This small, family-run "ice-cream shop" serves up the very best Strawberry
gelato in all of Italy. Angelo, his wife, and their daughter serve gelato,
espresso, and other Sicilian Specialties from 7:30AM until 10:30PM, 6 days a week.
"La Pergola" was easily my favorite business to frequent in Florence and
Angelo's receipts certainly attest to it. Most every night, I would stop by to pick
up a small cup of heaven on Earth.
I first visited the gelateria one afternoon while trying to find an orange
during the city-wide naptime. "La Pergola" was the only place that I could
find which was open. I asked Angelo if I could buy one of the oranges he uses to
squeeze spremuta d'aranciata (fresh-squeezed orange juice) to bring to Rina, my
girlfriend, who was feeling ill. Angelo told me to take the orange and a friendship
was born. From the moment I tasted the perfect combination of flavor, texture, and
temperature found in the now-famous fragola (strawberry) gelato I desired it
The gelateria was the topic of many of my Italian teme
essays. I also became known as something of a gelato connoisseur by the students in
my Italian class. Wherever I traveled in Italy I sampled a cup of fragola e
limone from the local gelateria, just to see how it compared to the "Little
Man's", as we affectionately called Angelo. Many memories were made at
"Gelateria La Pergola," and I only hope that someday soon I will be able to
return to taste the sweet, sweet flavor of. . . fragola!