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Monday, October 8, 2012

Al Jazeera: Ice Cream Museum To Melt Italian Hearts

World's first museum dedicated to ice cream's history, culture and technology
has opened near the city of Bologna
by Seema Gupta
(friend, Italy guide and fellow pop-culture trivia enthusiast)
The museum has thousands of historical photographs detailing the evolution of gelato [Gelato Museum/Al Jazeera]
(September 30) It's one museum that promises a feast not just for the eyes, but for the taste buds as well.

A museum for ice creams - gelato in Italian - has opened in the town of Anzola dell'Emilia, just outside the northern city of Bologna, dedicated to the history, culture and technology behind this divine delight.

The 1,000 square metre ice cream museum is located at the headquarters of Carpigiani, a company that manufactures gelato-making machines. Brothers Bruto and Poerio Carpigiani founded the business in 1946 and a foundation was established in their names last year to promote the culture of artisan gelato as an important Italian culinary contribution.

Admission to the 1.5m euro ($1.9m) museum is free.

"To know the past, it also helps to feed the future," said Andrea Cocchi, CEO of Carpigiani, adding the ice cream museum was in the works for more than a decade. The project is part of a long-term investment to increase the awareness and production of Italian ice cream around the world, he said.

On a guided tour of the museum, it's possible to explore the history of iced treats. The ancient Romans used ice to chill their drinks, and sorbets were concocted by Arabs who created sugary, flavoured syrups poured over ice. Translated texts from Arab manuscripts dating from the 11th century are on display listing the recipes for pomegranate sorbet and a version with dates.


(Source: Al Jazeera)

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