Ice Cream (200/365)

by Lee Santiva July. 19, 2019 234 views
Dark chocolate and coconut ice cream

Dark chocolate and coconut ice cream

When my husband came home from work today we went over to see Mario. Usually we visit him after dinner but I wanted to take photos before it started to rain to post them for today's blog.

There's no name for this ice cream place, because everyone in the village just knows Mario.

He makes the best ice cream, not only does it taste delicious what's even better is that I don't have any stomach reactions when I eat it, unlike with commercial ice cream.

This is Mario, the local ice cream man. He's an Italian retired metalworker who turned 70 last year.

This is Mario, the local ice cream man. He's an Italian retired metalworker who turned 70 last year.

Mario lives about 4 blocks away from us in a residential neighborhood consisting of apartment buildings and single family houses. Mario has been making and selling ice cream from his house since 1970.

The local ice cream place without a name

The local ice cream place without a name

Behind the screen door there's a small "kitchen" where Mario makes the ice cream in big machines. The various bins containing the ice cream are inside as well, however, nobody goes inside, you order from the window.

Handmade ice cream and hand-made signs

Handmade ice cream and hand-made signs

One scoop of ice cream is one Euro. This sign describes various sundaes which have multiple scoops, toppings and whipping cream for five Euros. My husband had "spaghetti ice cream" which is vanilla ice cream run though a special device which makes it to look like "noodles" which is then covered with strawberry sauce and coconut sprinkles. He started eating it before I had a chance to capture it.

I love everything about Mario's: the fact that he really enjoys making and selling ice cream (and it is delicious ice cream) as well as the typical Italian low-key atmosphere. When you sit at one of the tables, you feel like you're at somebody's house not at a "shop" - and that feeling just doesn't exist anywhere else that I know of.

Mario - the best ice cream since 1970

Mario - the best ice cream since 1970

One of his customers gave him the cap, which he wears proudly.

Flirty ice cream napkins

Flirty ice cream napkins

Join the conversation
7
There are 7 comments , add yours!
Bethany Plonski 1 year, 4 months ago

Such a great post! I didn't even know places like this exist. Glad it's something you can enjoy too!

1 year, 4 months ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 4 months ago

Thanks Bethany! I enjoyed sharing this story. Somehow I cannot believe I’ve written 200 blogposts already this year and I still have something interesting for others to tell smile

1 year, 4 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 1 year, 4 months ago

I love it! One man/woman operations have always appealed to me!
Love the fact that the the cap, a gift from a loyal customer, is worn so proudly by Mario!
It shows the genuine appreciation he has, for his loyal customers......

1 year, 4 months ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 4 months ago

He really is something special and I was glad to be able to share it with such an appreciative audience like you Jay!

1 year, 4 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Lee Santiva 1 year, 4 months ago

Thank You, Sis!
Give him my best regards, from Port Angeles (Port of angels), Washington, USA
Happy Friday!!!
Cheers!

1 year, 4 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab 1 year, 4 months ago

Loved this post Lee. So warm and such a nice tribute. Made me want to sit there with you. smile

1 year, 4 months ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 4 months ago

Thank you! And if you ever come to visit Germany, we’ll go there together smile

1 year, 4 months ago Edited
Up
Copyright @Photoblog.com