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For most people, a visit to Rome means a trip to the Coliseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and St. Peter’s Basilica. But for me, during my two days in Rome, I escaped the touristy center and hung out in Ponte  Milvio. Ponte Milvio is a vibrant neighborhood filled with restaurants located around the Milvian bridge over the Tiber River, just one kilometer from the city center. And located in the heart of Ponte Milvio is Pasticceria Mondi, one of the most delicious pastry shops I have been to and hence the Please The Palate pick of the week. Pasticceria Mondi was founded in 1967 by Domenico Mondi who, after 52 years, can still be found every morning at 4:30am, except Monday, in the pasticceria. Domenico was born in Umbria and at the age of 12 left home and came to Rome. He started working in a gelato shop in Ponte Milvio where he learned his craft. In 1967, Domenico opened Pasticceria Mondi in the same space as the gelateria and continued to expand.
Who does not love gelato!?!? I, for one, absolutely love gelato. I love the lightness but richness, the smooth, creamy texture and the simplicity and creativity of ingredients. So, when I was asked to manage the Gelato School at the Gelato Festival America, it was a dream come true....after all, it meant that I could eat all the gelato I wanted for seven festivals! We have just completed two cities - New Jersey and Chicago - and have five more to go and I am loving every single bite! That is why, without a doubt, the Gelato Festival America is the Please The Palate pick of the week.
Doing my annual house-sitting duties for my parents, my childhood home in Studio City becomes my home-base for a few weeks. As I was sitting at my computer, I saw a friend post about a new gelato place in Studio City. How could I not know about this place just down the street? How did my ice-cream-aholic mother not know? Well, that is because it opened the week my parents left on their trip. So, with the excess heat, I ventured out not once, but twice (ok three times) in just as many days to enjoy a gelato from Fatamorgana and hence Fatamorgana is the Please The Palate pick of the week. Fatamorgana Gelato is authenic gelato. It was founded in Italy in 2003 by Mari Agnese Spagnuolo and there are eight locations in Rome. And now Studio City, California is the ninth location.