The Cheapest, Great Gelato with the Longest Line in Italy

November 11th, 2008 · Tags: Blog Event · Food · Gelato · Italy · Puglia · Tour del Gelato

I’m adding another stop on the Tour del Gelato! If you haven’t checked out some of gelaterias, there are over 40 from all over the world! If you’d like to participate on the Tour del Gelato, just check the directions on the Tour del Gelato blogroll page.

Some housekeeping:

One of the highlights of spending so much time in Puglia, and in Manfredonia to be more specific is my close proximity to one of my favorite gelaterias, Gelateria da Tommasino!

It’s an institution in Manfredonia, and while it doesn’t have a flashy patio for seating or even an indoors for when it’s raining, it’s always packed. Take this picture for example, taken this summer in August.

An eternal line outside Gelateria da Tommasino in Puglia, Italy

Not impressed? What if I told you it had been taken at 2am? Or that at midnight on a weekend, I found myself with the number 14 – a mere 42 people between me and my beloved gelato. I think the only time I’ve seen lines longer are at the Questura (police station) managing work visas.

Needless to say, I took a few turns around the park and came back to find my number was approaching.

Waiting in Line at Gelateria da Tommasino, in Puglia, Italy

So, how’s the gelato?

I’d have to say it’s in my Top 5 Gelaterias in Italy, and the prices mean that it will always have a place in my top rankings, and in my stomach.

Oh, did I not mention the prices? It is by far the cheapest (good!!) gelateria I’ve found in Italy, with cups and cones starting at just 1 euro! And these aren’t kiddie servings. The cone below was the next size up at 1.50euro. You can use the wafer as a benchmark for the size – I’ve never even ordered the 2 euro size.

Pistachio and Cream Gelato and Whipped Cream from Gelateria da Tommasino in Puglia, Italy

If you can’t come to Manfredonia, don’t worry. Tommasino has their gelato, and more specifically their Ice Cream Cassata in many of the restaurants up and down the Pugliese coast.

If you do come to Manfredonia, a caveat: this gelateria is most definitely not open all day, so plan your stop accordingly. It usually opens in late afternoon or even the evening around 6/7pm, and is open until late night (2am or so).

Gelati Da Tommasino S.R.L.
Piazza del Castello

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  • 1
    michelle of bleeding espresso // Nov 11, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    Yum! And cheap too? Even better!

    I have to add, though, that only in Italy would a number 14 mean there are 42 people before you ;)

  • 2
    anne // Nov 11, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    I hope that the Gelaterias are still open…going to Italy tomorrow :-) for 10 days.

  • 3
    Ms. Adventures in Italy // Nov 11, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    @michelle, you’re right – I’ll have to clarify that they start over at 0 ;)

    @anne – they will definitely be open!! I hope you enjoy all the gelato :)

  • 4
    Joan Nova // Nov 11, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    mamma mia…it looks worth the wait. Gelato is so much better than ice cream.

  • 5
    Fit Bottomed Girls // Nov 11, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    That looks insanely good. And worth the wait!

  • 6
    janie // Nov 12, 2008 at 12:28 am

    I want to be there-no matter how long the wait!

  • 7
    Cherrye at My Bella Vita // Nov 12, 2008 at 9:41 am

    Yum. Next time I get to Puglia this will be on my list. Grazie.

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