The Organic Traveller
Saturday, 03 July 2021

Verona: Organic ice-cream

My stay in Verona in the covid-19 summer of 2021 was short: The idea was to fill the time between two trains with a refreshment in form of an organic ice-cream in the old town. Unfortunately the plan didn't work out: 2 pm on a Tuesday afternoon turned out to be the wrong time.

Come una volta

My first stop was a fully organic ice-cream shop which must have been established somewhen between my first visit to Verona a few years ago and now. Unimaginably dubbed Come una volta ("Just like once upon a time") as many other organic shops in Italy it's situated on a street corner in the old town but unfortunately it is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

L'Arte del Gelato

Hence I proceeded to known territory: The partially organic ice-cream parlour L'Arte del Gelato has been serving artisanal ice-cream since 2002 using organic sugar, chocolate, mint extract and fruit. The milk is produced by South-Tyrolean farms but not certified organic. I was really looking forward to taste their ice-cream again as it had been a lip-smacking creamy experience a few years ago, but unfortunately I met barred doors also here, with a display of tempting ice-cream cakes behind -- but closed on Tuesdays, too.

On the aforementioned day-trip to Verona I also tried to find Gelateria Natù in the neighbourhood of Santa Croce, with little success which again had to do with a train to catch too soon. However, since their website is kept up to date there's sufficient evidence that the place is alive and serving natural artisanal ice-cream made from organic milk and nuts. Apart from the milk-based varieties there are also some vegan fruit flavours and a number of lactose and glutine free nut and chocolate flavours made with rice drink. Besides they use agave syrup instead of sugar. You may also come here for a coffee, pastry or aperitif but I cannot say whether you have organic options here. Note that this place obeys the typical Italian closing time around noon.

2021-07-03 13:45:00 [Verona, organic, biologico, vegan, ice-cream, cafe] Link

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Thursday, 01 July 2021

Verona: Zero Waste

So far I haven't found dedicated organic zero-waste shops which sell most of the food items from self-service dispensers in the Veneto yet. Italians are very fond of nice packaging, and even in dedicated organic supermarkets the cashier will helpfully offer you a (bio-degradable) bag. But the times are changing, and declining it will no longer be met with unbelief.

NaturaSi San Zeno

In fact all NaturaSi supermarkets I visited in June 2021 (namely the ones in Selvazzano Dentro, Abano Terme and the one in Verona's neighbourhood of San Zeno a little North-West of the Porta Nueva train station) not only offer most fruits and vegetables without packing, but also a small selection of dry food from gravity bins which you weigh into your own (pre-weighted) boxes and jars. In addition the San Zeno shop offers loose-weight household detergents to be bought by the gram.

Detergents refill station at NaturaSi San Zeno

As of NaturaSi's information the same should also apply to the branches in the neighbourhood of Veronetta and in the suburb of San Massimo (which also sports an organic day cafe).

2021-07-01 14:00:00 [Verona, organic, biologico, grocery, supermarkets, cafe, snacks, vegan, vegetarian, zero_waste, household, bodycare] Link

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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Italy: Verona

2015-08-12 13:30:01 [The_Conscious_Traveller, biologico, Verona, Veneto] Link

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