The Facts

History of Gelato:

The history of gelato dates back to frozen desserts in Sicily, ancient Rome and Egypt made from snow and ice brought down from mountaintops and preserved below ground. Later, in 1686 the Sicilian fisherman Francesco Procopio dei Coltelli perfected the first ice cream machine. However, the popularity of gelato among larger shares of the population only increased in the 1920s–1930s in the northern Italian city of Varese, where the first gelato cart was developed. Italy is the only country where the market share of handmade gelato versus industrial one is over 55%. Today, more than 5,000 modern Italian gelato parlors employ over 15,000 people, mostly Italians.

What is Gelato:

The  word Gelato is usually translated in to English as ice cream. However gelato and ice cream are two different products. Below is the summary of the differences between gelato and ice cream:

Gelato Ice Cream
Lower fat content Higher fat content
Lower over run (Less air) Higher over run (more air)
Use natural ingredients Use industrial ingredients
Produce fresh daily Long term storage