An Un-Italian Flavor of Gelato
Ice cream is delicious, I think we can all agree. Gelato is a lot like ice cream, and it’s also very delicious. If I had to choose between the two, though, I think I’d say that gelato is my favorite, although that might just be because I so rarely get to eat it. I certainly didn’t expect an opportunity to arise while visiting a random café in Japan, yet somehow here we are now!
My friends and I happened by this cute little café in Omi-Hachiman awhile back. My attention had been caught by the yuzu tree and the chalkboard menu out front advertising yuzu chiffon. If you can’t tell, I have a profound weakness for all things yuzu. When we went into the café, however, my attention was then captured by the gelato case. There were quite a few flavors, many of them new to me in gelato form. Sadly, there wasn’t any yuzu gelato, but there was matcha! I love matcha, but I’d never had it in gelato form before, so I was very excited.
And I wasn’t disappointed when the waitress brought it to our table, either. It was fantastic. Cold, smooth, matcha-y, and sitting on a bed of frosted flakes, of all things. Like a deconstructed ice cream cone. It was perfection. I loved every bite. Matcha + gelato isn’t exactly the most conventional combination, but I can confidently say that it’s a winning one.