Gianduja Gelateria di Udine

This will be a quick post because I have stuff to do. So, in at the end of April 2001, we headed to Italy for a few weeks. One of the places that made an impression on us was Gianduja. It’s listed as an ice cream shop, but it also sells pastries some excellent coffees. 

A visit there — and Italy in general — reawakened in us an appreciation for good coffee and great desserts (both hard to find in the US). The coffee I wrote about HERE. The desserts are difficult to describe. Luckily, while Zio Marino was still alive, he responded for my request for a list of desserts offered at Gianduja by sending me the menu . . . 

Now, Gianduja is the name for a hazelnut chocolate spread that predates Nutella (different formulation). You can read a bit about it HERE but you can also search the Internet for it and learn more about it. For a decent discussion of Gianduja versus Nutella, read HERE.

I’m not sure why this scan is clipped . . . 

Now, what’s strange about the caption on the upper right is that it seems as if they are referring to an actual person which — to my knowledge — there is no such. That bit of writing says (and I hope I don’t screw up or I’ll never hear the end of it) and I’m paraphrasing:

“GIANDUJA. This personage passed into history not only for his nice, playful and impish personality but also for his adventuresome life”

I chose the male translation (his) because while “sua” might connotate a female, “personaggio” is definitely male and that trumps all the other words that might go one way or another. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it until I’m told otherwise. 

Anyway, that’s an awesome-looking dessert . . . and that’s only the beginning. 

I’m just going to present the menu as is without any commentary. Anyone wanting to know the writing can use Google Translate. Although, I should warn that it didn’t do the above writing justice. Not wrong, mind you, but not right, either. 

Here we go . . . 

If anyone knows where I can get stuff like that at an ice cream parlor, or patisserie, or coffee shop here in the US, please email me immediately. 

Here’s the gallery of the above for easy scrolling and viewing (told you it was a short post):

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.


Note: if you are not reading this blog post at, know that it has been copied without permission, and likely is being used by someone with nefarious intention, like attracting you to a malware-infested website.  Could be they also torture small mammals.


Please, if you are considering bestowing me recognition beyond commenting below, refrain from doing so.  I will decline blogger-to-blogger awards.   I appreciate the intent behind it, but I prefer a comment thanking me for turning you away from a life of crime, religion, or making you a better person in some other way.  That would mean something to me.

If you wish to know more, please read below.

About awards: Blogger Awards
About “likes”:   Of “Likes”, Subscriptions, and Stuff

Note: to those who may click on “like”, or rate the post; if you do not hear from me, know that I am sincerely appreciative, and I thank you for noticing what I do.

. . .  my FP ward  . . . chieken shit.

Finally, if you interpret anything on this blog as me asking or wanting pity, sympathy, or complaining about my life, or asking for help and advice, know you’re  likely missing my subtle mix of irony, sarcasm, and humor.