Ice cream in Palermo is a bit hit and miss. Generally, the nicer the location, the crappier the gelato. Fortunately there are plenty of good ice cream shops, you just have to look a little harder. So nip down a side street or round the back of a monument if you want your gelato to be properly tasty.
Ice cream near the train station
If you arrive in Palermo by train, the first thing you should do is stop by Ciccio’s (Corso dei Mille). This place kicks ass at all types of ice cream.
All the usual suspects are here plus an extensive selection of chocolate-based gelato (Nutella, Snickers and the like) and Sicilian desserts as ice cream. And the sorbets are bloody lovely too.
Da Carla on the other side of the street is also top notch.
Something a bit different
Cremolose (Piazza Alberto Gentili near Gardino Inglese) serves very soft, icy ice cream. It’s part ice cream, part semi freddo, part granita.
The coffee flavour is a bit like a really stiff iced coffee. A perfect afternoon caffeine injection.
Off piste delights
A bit further out of town is the slick and trendy Bar Alba (Piazza don Bosco). It sells sandwiches, coffees and cakes but the ice creams make it worth the walk.
Unlike some of the mass produced stuff the gelato at Bar Alba isn’t packed full of sugar which lets the flavours stand out. The yoghurt with fruits of the forest and the very nutty pistachio are both winners.
There are a couple of other branches around Palermo including one in Mondello (near the roundabout at the Monte Pellegrino end of the beach).
Have I missed any? Let me know.