Gelateria di Piazza

Written by on April 9, 2012 in I Eat Greece, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(No website found at time of publishing) – Nafplio, Greece

How I heard of this place: On our sunset walk through the small streets of Nafplio, we came upon this gelateria, with various flavors of gelato piled high, into glorious mountains of creativity, flavor, texture and color. Having been too full the night before to indulge ourselves, there was no question that breakfast would consist of three generous scoops.

Type of cuisine: Gelato. Homemade daily by the two, sweet proprieters, presumably a husband-wife team.

Ambiance: Bright and cheery, the orange-bottomed glass displays with moutains of gelato in the most creative and unique flavors I have ever come to find greeted us. Inside, two more such cases were busily being filled by the chef, who brought out the Bitter Chocolate just in time for me to place my order! The minimalism of the space added greater appeal, as it reinforced the true reason for which the masses hoard around Gelateria di Piazza. Limited wooden shelves behind the counter host additional cups for serving and packaged goods available for purchase. Two, simple, small black tables with metal legs inside are set against the stone archway, where two, orange, leather-latticed chairs accompany each of them. Outside, three more similar seating options allow for patrons to look out over the grassy field of the Municipal Square, towards the statue of Otto, Greece’s first King, while watching people walk their miniature dogs and enjoy the sunshiney morning in Nafplio.

What I ordered: Already busy at ten o’clock in the morning, Chris and I placed our orders as soon as we saw the line building. The four people behind us did not phase the sweet lady with glasses and yellow apron behind the counter in her hair net. She continued to give us samples and smile graciously as perused our options. After a handful of samples between the two of us, Chris ordered Caramel Balu, Di Piazza Biscotino (one of the flavors I sampled!) and Crema Italiana (another of my samples). Seeing his three selections stuffed and piled high into the little cup (€4.50), I ordered the same, but with these flavors: Bitter Chocolate, Don Vito (vanilla/white chocolate gelato with hardened chocolate sauce and raspberry puree), and Lila Pause (fresh strawberry gelato with the same hardened chocolate sauce and tiny chocolate balls).

Gelateria

What I loved: My favorites were all perfectly gathered in my small, paper cup. I truly loved the way the strawberry combined with the dark chocolate, the white chocolate marrying perfectly with the raspberry. I also had to sample – several times – the flavors in Chris’s selection, finding the Caramel Balu and Biscotino to be truly remarkable and unique. The dark, Bitter Chocolate, however, continued to shine through.

Why I loved it: The two, sweet people in the back could not have been more pleasant, radiant and loving. The man, creating flavor after flavor and bringing it out for us to enjoy. The woman, smiling sweetly and saying “tank you” each time she offered us anything. She was especially moved at our attempts to thank her in Greek: Efkharisto!

Cost: Average (€3-€5 depending on the size and number of flavors of gelato)

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