How do you look at a friendly log of chocolate and not pick it up? I bought this "chocolate salami" on a whim, but now I can't stop eating it. It's a confection common in both Portugal and Italy (I bought this guy in Lisbon on the way back from Italy, actually). The "salame" gimmick is obvious, but I think it's quite cute: a long, dark cylinder is flecked with lighter bits, cookie crumbles that mimic the fat of salami.
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Gelato in Italy is a no-brainer, right? Get off the plane, drop your bags, and head out searching for that first cone. But like all else in Italy's tourist triad (Rome/Florence/Venice) sorting out the best from the tourist-aimed drudge takes some planning.
Italy's known for its food, of course—pizza, pasta, prosciutto; ciabatta, cannoli, cappellini; you get the idea. But what about candy? No matter what country we end up in, we can't resist browsing the candy aisle at the local grocery stores. So I hit up a Milan supermarket and, besides the expected Kinder Bueno, came away with pocket coffee, instant gelato, a Nutella-breadstick-tea hybrid, and an awful lot more.
I set out for the Piazza Cavour in an upscale neighborhood south of the town center. And there waited the Cremeria Funivia--which, within ten minutes, would become my favorite gelateria in Italy.