Beauties & the Best
|Paolo Rigotti: The Man behind Gelateria Milano|
"The differences involve three factors: Fat, Air, and Serving Temperature
Ice cream has more cream and therefore has more fat. Conversely, gelato uses more milk than cream, so it doesn't have nearly as much fat. With less fat that coats the mouth, this translates into more intense flavors to tickle the palate more
Gelato is churned at a slower speed than ice cream, so it's denser because not as much air is whipped into the mixture. (Gelato contains about 25 to 30 percent air, while ice cream can contain as much as 50 percent air)
Finally, while ice cream is typically served frozen, gelato is typically stored and served at a slightly warmer temperature, so it's not quite completely frozen. But regardless of the differences, they do share one commonality: they are both irresistible!"