No trip to Italy would ever be complete without a cup of something cooling and icy on a hot day.
The good thing is that even the smallest villages usually have a gelateria to get your ice cream fix. The bad news is that it can be a little hit and miss to find one which sells gluten free ice cream. When I know I’m going to a specific town or city, I check the excellent website of the Italian Coeliac Society in advance which helpfully for ice cream lovers like me provides a search facility for gluten free gelateria.
Although I most enjoy trying ice cream in small, independent producers like this one in Bologna, sometimes in a busy city with a big queue of tourists lining up behind you who are all desperate to get their ice cream fix, it can be a little intimidating to question the servers about gluten (and nut) free status of their ice cream. That’s what makes the Grom chain a good option.
Their website states:
GROM collaborates with the Italian Coeliac Association (AIC) to serve our Coeliac customers in the best possible way. AIC has rated our gelato as “gluten free” and suitable for consumption by coeliac customers.
AIC has also trained our staff in the rules of proper gelato scooping to prevent contamination gluten. All Grom stores joined this project and are constantly followed and monitored by the technical staff of the AIC. You will recognise the dedicated AIC sticker in our window.
All Grom gelato products are suitable for Coeliac customers except those marked with the (wheat) symbol.
Grom has a clear allergy list on their website showing which of their gelato, sorbet and granita contain gluten, milk, eggs, nuts and soy. These are also displayed on a wall inside the Grom store.
The Grom stores carry a huge range of different flavours in their delicious gelato. It’s a shame Grom don’t offer a gluten free cone which some Italian gelateria do, so I take my gelato in a paper cup. However, I’ll let them off on this since it’s great to be able to find a reliable gluten free gelato on a hot day!
Grom stores can be found all over Italy (check the list here) and they also have a handful of stores overseas.