The Organic Traveller
Thursday, 20 June 2019

Venice: Partially organic ice-cream

Right after arrival at Venezia Santa Lucia train station, you may arm yourself for the queueing at the waterbus ticket office with an ice-cream, milk-shake or granita from Gelateria Grom fronting the entrance hall towards Canal Grande. Until recently they promised to use organic milk, some organic fruit, only natural ingredients and of course no additives, and had in general an eco-conscious agenda. However: Following the acquisition by Unilever in 2015 all hints to the former supplier of organic fruit, the Mura Mura farm, have been deleted. In 2019 the promise was reduced to "natural ingredients", and the only thing they promise to use in organic quality is the milk for the milk shakes ("frappe"). Nevertheless -- the ice-cream is still good, and a favourite of the locals, too, as can be seen by the increasing number of often crowded Grom branches in Italian cities.

Grom Santa Lucia

For the ice-cream you have to specify a size -- small, medium or large -- and can choose a suitable number of varieties; up to two varieties for the small size (at a hefty 2.60 EUR), and up to three for medium size (3.20 EUR). For something different (or if you are vegan) try a granita water ice slush (small at 3 EUR, medium at 4 EUR or large at 5 EUR).

Grom has more, in fact older branches in Venice, one of them on Campo San Barnaba square. If departing the waterbus at Ca' Rezzonico stop you can't miss it when following the only way into the open of the square and keep an eye on the left side.

On local websites the owner of Gelateria Alaska, a small whole-in-the-wall shop near Campo Santo was dubbed "king of organic ice-cream in Venice", so I went there to try and ask. While the all-natural ice-cream itself was perfectly palatable he told me that the main ingredients, milk and sugar, were too expensive, but he would occasionally use organic fruit and spices. Unfortunately he couldn't tell me whether any of the flavours on display contained organic ingredients that day.

If you read my post on Rovigo you may be tempted to try Gelato Fantasy in Calle dei Fabbri. DON'T! They are not connected with the Gelateria Fantasy in Rovigo, and they definitely do not use organic ingredients.

Ceased to exist

The following place does no longer exist, though you find still find references on the web:

2019-06-20 12:00:00 [Venice, Venezia, organic, ice-cream] Link

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