Oatmeal Cookie Dough Ice Cream – mostly because of the cinnamon ice cream base. I’ve only made vanilla ice cream with my Cuisinart ice cream maker but I’m up for this challenge!
I still don’t have an ice cream attachment. This gelato looks heavenly!
I loved Giolittis in Rome and the history behind it. Glad you enjoyed your trip I went last year and definitely put on weight because of the gelato and pizza.
Your pictures make me want ice cream more than any picture before!!!! Seriously, you captured what I love about ice cream in some magical way. I may or may not be PMSing, but still…
Yes to ice cream month! Though, your freezer and your workout schedule might suffer a bit. :) BTW, you look totally chic in all your vacation photos. I always look a mess when traveling!
Aw you’re so sweet. I went back to my hotel several times throughout the day to freshen up! :)
Oh yum oh yum oh yum I love gelato!! You can totally do an all ice cream month!! I would LOVE it!!
I dream of gelato from Italy too. Sigh. I’m so jealous. Please please tell me you guys had pizza from L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele in Naples! It’s the best pizza in the world!!!
We didn’t make it to Naples this trip unfortunately. Next time! :)
I need an ice cream maker STAT! Cinnamon gelato sounds incredible year around.
You look so happy with that gelato in your hand. Who wouldn’t be? Your version of cinnamon gelato looks amazing and creamy. Yum!
Love the photo of you with your gelato! This recipe sounds so stinking good!!!
I was in Rome when I was 11-1/2 (I can’t believe it has been 40 years!) and I had gelato there. I forget the flavors i had but I think I also had some every day. It was like no ice cream I had ever had. I’ve had some since, but not in Italy, and it is always so much fresher tasting as it doesn’t have as much butterfat as ice cream so the flavors taste clearer. Your gelato looks amazing.
Exactly Risa! It’s so rich and creamy but actually uses way more milk vs. cream :)
In my opinion, it is ALWAYS ice cream season!! I always order cinnamony ice creams whenever they’re available so I know this would be an instant love of mine! IT sounds amazing! I’ll be making it…perhaps this weekend!
My mom bought me an ice cream maker this past summer and, can you believe it, I am yet to break that puppy out! I think that might be changing with this gelato, though.
I’m always dreaming about the gelato I ate while I lived in Italy! I totally need to make some ASAP!
I went to Europe this past summer and when I stayed at my aunt’s in Italy, I had gelato at least twice a day. I loved the ferrero rocher and the noccialo (hazelnut)…actually I just loved all of them! I tried a different flavor each day and it was amazing. We followed trip advisor’s suggestions of which places had the best gelato and oh my…they were so amazing!
Oh my gosh! I so wish I had an ice cream maker right now! It’s not fair I tell you :P
I would gain so much weight if we did a trip to Italy – between the pizza, pasta and gelato, it would not be pretty :) You’re right, this would be amazing with a peach cobbler this summer!!
Your gelato looks amazing – so creamy and delicious!
i’m having a cookout this weekend and want to make this! i, too, have the ice cream attachment and have yet to use it. what a great inaugural recipe this would be!! have i mentioned how much i adore cinnamon??
my question is- number 3 on the directions is blank. should there be something there or is that my moment to just breathe? ;)
Haha! No- #3 was not supposed to be blank :) no breaks allowed! I hope you like it!!
Cinnamon gelato is my favorite! I love it! This looks so perfectly creamy. I bought my ice cream maker late last summer and just pulled it out a couple of months ago for the first time. Now I love using it.
Hi Audra! I was directed to your lovely blog through Nosh It. I just love it, and I couldn’t help reading your post about la bella Roma. I too am in love with this beautiful city and cannot wait to visit again. For my daily dose of ice-cream I loved Gelateria Della Palma. Great ice-cream (as good as Giolittis, I was promised by a local) without the long queues/lines). Have you been there? xx
Hey Roberta! When we were in Rome we pretty much went to Giolittis every day so I didn’t try any others, but I will remember your suggestion for my next trip!! :)
This look to me delicious and yummy. Like the pics you shared. Keep sharing. Thanks for sharing.
Made this tonight. Soooooo good. It took me right back to Italy! Thanks
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