FOOD & WINE

Al­berto Marchetti’s phi­los­o­phy of authen­tic ice cream is based on the use of high-qual­ity in­gre­di­ents sourced from Slow Food Pre­sidia and pro­cessed ac­cord­ing to the strictest reg­u­la­tions. By

Where Turin - - CONTENTS - Sophia Ber­toli

Al­berto Marchetti’s phi­los­o­phy of authen­tic Ital­ian gelato is based on ar­ti­san­ship and au­then­tic­ity, with an al­most ma­ni­a­cal at­ten­tion to raw ma­te­ri­als

For some time now, the name Al­berto Marchetti has been as­so­ci­ated with high-qual­ity gelato. This master ice cream maker re­cently rose to fame af­ter be­ing cho­sen by Star­bucks to com­bine the Ital­ian tra­di­tion of ar­ti­sanal gelato with the taste of quin­tes­sen­tial Amer­i­can cof­fee. But who is Al­berto Marchetti? The son of ice cream mak­ers, he grew up sur­rounded by ‘fiordi­latte’ and hazel­nuts and he made them his pro­fes­sion. His prod­ucts are an ex­am­ple of ar­ti­san­ship, with an al­most ma­ni­a­cal at­ten­tion to raw ma­te­ri­als. Fresh milk and cream, sugar, sea­sonal fruit and nu­mer­ous in­gre­di­ents sourced from Slow Food Pre­sidia, pur­chased from select lo­cal pro­duc­ers. Th­ese are the in­gre­di­ents that make the flavours of Marchetti’s gelato so spe­cial. Scoops to seek out in­clude tra­di­tional pis­ta­chio, hazel­nut or choco­late, Fa­rina Bona, made us­ing only the finest corn­meal pro­duced in the Valle Onser­none (be­tween Ti­cino and Piedmont). At present, Al­berto Marchetti has three ice cream par­lours in Turin, one in Alas­sio and one in Mi­lan. To learn more about the art of this master ice cream maker, head to Casa Marchetti, one of his three out­posts in the Savoy city: an ice cream par­lour with a work­shop and an open-plan ware­house but, above all, a place to meet and ex­change ideas. Vis­i­tors can par­tic­i­pate in cook­ing demos and make pur­chases from the shop ded­i­cated to select pro­duc­ers or from the stand­alone stores of Marchetti’s part­ners, in­clud­ing Al­ta­langa, renowned for its hazel­nut spe­cial­ties, maître choco­latier Guido Gobino and cof­fee roaster San Domenico.

>> Casa Marchetti - Al­berto Marchetti www.al­ber­tomarchetti.it Pi­azza C.L.N., 248. T: 011 544383.

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