1800 – carts and street vendors: gelato is looking for new customers

A gelato can be savored everywhere (XIX century)

The street vendors of gelato invade, in the Nineteenth century, Europe and America. They can be divided in three categories: the gelato makers, who produce somehow “frozen things” and sell them; the gelato makers who start opening their own shops and send the boys, with carts, to look for customers; the gelato makers organized in cooperative companies, who create gelato laboratories and, from there, bring their products in the streets. All street vendors have something in common: “Gelato! Gelato!”, they scream; usually they come with a trumpet or a small bell and begin to walk the streets on March 19 of each year, greeting the arrival of spring.


Precious objects to present gelato on the table (XVIII and XIX century)

Gelato and sorbets were a must during important meals between the Eighteenth, Nineteenth and until the beginning of the Twentieth century. Menus had to include sorbets after the entrées and it was required to serve gelato, in the most varied flavors, at the end of the meal. Royal families, aristocracy and the emerging bourgeoisie ordered dedicated sets to their suppliers of porcelain. Coolers are an example.