Ranking of the best artisan gelato in the world

While Italians are rocking the hottest summer ever — with temperatures soaring as high as 105 degrees in cities like Rome — there’s good reason to, at least, think of something cool. The Gelato Festival World Ranking has announced the world’s best gelato artisans.

Gelato is one of the most important food products associated with Italy, with its roots going back to Caterina de’ Medici and Cosimo Ruggeri (a famous chemist and astrologer). Sales and consumption have grown rapidly since the 1950s. Not surprisingly, Italians dominate six of the top nine out of 5,000 craftsmen evaluated by experts.

And the winners are…

Marco Venturino I’m Giardini Di Marzo The gelato shop (located in the town of Varazze in the province of Savona, Liguria) was named the Best Gelato Maker of 2022, taking three crowns over its counterpart. Boca de Rosa Gelato. Maestro’s winning frozen dessert is made with milk, white chocolate, and a handcrafted rosewater base. Its unique flavor is inspired by the lesser-known Ligurian specialty, the rich, creamy, aromatic rose syrup that is the centerpiece of slow food.

The second in the world rankings was Adam Vezikas of Team Fazekas Crukraszda Gelato shop in Budapest, Hungary, maker of pistachio fruit gelato. In third place was Giovanna Bonazi of La Barona de Gelato in Verona (Veneto region), who notably holds two more world titles as a professional mountain bike rider.

Newcomer and entrepreneur in the United States, Savannah J. Lee Savannah Gelato In San Francisco, California ranked fourth. Its winning flavor, called “The All-American,” is an homage to American apple pie. Cheese gelato, intertwined with a drizzle of salty candy and a mixture of home-baked cinnamon apples, layered with honey graham crackers, topped with strips of buttery caramel and melted white chocolate.

Eugenio Moroni from Rome Il Canolo Siciliano The Gelato Shop, who was ranked #1 in 2020 and is the World Cup Gelato Champion, was inducted into the festival’s Hall of Fame, moving to a new position as one of the esteemed judges.

Much like the Michelin stars awarded to fine restaurants, this prestigious competition paints gelato artisans with crowns, based on a complex multi-year rating system. So far, 1,098 gelato parlors from 18 countries and five continents have participated in the competition since its inception in 2010.

The Gelato Festival World Ranking is a partnership of Gelato Festival, Carpigiani and Sigep IEG Expos (a B2B offering producer), and the artisans are judged on a number of criteria including technical competence, quality, ingredient range and taste.

When in Bologna…

The announcement of the ranking kicks off the new competition scheduled for 2022-2025. The four-year Gelato Festival is part of a 20-year celebration of Carpigiani Gelato University, which trains successful gelato artisans at its 22 campuses worldwide. There are currently gelato shops in 76 countries around the world, with about 65,00 shops in Europe alone, many of whom are trained in source.

The Carpigiani Company was founded by two brothers, Bruto and Poerio Carlo Carpigiani, who invented and patented the first automated gelato machine. The company, which is now part of the Ali Group, has become the world leader in gelato making machines. In 2003, the University launched Carpigiani Gelato with the aim of spreading the culture of artisan gelato around the world. The university sponsors courses from basic to advanced, from individual courses to long-term curricula, whether on a practical, in-person or online level.

Especially during the summer, visitors to Bologna (in the Emilia-Romagna region) should head straight to the absolutely gorgeous Gelato Museum, the world’s first dedicated to the social and technological history of gelato, for guided tours, tastings, and workshops.

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