Teetering on top of a steep cliff, the way a scoop of ice cream settles into a cone, is the dazzling waterfront town of Pizzo in the Calabria region of Italy. This enchanted location isn’t the only thing that brings visitors close to the toe of the boot shaped country.
"Pizzo is a seaside resort full of tourists and you know when it's hot you need to eat something cold," said Francesco Di Iorgi, Bar Ercole Gelateria.
Gelato as they call it, was brought to Pizzo from further south, creating a foodie frenzy by pouring wine and coffee over snow.
"The Sicilians brought ice cream to Pizzo, then in Pizzo, we made it better and now we are bringing ice cream to Sicily," said Gigi Corallini, Gelateria Corallini.
Tartufo is one of frozen concoctions Pizzo is famous for, first served as a treat for a visiting prince. Tartufo probably doesn’t have the health benefits of another Pizzo favorite, Almond milk granita, with oily almonds from Siclily. Ground not just once, but five times to create a soft flour lovingly handsculpted under a careful pour of water, so as not to dilute the elixir.
“The almond oil is the medicine that refreshes and detoxifies you," said Toto Raffaele, Bar Raffaele.
Among the many flavors of traditional gelato at Gelateria Corallini, is Tramanto to honor the setting sun. Here you can also have your ice cream the way this town serves its pasta.