Portofino, a World apart
September 2023

Portofino’s Paciugo Ice Cream


Cher enjoy a Ice Cream in Portofino – 2016

Imagine… a scoopful of dreamy gelato, the juiciest fruits, and cherries glazed to perfection – straight outta Portofino. Paciugo, which translates to “delicious chaos” in Italian, is a gelato marvel as iconic as the lavish yachts that grace Portofino’s waters. You might raise an eyebrow thinking, “How’s this Italian?” – well, it’s as authentic as Ligurian focaccia!

Born in the 1940s at Caffeฬ€ Excelsior, a timeless hub since 1924, it has lured both the A-listers and those on a sweet-tooth pilgrimage.

Feeling the vibe? ๐ŸŽถ Try recreating this Italian delight:

๐Ÿง The Paciugo Genovese: Gelato Symphony in 15 Minutes** ๐ŸŽป

๐Ÿ“ย  For The Quartet (4 servings):
– ๐Ÿ“ 8 oz./250 g. strawberry gelato
– ๐Ÿฆ 8 oz./250 g. cream or fiordilatte gelato (or the old-school vanilla if you’re in a pinch)
– ๐Ÿซ 8 oz./250 g chocolate gelato
– ๐Ÿฅ› ยฝ cup/120 g fresh cream
– ๐Ÿ’ 30-32 glazed Amarena cherries & blueberries
– ๐Ÿ“ strawberries
– ๐Ÿ‘ peaches
– ๐Ÿช 4 soft amaretti biscuits

Crafting the Masterpiece ๐ŸŽจ:
1. Layered Love: Into 4 grand glasses, cascade 2-3 scoops of gelato, letting the flavors of strawberry, cream, and chocolate dance.
2. Fruit Fantasy: Crown the gelato with two generous dollops of diced blueberries, followed by 2-3 Amarena cherries and a splash of their syrup. Sprinkle the glasses with amaretti biscuit magic.
3. Encore! Double down with another dose of gelato, diced fruits, cherries, and that syrupy goodness.
4. Cream Cloud: Whip that fresh cream and with a pastry bag’s finesse, adorn each glass with luscious cream swirls and some cherry bling.

๐Ÿ”„ Customize it! Mix up the fruits based on your groove or the season’s rhythm. Add a wafer or cookie for the grand finale!

Dive in and savor the Portofino magic! ๐Ÿจโœจ๐Ÿšค