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“Best Gelato in Italy”

Antica Gelateria Fiorentina
Ranked #12 of 217 Dessert in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$1 - US$5
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Dining options: After-hours, Cash Only, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighbourhood: San Lorenzo
Lahaina, Hawaii
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Best Gelato in Italy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2011

We had gelato every night during our weeklong trip to Italy...and once in the daytime too! We had gelato in Rome, Florence, and Venice, and this was our favorite. It was so good we walked all the way across the city on our second night to get it again. Delicious!

  • Visited September 2011
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“Unusual flavor names - but bland flavors and just okay texture”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2011

I went to Antica Gelateria Fiorentina on October 6th, 2011, with my wife. We’ve been in Florence now since September 1st and have visited 16 gelaterias in the city and have tasted upwards of 100 flavors between the 2 of us. I don’t think Antica Gelateria Fiorentina could be considered in the Top 5.

The have a small, but lovely shop with a few small tables and stools inside and a thin bench outside. There is a posted listing details of 4 flavors. I assume they’re either their most interesting or are unique to the shop. We tried 3 of them:

Cuor di Pardula – Cream with ricotta, lemon and orange peel, and saffron
Ambrosia – Yogurt with apple and cinnamon
Buontalenti – A typical Florentine cream

We also tried Datteri e Noci (Dates and Walnuts).

The €2 cones provided us with the standard portion size you’d expect from the second to the smallest size they offer. Some shops charge more for this size, like GROM (€3,50) and Neri (€2,50), while others charge less, like La Carraia 2 (€1,50). I’ve posted an photo of their cup sizes along with prices.

The citrus peel, crumbed nuts, and tiny bits of fruit have the gelato a rough texture. This is not what you’d expect. The flavors did not pop in your mouth either. They were the basic cream base with very little additional flavor. Only the Ambrosia with its yogurt left a tangy, somewhat sour, aftertaste – and not in a good way either.

If you’re looking for top shelf gelato in Florence we’d suggest trying La Carraia 2 or Neri. I just can’t rate Antica Gelateria Fiorentina as high as those two. They’re really not in the top 5 gelaterias either.

Sorry guys.

  • Visited October 2011
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KaosAD, Proprietario at Antica Gelateria Fiorentina, responded to this review, 10 October 2011
Dear alpha1243 ,

don't be sorry: thanks for expressing your opinions sincerely and thank you for your passion for gelato. I don't know how many ice cream shop working in the city of Florence, but always sincere, we would be happy to be considered among the top ten. The Gelateria dei Neri is great and I think Carraia 2 gives the same delights of Carraia (1). There is the world famous Gelateria Vivoli, the Gelateria Perché no!, the Badiani, the Gelateria De' Medici... In other words, in Florence you can't really say that there is no choice of where to go for gelato :) Unfortunately, or fortunately, the rankings with subjective parameters can differ quite sharply between them (happens always TripAdvisor for the Galleria degli Uffizi). Those who prefer a sweeter gelato, put in first place the ice cream shop that serves ice cream sweeter, those who prefer a sorbet with fruit pieces, put the ice cream shop in the first place that mixes fruit less refined than other...

Also for this reason, in our ice cream shop (as many others) you can taste flavors before deciding to buy or try on another shop. We try to work in the way that we would expect that other workers do not forget that this can't like everyone because we too have our tastes and preferences.

Best regards,
Francesco Sini.


Caro alpha1243,

non devi dispiacerti: grazie per aver espresso sinceramente le tue opinioni e grazie anche per la tua passione per il gelato. Non so nemmeno quante gelaterie operano nella città di Firenze, ma, sempre sinceramente, saremmo felici di essere considerati tra i primi dieci. La gelateria dei Neri è ottima, La Carraia 2 credo offra le stesse prelibatezze della Carraia (1). C'è il famosissimo Vivoli, la gelateria Perché no! la gelateria Badiani, la gelateria De' Medici... Insomma a Firenze non si può proprio dire che non ci sia la possibilità di scegliere dove andare a mangiare il gelato :) Purtroppo o per fortuna, le classifiche stilate con parametri soggettivi possono differire anche in modo piuttosto netto tra loro (succede, semp. Chi preferisce un gelato più dolce, metterà al primo posto la gelateria che serve il gelato più dolce, chi preferisce un sorbetto con pezzi di frutta, metterà al primo posto la gelateria che mixa la frutta in maniera più grossolana e meno raffinata...

Anche per questo motivo, nella nostra come in tante gelaterie è possibile assaggiare i gusti prima di decidere se acquistare il gelato o provare in un'altra gelateria. Cerchiamo di lavorare nel modo in cui ci aspetteremmo che gli altri lavorassero non dimenticandoci mai che questo può non piacere a tutti perché anche noi abbiamo i nostri gusti e le nostre preferenze.

Cordiali saluti,
Francesco Sini.
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“The best it is!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2011

We've been traveling around Italy for a while now and have eaten a lot of gelato, and sure enough, this was the best! There are flavours that you don't find anywhere else, and the very friendly owner wanted us to taste many of them so that we'd get the one we really liked! Try this place in Florence!

Visited September 2011
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Do Not Miss This Gelato”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2011

Quite simply the best we encountered during our travels through Florence (and we tried a lot!). Great service and top quality Gelato!

  • Visited September 2011
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1 Thank MandWS-MN
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“very good”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2011

Walking around Florence we found this Gelateria ,the ice cream was delicious and we were spoilt for choice a must for any ice cream lover.

  • Visited August 2011
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1 Thank susan b
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