White wine with…anchovy gelato?!?

gelato Anchovy gelato and white wine? Wait, someone makes anchovy gelato??

The Times has a story about a handful of “all-natural” gelato shops in Rome that are bucking convention and trying to boost year-round sales. Their strategy? Make savory flavors (such as anchovy, smoked salmon, pepperoni or gorgonzola) and even do wine or beer pairings, particularly to drive sales and interest in the frozen treat during winter months.

The story mentions Claudio Torcè of Il Gelato who estimates only 30 shops in Rome–out of 2,500–use “all-natural” ingredients. The author speaks with Andrea Puddinù, one of Torcè’s students who runs Il Gelato Bistrò. He pairs savory flavors of gelato with Champagne or prosecco as an “alternative to the classic aperitivo.” Marco Radicioni of Otaleg pairs craft beers with them, such as Moinette Belgian blonde with artichoke gelato.

So just in case you thought savory gelato was…impossible…to pair with wine, there are a few brave souls braving the cold to do it. Have you ever attempted the pairing? Would you, could you in a boat, with a goat?

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5 Responses to “White wine with…anchovy gelato?!?”


  1. Wait… what?!?

    I love both gelato and wine, but I’ve never tried to pair them together… and anchovies in gelato? Have mercy!

    I have had lavender gelato that was to die for though. :-)


  2. For the person who has everything.


  3. Tyler – although we’re not a gelato shop, we do make our own in the restaurant, and we regularly pair wine with savory gelatos – jalapeño, garam masala, watercress-leek have all made their appearances recently. Wine pairing isn’t hard, it’s the balance of making sure the gelato doesn’t come across too sweet to be part of a savory dish. In the end, though, what’s the difference from pairing wine with a savory cream sauce that has a touch of sweetness?


  4. I love both wine and gelato :)


  5. That’s some really funky ideas with Gelato.. Not sure how smoked port Gelato would go with a nice Cab Sav.


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