“THREE COINS IN A FOUNTAIN”
If you want your “just desserts” go to Rome, and especially to the Piazza della Rotonda. That was where I had my first taste of the classic Italian wonder known as gelato.
The piazza was lined with cafes and had a fountain and an obelisk dating back to the 16th century in it’s center. We had a choice of many “gelato bars” but chose to take the short walk to one of Rome’s oldest...the Giolitti. It was an experience not to be missed. Colorful mounds of gelato were piled high, topped with fresh fruit to indicate their flavors.
Even the waffle cones were displayed as art. They came in three colors and flavors(natural, red and brown), and were stacked upside down so they formed very tall and colorful columns. They were an apt backdrop for the frenetic scooping. The simple act of ordering your gelato was a production in itself. Good humored laughter and many hand gestures were needed to convey your choice and then, in typical Italian style, the final product would be presented as if it were the finest jewel in the crown.
The choice of flavors was astounding...fig and lychee nut, almond and coconut to name just a few. I finally ordered a double dipper and was thrilled to find that the “hype” for gelato was well earned. It was much creamier than ice cream and the flavors were dense and almost tart. I loved it.
I had another Roman thrill on the day that I discovered gelato. We went to the famous Trevi Fountain and I took my cue from Audrey Hepburn as I tossed loose change over my shoulder. I felt just like I was in the movie “Three Coins In a Fountain” and I did make a wish. I know, I know...I’m a far cry from Audrey Hepburn but what do you think wishes are for??