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I was in Italy in January, visiting the Stefanis (the family in my book Beyond the Pasta), which means I was eating gelato as often as I could!

Here is some video I shot of my favorite gelateria in Rome – Gelateria del Teatro. In this video, you’ll see some of my favorite gelato flavors that “del Teatro” creates: lavender & peach, garden sage & raspberry, fennel & caramel & almond. They are always creating new flavors and the pride themselves on making the gelato on site – this really makes their gelato fresh and unique.

If you enjoy gelato as much as I do, I have Nonna’s “Mascarpone Gelato with Chocolate Chips” recipe included on the Beyond the Pasta APP, which is available for the iPhone and iPad on iTunes. It’s rich with the flavors of mascarpone and dark chocolate shavings.

Buon Appetito~


About the Author

Mark LeslieMark Leslie, seen cooking on NBC’s "The Today Show" and Hallmark Channel's "Home & Family," loves to cook for anyone with an appetite, vacations in Italy every year, and lives to eat his way through every plate of pasta and cone of gelato placed before him. His first book, “Beyond the Pasta: Recipes, Language & Life with an Italian Family,” tells of his life in Italy while cooking with an Italian grandmother. He shares his food experiences on his blog at www.beyondthepasta.com and has taught cooking classes in California, Georgia, Minnesota, Texas, and across Alabama. While judging for high school culinary events, he was chosen by the US Department of Education to judge for their "National Education Startup Challenge." Mark can be regularly seen cooking on NBC-affiliate, WSFA-TV 12's "Alabama Live! each Friday, bringing easy, locally sourced recipes to central Alabama. His iTunes app “Beyond the Pasta” features helpful videos and more of Nonna’s family-style recipes that she shared with him, plus, upon its release, it was named “New & Noteworthy” by Apple. DaVinci Wines chose Mark as their "2012 Storyteller" in Language Arts—where they sent him to Vinci, Italy, to write about wine, food and life. Mark, his home and book have been featured in such national publications and blogs as House Beautiful, Paula Deen, Food Republic, The Kitchn, Apartment Therapy, Field & Stream, and The Daily Meal. A Chicago-area native and “Yankee” by birth, Mark has lived in Alabama for over 24 years, and celebrates the fact that he started life eating farina, progressed to grits, and finally arrived at polenta. Buonissimo!View all posts by Mark Leslie →

  1. I was using your book ‘Beyond the Pasta’ as my inspiration for our Novel Food blog event this summer. Then I visited your little blog.
    OMG y’all~
    I can’t believe we love the exact same gelateria in Rome. This is a block from ‘my’ hotel. I can remember once, going 3 times in one day… and falling in love with the salvia gelato.
    We must have been separated at birth~ or something like that. You, of course, are the talented one. 🙂
    Life is funny. And Le Dolce Vita.

    • Mark LeslieMark Leslie07-10-2011

      I have always wanted to travel to the Whistlestop Cafe and now I have the perfect reason to come AND “hug your neck” – as the expression goes. In January the Peach/Lavender combo was a knock out and every time I am in Rome I stop by Gelateria del Teatro. Crazy that you love it so much, too! Did you know that the Auburn University School of Architecture holds their “Rome Semester” in a building about 3 doorways down from del Teatro? Who knew that Alabama swarms that part of the neighborhood a Roma?! Life is funny and “La Dolce Vita” is stupefacente ~ Amazing! Ciao e a presto~

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