November 01, 2004
Time flies. I've moved to Italy for four years. With all the "bad" influences I've had around, my appetite is getting more and more difficult. Pasta has to be cooked "al dente", risotto has to be prepared with carnaroli rice, coffee has to be the "sposa dell' arabica" from my favorite cafe' in Venice, and ice cream has to be the ones that are made with artisan ways.
All these years we've been tasting all the possible ice cream shops wherever we go. After all the tests, "L'Angolo del Gelato" is my No.1 regarding ice creams. Every week, we drive about 20 minutes to get to the shop, just to taste the variety of ice creams that Marine makes. A mixed couple like us is still rare in Vicenza. Friendly and enthusiastic as Marine and her husband Graziano are, we soon become more and more familier with each other, from just acquaintance into close friends.
The most important "property" of the shop is Marine and her hands. Her ice creams are combinations of inspiration in life and creative experiments. She enjoys cooking and watching various gourmet programs, and looks for clues and inspiration from everyday life. Every time when new flavor appears in the shop, it's time for a quiz. Some are obvious and easy to guess, and some are just difficult that you don't have a clue from the name. The only way to know is to taste it so that we can try to understand what she addes inside this time. For this reason, there are many "specialties" in her shop, something that you won't find in other places. Seasonal fruits, liquors, cakes and cookies all become mouth-melting ice cream. It's quite a popular place and people always come here to look for something special.
The funny thing is, Marine is not very found of sweete, neither ice creams. When she was young, she didn't ask for ice creams like other children and even made her mom worry that Marine didn't have enough pocket money to get an ice cream she would like to have. One time, Marine told us the story regarding where the idea of an ice cream shop came from. Six years ago, Marine went to Milan with Graziano to visit a relative who just opened a popular ice cream shop in Milan. Trying not to embarrass her relative, Marine tasted the ice cream in his shop even if she doesn't like it. She tried the classic "panna cotta" and was surprisingly touched by the texture, material and quality of the ice cream. After she came back to Vicenza, she couldn't find anything that could bring her that special sensation, and decided to bring this No.1 ice cream in her mind back to where she lives.
When friends come for a visit, we always take them to Marine's shop to taste our favorite ice cream, and it's always appreciated. When Marine and Graziano got to know that I'd use their shop as the topic of my article for the magazine, they excitingly said that if someone brings a copy of the magazine with the article to the shop, she/he would receive 50% discount no matter how much she/he spends. If you come to Vicenza, bring a copy of the article (on the magazine) to the L'Angolo del Gelato", you'd definitely receive a warm welcome and hug from Marine and Graziano.
L’ANGOLO DEL GELATO
地址：PIAZZETTA SAN MARCO, CREAZZO, VICENZA
This article was originally published in the ARCH magazine (2004 Nov. issue) in Taiwan.