My First Italian Gelato with Nut Allergies

Last night we decided to have a girls night in. My friends wanted to get gelato down the street before watching a movie, so we walked down to our neighborhood gelatoria. It was the first warm night since the fall. As we walked in, I observed the gelato behind the glass cases. I noticed that all the chocolate and nut flavors were on one side of the case, and all the fruit flavors were separated on the opposite side.

Since moving to Italy, every day I seem to have some new experience where I learn something and continue to get more comfortable living here. Earlier that day, I used my broken Italian to communicate with people at one of the rowing clubs about possibly joining the club. I was a rower all through college on a Division 1 team and nothing beats being out on the water. I also conquered more fears by reading signs to take unknown buses home. After all of that I was happily aware of the fact that I was finally comfortable here. I don’t feel like a tourist, but someone who actually lives here.

With already having achieved so much in one day, I figured why not try one more! I had told myself that I would try the fruit flavored gelato when I was finally comfortable here so last night was the night.

I showed the woman behind the counter my Chef card and with help from my friends we explained that she needed to clean the gelato scoop, then scoop my lemon flavored gelato from the bottom of the container. She somehow understood us and was very nice about it!!!

The best part to me was not only finally trying gelato for the first time ever, but also how happy my friends were for me (especially Abby, my roommate), that I finally was able to try gelato! There have been endless times where I have watched them all eat it, but now I was finally having some, too!!!! Wooohooo!

Big Smile! :)




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