General vocabulary: Gelateria: ice cream parlour Gelato: ice cream Granita: slush (usually with syrups on top) Gusto: (plural: gusti) flavor Cono: cone Coppetta: paper cup Cucchiaino: tiny spoon Scontrino: receipt
Types of ice cream: Creme: creamy icecream Alla frutta: fruity flavored
Most popular flavors: Stracciatella: vanilla and chocolate chips Bacio: (literally: kiss) hazelnut and chocolate cream from this very famous Italian chocolate Zuppa Inglese: (literally: English soup) a dessert based icecream on sponge cake. Recipes vary but the main ingredients are milk, cream, egg yolks, sugar, a dash of Alchermes and bits of sponge cake. Crema: Italian crema is a pale yellow colour and more like custard than cream. This is the frozen version Nocciola: hazelnut Caffè: coffee Menta: mint Cioccolato: chocolate. Sometimes this comes in two versions,
milk chocolate (cioccolato/cioccolato al latte) and extra dark chocolate
(cioccolato fondente) Nutella: the very famous Italian hazelnut cream Tiramisù: simply tiramisù flavour Pistacchio: just pistachios and it is usally green Fragola: strawberries Limone: lemon.
How to order an ice cream: In Italy you can order an ice cream in a cone or a cup, which come in different sizes and prices. You can order it by number of flavors you want on your cone/cup or by the price:
“Un/una cono/coppetta da un gusto / due/tre gusti, per favore”: A cone / cup with one flavor, two/three flavors, please. “Un/una cono/coppetta da 2, 3 euro, per favore”: A cone / cup that is worth 2, 3 euros, please. (we don’t have a plural for euros) “Un/una cono/coppetta piccolo/medio/grande, per favore”: A small/medium/big cone/cup, please.
After ordering the server will ask you if you’d also like whipped cream (panna) and ice cream wafers on your cone (cialda), just saying: “Vuole anche la panna?”: Would you like some whipped cream too? “Cialde?”: “Ice cream wafers?”
In some ice cream parlours (gelaterie) you have to pay for the ice cream first and then you can order, so you need to show the receipt (scontrino) when you order your flavors, but in others you can order and then pay after you get your ice cream. It is important to keep the receipt in the first case and to show it to the server because otherwise you won’t be able to order your ice cream. Do not be afraid to speak up and hold your receipt very high so the servers can see you because other people might skip ahead of you if you don’t.
In most ice cream parlours you can also order slushes (granite) and french style crêpes, or frozen yogurt.
Other common phrases: “Dimmi”: (literally: tell me) It is used by servers to indicate they’re ready to take your order. “Prego”: (literally: please) It is used by servers to indicate they’re ready to take your order. “Da quanti gusti?”: “how many flavors would you like?
“Posso ordinare?”: “could I order now?” “Vorrei…”: “I would like…” “…Con panna”: “…with whipped cream” “…Senza panna”:
“…without whipped cream” “…Con cialda”: “
“…with ice cream wafer” “…Senza cialda”: “
…without ice cream wafer” “Cosa sta bene con…”: “what tastes good with this (flavor)?”
with dried fruts and nuts – lody bakaliowe – lody o smaku bakaliowym / bakalii – bakalie (pl.)
zabaglione – lody zabajone – lody o smaku zabajone – zabajone n
NOTES: * We’ve got two versions of soft ice cream:
lody włoskie (Italian ice cream)
lody amerykańskie (American ice cream) / świderki
** There is also another thing you should be aware of… Please, do not say zrobić (pf.) / robić (impf.) loda (literal translation: to make an ice cream) - it means to give a blowjob. And lodziara f is a woman who gives a lot of blowjobs. If you ask sb Zrobisz mi loda? (Will you make me an ice cream?), this person may think about sth NSFW.
Italian ice cream really is the best. The man in the Armchair Kitchen remembers family holidays in Glasgow where they went for cones and wafers to the Queen’s Cafe - proprietor Mr. Jaconelli. Presumably the Scots couldn’t get their minds round the pronunciation of Giaconelli. In those days there was no choice - there was only one flavour: vanilla. Maybe it’s those memories that make him choose vanilla over the huge range on offer wherever he goes.
Faced with the vast choice in Italy I think of the ice cream experience as a dessert and go for crème caramel or woodland fruits (but not together). My friend always looks for nocciola (hazelnut) but none of us had a problem resisting the bright blue one. They don’t mention what flavour it is - calling it simply by its colour azzurro - blue..
Neil. I’m not too confident it would be him but he’s more likely to say it out loud (what with that big mouth he’s got) even though I feel like Andrew’s a tad crazier for him than he is for Andrew
Who would have the other’s picture as their phone background
Definitely Andrew. I think he’s the SO-as-wallpaper type. Imagine him trying to hide a smile every time he opens his phone. Oh cutie (Their phones are ancient though! Haha) Neil’s wallpaper is probs Exy related or something
Who leaves notes written in fog on the bathroom mirror
Andrew. They’re not necessarily the sweetest notes though. It would be like ‘Out of hot water, dickhead’ or something
Who buys the other cheesy gifts
Andrew. He’s so the gifting type, no question bout that. He probably gives Neil little action figures and other Exy related merch
Who initiated the first kiss
Heh. We both know who that is
Who kisses the other awake in the morning
Neil. Even though he sometimes suffers for it given Andrew’s thing when he’s woken up. And Andrew never apologizes but Neil thinks it’s worth it. Bruises heal anyway
Who starts tickle fights
Neil. He does it when Andrew’s lounging barefoot on the bean bag chair
Who asks who if they can join the other in the shower
Either of them?? Consent is so important to them (AND I FUCKING LOVE IT.)
Who surprises the other in the middle of the day at work with lunch
Andrew. He brings all kinds of food from Chinese to Italian. And ice cream, always ice cream, for dessert
Who was nervous and shy on the first date
Neil. Bc that boy is an overthinker.
Who kills/takes out the spiders
Neil. I feel like Andrew’s one of those people who aren’t afraid of snakes or big cats or whatnot but freak the fuck out over a roach or a spider
Who loudly proclaims their love when they’re drunk
Andrew. Bc he so rarely tells Neil he loves him. All those pent up feels in his small body have to get out one way or another.