What is Gelato?
Gelato is an age-old delicacy that dates back thousands of years with the very first frozen dessert made from snow and ice brought down from mountain tops and preserved below ground in ancient Egypt. Italy joined the culture of serving frozen desserts when the Romans began the ritual of covering ice from the volcanoes Etna and Vesuvius with honey and enjoying them as a sweet treat. It was during the Italian Renaissance when the great tradition of Italian Gelato began. The famed Medici family in Florence sponsored a contest, searching for the greatest frozen dessert. A man named Ruggeri, a chicken farmer and cook in his spare time, took part in the competition. Ruggeri’s tasty frozen dessert of sweet fruit juice and ice (similar to today’s Sorbet) won the coveted award, which immediately put Ruggeri in the spotlight. The news of Ruggeri’s talent traveled quickly and Caterina de Medici took Ruggeri with her to France. Caterina was convinced that only he could rival the fine desserts of French chefs – and had to make his specialty at her wedding to the future King of France.
In the late 1500s, the Medici family commissioned famous artist and architect Bernardo Buontalenti to prepare a beautiful feast for the visiting King of Spain. Using his culinary skills to present an elaborate and visually pleasing display, Buontalenti presented the King of Spain with a creamy frozen dessert that we now call Gelato. Buontalenti is considered the inventor of Gelato. Later, in 1686, the Sicilian fisherman Francesco Procopio dei Coltelli perfected the first ice cream machine but the popularity of Gelato among larger shares of the population only increased in the 1920s to 1930s in the northern Italian city of Varese, where the first Gelato cart was developed.
Gelato is the Italian word for ice cream, derived from the Latin word "gelātus" (meaning frozen). It is generally lower in calories, fat and sugar than ice cream and is made with very little air. Our Gelato Divino is freshly produced every day at our production facility in Dubai following traditional Italian recipes. We use only fresh milk and no condensed or powdered milk or cream. There is a minimal amount of air that is incorporated naturally due to the slow churning process giving our Gelato a denser and creamier taste. All our ingredients are imported from Italy. Our high quality artisan Gelato can only be kept fresh for a few days because of the substantial reduction of stabilizers and emulsifiers. Our Sorbets are all about fruit without any milk; they are made only with sugar, fresh fruit and fresh juices. Other manufacturers add air to ice cream to double the quantity of their product and they also add fat and sugar to keep their product fresh for a longer period of time. Gelato Divino is a premium quality ice cream made the Italian way, complete with fresh ingredients. Our 120 flavours are presented artistically at all our outlets and our signature Gelato recipe is truly unique in creating the best fresh heavenly delights in town. The health benefits of Gelato in comparison to traditional ice cream are many and our Gelato Divino specifically has got the following health benefits:
Our Sorbets are all about fruit without any milk; they are made only with sugar, fresh fruit and fresh juices. Other manufacturers add air to ice cream to double the quantity of their product and they also add fat and sugar to keep their product fresh for a longer period of time.
Apart from enjoying our Gelato Divino at our outlets by the scoop in cups or delicious homemade cones (which are also produced fresh by us at our production facility in Dubai!), you can also take our heavenly delights home with you in our custom made take away containers in which we can combine up to 6 different flavours in one container.
We have also created several other tantalizing desserts with our Gelato such as our stecco Gelato (Gelato on a stick covered in chocolate), Gelato cakes (the perfect dessert for any occasion) and Gelato sandwiches (tempting Gelato smothered between two homemade cookies).
Visit your nearest Gelato Divino or Caffe Divino outlet today to be inspired by our Gelato creations!