The Best Ice-cream in Paris (and Grasse)
I always have your best interests at heart. I hope you know that.
Now I respect David’s opinion. He’s a resident Paris-o-phile and ice-cream-o-phile (and yes those are, too, real words; I am an AUTHOR, I know about these things). AND he’s the author of The Perfect Scoop, which, if you should be tempted to buy, heed my advice: go ahead and pick up an ice-cream maker and lots of cream on your way home. Otherwise, as soon as you crack the book to the recipes, you will be making another trip out for the ingredients.
BUT I could not fail to notice that MY favorite glacier (whom you may remember from BLAME IT ON PARIS) was NOT ON HIS LIST.
Now I have never been to Italy, so…better ice cream may exist.
But in Paris, I am convinced that There Can Be Only One.
I felt obliged to do a comparison testing, just in case…
I did this testing for you. What if you were in Paris and only got second-best?
I even kept tasting in Provence. Just in case.
I am punctilious that way.
But no worries:
I AM RIGHT.
I hate it when someone induces a doubt in this conviction that I AM RIGHT. Especially when the doubt is about the best ice cream. I had to go around tasting ice cream EVERYWHERE. It was so hard.
But I love it when the doubt is vanquished. Slimy, wormy doubt: begone! Vanquished by a flower…
Here is my recommendation for the best glacier in Paris:
Gelati d’Alberto. 45, rue Mouffetard 75005.
You can’t miss it! Just follow the flowers of ice cream and the happy faces back toward their source. Plus, the storefront is bright purple. (Sorry, no picture; it is currently under scaffolding.)
Now how to convince David of my glacier’s rightful place on his list? I feel the only way is for YOU to go to Paris and taste my ice cream AND all the ice cream on his list and then write to us both saying, “Having dutifully eaten 11 or more ice cream cones in the past three days, I can now declare that Laura Florand is RIGHT. Gelati d’Alberto is NUMERO UN.”
It’s not a job for sissies, but I feel you are up to it.
And if you are in Grasse, my recommendation is a brand new glacier that I loved:
Angel’Ice. 6 rue Ossola, Grasse 06130. Of the violet flavors, but of plenty of other yummy flavors, too.
Don’t you love the vanilla beans draped across the vanilla ice cream? Now that is how to do a display case! Art out of ice cream.