I was on the lookout for an authentic gelateria in the popular Italian neighborhood of The Hill in St. Louis, Missouri. Gelato di Riso fit the bill perfectly.
Gelato di Riso is located off the main street, so it doesn't have the best frontage. But, what it does have is delcious, delicious gelato.
Gelato differs from normal ice cream because it typically has less butterfat (but don't go celebrating, because gelato tends to lean a little heavier on sugar than ice cream). Gelato is also typically churned during the freezing process (as opposed to before freezing, which is standard for ice cream). This means that air is continually being whipped into the gelto, giving it a somewhat creamier, smoother texture, despite the lack of butterfat.
Gelato di Riso makes their gelato fresh, in-house, using only quality ingredients. They also has a variety of baked goods, if one so chooses.
During our trip, we tried almond, amaretto, blood orange, lemon and hazelnut gelato. I fell in love with the almond, but the majority of the group went for the blood orange. No matter your preference, you can't go wrong at this gelateria.
Gelato di Riso
5204 Wilson (At Marconi)
St. Louis, MO 63110
Gelato Prices: $3-$6
Friday & Saturday 7:30 am-10:00pm