For ice cream in San Telmo, near Plaza Dorrego area, skip the fancy Freddo and Perisco chains along Defensa Street and head just a few yards down Estados Unidos to grandma’s authentic alternative, Nonna Bianca, specializing in homemade Italian-style gelato.
With its outdoor benches and homey wooden interior you’ll feel like you stepped into a rustic locale in Bariloche, an effect only enhanced by some of the fruits such as cherry and blueberry incorporated into the creamy concoctions. Among the 80 flavors made on premises are a variety of chocolates, tiramisu, mate in cream, watermelon, quinoto (kumquat) soaked in whiskey and Argentine favorite, dulce de leche.
Business has boomed here in the five years since a then 70 year-old Blanca Real opened up the business with her culinary-inclined family.
To satisfy the breakfast and lunch crowd Nonna Bianca offers pastries and snacks such as paninis, quiches and delicious milkshakes. The front area with its picnic type tables is a nice place to linger over a coffee with friends. Those flying solo can grab a window seat looking out onto Estados Unidos and read one of the many magazines laying around or take advantage of the free wifi.
A basic cone costs less than at the nearby chains and comes with two flavors. The art is making sure you chose two complimentary flavors — many of hose on offer — in line with Argentine taste buds — are quite sweet, so ask for samples before making the all important decision.
425 Estados Unidos
• Hours: Sun-Thur from 9:00 AM —12:00 AM
Fri & Sat 9am-2 am