The Zeroll's ingenious handle contains a
self-defrosting solution that's activated by the
warmth of your hand, which in turn softens
frozen desserts while you scoop.  The tool's
unique shape also rolls ice cream or gelato
into neat balls and releases it cleanly.  The
scoop has no breakable parts, no lever to
press, no rinsing in hot water between
servings.  You can also use the scoop for
portioning out cookie dough or stiff batters.
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Frozen desserts like gelato and granita are very popular in Italy.  In Sicily they are eaten in the morning and throughout the day.  The ice
cream may be tucked into a brioche, sweet roll, and eaten like a sandwich.  In Rome, frozen coffee granita repalces hot coffee in the
summer.  In the early evening, Italians like to go for a passaggiata, a walk, and stop at a cafe for an ice cream cone.

Italian Frozen Dessert Recipes

Cassata Ice Cream Cake
Cassata Ice Cream Cake
Cassata is a traditional Sicilian dessert.  It is made with an Italian sponge cake and the same ricotta filling that is used in cannoli; that is why cassata is sometimes referred to as cannoli cake.  This cassata cake is an ice cream cake with the same flavors of chocolate, pistachios, and orange mixed into the ice cream-ricotta filling.
Gelato is an Italian ice cream dessert made from milk
and sugar, combined with flavorings. Gelato comes from
the Italian word gelare, meaning "to freeze."    Because
there is less fat, less cream, and usually fewer eggs in
gelato, it has a lightness and freshness of flavor.

Gelato Recipes  >>
Watermlon Granita with Vodka
Refreshing in flavor and easy to make, granita
(pronounced grah-NEE-tah) is popular throughout Italy. 
These ices are a mixture of water, sugar and a flavoring.
They are grainy in texture and are frozen in a pan in the

Granita Recipes  >>
White Chocolate and Raspberry Semifreddo
Semifreddo means "half cold" in Italian.
Semifreddo has air incorporated into it by means
of whipped eggs, meringue, or whipped cream.  It
has the texture of a mousse that is frozen.

Semifreddo Recipes  >>
Mango Sorbet
Sorbet (Sorbetto)
Sorbets, or Italian ices, are frozen desserts usually
made with fresh fruit, water, and just enough sugar
to enhance their natural sweetness and keep them
smooth once churned in an ice cream maker and

Sorbet Recipes  >>
Spumone is a molded Italian ice cream dessert
usually containing chopped fruits and nuts.  
It has a lighter texture than plain ice cream
because whipped cream is mixed into one of the

Spumone Recipe  >>
Tartufo is Italian for truffle.   Typically, in Italy, a
tartufo is a vanilla ice cream ball that has a cherry
and some nuts in the center. The ball is then
dipped in chocolate and can be covered with nuts
or chocolate shavings.

Tartufo Recipe  >>
Tortoni is an Italian frozen cream dessert usually flavored with a liqueur and topped with almonds and maraschino cherries.  The difference between ice cream and tortoni  is in the way they are made.  

Tortoni Recipe  >>
Affogato is a dessert drink that generally consists of  gelato (Italian ice cream) that is topped with hot espresso or a liqueur.  We have provided you with a few affogato variations.

Affogato Recipes  >>
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Make gelato, ice
cream, frozen yogurt,
sorbet, or frozen
drinks in about 20
minutes; salt and ice
are not needed.
Homemade Limoncello
Candied Orange Peel
Strawberry Spuma
The word "spuma"  means foam or froth.These frozen desserts are a type of frothy sorbet.  In this recipe the beaten egg whites combined with a strawberry puree create a type of frozen meringue that is so light it seems like you are eating a delicate fruit-flavored foam. means foam or froth. 

Strawberry Spuma  >>
Some useful food words or terms that you may find in
Italian recipes, while dining at an Italian restaurant, or traveling in Italy.

1-1/2 cups peach sorbet

1-1/2 cups frozen sliced
peaches, partally thawed

1-1/2 tablespoons fresh
lemon juice

1 (750 ml) bottle Prosecco,


Using a blender, puree the
sorbet, peaches and lemon
juice.  Divide the mixture
among 6 glasses.  Pour 1/2
cup of Prosecco into each
glass and stir gently. 

Makes 6 drinks