It’s true, I’ll own up, even if it wasn’t in the 80’s last weekend I would’ve driven the thirty miles each way for the ice cream, but not just any old ice cream mind you, I’m not that crazy, I do know good “ice cream” is available all over the city. After I heard that GROM, the Italian gelati chain we discovered in Turin had opened a branch in Malibu, I had to go check it out, as I said to Mr F, “Hey it’s cheaper than flying to Italy for gelato, and I’m overdue for a walk on the beach.”
What is GROM? In 2003 Federico Grom and Guido Martinetti decided to make gelato with natural and seasonal ingredients after they heard Carlo Petrini (the founder of Slow Food), complaining that gelato or artisanal ice cream, was practically extinct
GROM in Malibu
GROM’s mission is to make gelato the slow, old-fashioned way, with top quality, mainly Italian, seasonal ingredients, and no artificial colorings and preservatives: hazelnuts from Piedmont, pistachios from Sicily, and lemons from the Amalfi coast.
- the farm in Piedmonte
The people working the Malibu store are all so friendly and Anna who was serving me, didn’t mind how many flavors I wanted to taste. I think I had about half-a-dozen in the end, each one more delicious than the one before…
- Anca who comes from Turin, says “taste the cream”
“Have you tried the cream?” Anca, the other server, asked me.
“No thanks,” I said, wondering why anyone would eat whipped cream when there’s so many wonderful flavors of gelato?
“This is special cream we bring in from Italy,” she said, and seemed sad I wasn’t interested in tasting it. It was amazing! The best whipped cream yours truly has EVER tasted. I ate the entire spoonful!
Photo: Grom Gelateria
I couldn’t eat any more gelato after all that. I bought a container to take home – limone, Cioccolato Extranoir (sorbet) and Nocciola.
If you like ice cream, or even if you don’t like ice cream, I highly recommend you try it! It’s worth the drive, and the price: $5.25 with tax (for four ounces).
Grom gelato has been rated by the Italian Celiac Association
(AIC) as being gluten free. (“All their gelato products are suitable for consumption by celiac customers, except those marked with the symbol “)
- Malibu beach last Saturday
The tide was so low I was able to walk along the beach for several miles.