Milan gelaterie win top marks in survey

Milan’s Gelateria Soban in third place.

With temperatures already in the upper 30s, milanesi will be happy to learn that seven ice-cream shops in Milan (and another three in nearby Monza) have been listed among Italy’s top 100 by prestigious foodie site in its annual ranking.

Almost at the top of the chart, Soban in the Eataly Smeraldo in Piazza 25 April comes in at third place nationally. Although the Milan branch opened only in 2018, this family concern, now in the hands of the second generation, had already earned its laurels in four other outlets in three cities: Alessandria, Trieste and Valenza. And Andrea Soban had already been voted Italy’s best ice-cream chef in 2017.

At third place nationally (and up nine places since last year), Ciacco Lab in Via Spadari is another concern which has arrived in Milan after perfecting its method and ingredients elsewhere – in this case in food heaven Parma and in Bergamo. Gelataio Stefano Guizzetti is proud of the company’s track-record of successful experiments.

In 18th position, Vittoria Bortolazzo’s Gelato Giusto in Via San Gregorio has long been considered a Milan institution.  After studying the craft in London and Paris, Vittoria came back to found her shop in Milan and offer such surprising flavours as tea and pears, bitter oranges and ricotta, and nuts, honey and ricotta cheese.

Alberto Marchetti in Viale Monte Nero comes in at 32nd place, another family tradition now at the second generation, with experience gathered in their three other shops in Turin and one in Alassio.

Pavè in Via Battisti at 53rd, Adèl in Corso Garibaldi in nearby Legnano at 64th, and Q.B. Gelato in Via Aristide de’ Togni at 97th are the other top-ranked among Milan’s almost 800 gelaterie.