Living: Gelato by the Superscoopful

Rich and vivid, Italian-style ice cream invades and conquers

Not all historians agree that the future King Henry II of France married Italy's Catherine de Médicis for her ice cream recipes in 1533. Some say he liked her pasta more. In any case, the Italians lost a daughter but not a dish. They have remained, to this day, among the world's supreme ice cream makers. Americans, who are the world's supreme ice cream gulpers (15 quarts per capita per annum), are only now beginning to make that luscious discovery en masse. In the heat-racked...

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