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Stracciatella over chocolate ice cream
TypeIce cream
Place of originItaly
Region or stateLombardy
Created byEnrico Panattoni
Main ingredientsMilk, cream, Milk chocolate
Ingredients generally usedDark chocolate

Stracciatella (Italian pronunciation: [strattʃaˈtɛlla]) is a variety of gelato, consisting of milk-based ice cream filled with fine, irregular shavings of chocolate.[1][self-published source?] It was originally created in Bergamo, northern Italy, at the Ristorante La Marianna in 1961. It was inspired by stracciatella soup, made from egg and broth, which is popular around Rome. It is one of the most renowned Italian gelato flavors.[2]


Makers produce the effect by drizzling melted chocolate into plain milk ice cream towards the end of the churning process; chocolate solidifies immediately coming in contact with the cold ice cream, and is then broken up and incorporated into the ice cream with a spatula.[1] This process creates the shreds of chocolate that give stracciatella its name.[3] (Stracciatella in Italian means 'little shred'.) While stracciatella ice cream traditionally involves milk, ice cream and milk chocolate, modern variations can also be made with vanilla and dark chocolate.[4]


Enrico Panattoni
Enrico Panattoni

Enrico Panattoni, the owner of La Marianna, a gelateria in Bergamo in northern Italy, invented the dish in 1961.[5][n 1] According to Panattoni, the idea came to him after he had grown tired of stirring eggs into broth to satisfy customers of his restaurant who kept asking for stracciatella soup.[5]

He was passionate about cooking and pastry, after various and repeated experiments, he invented a particular kind of ice cream made of a very white cream with irregular pieces of dark chocolate inside. During the creaming process of Fiordilatte, he inserted a dose of hot dark chocolate that, thanks to the whipping of the blades, shredded the chocolate while it solidified. The effect is similar to one of the most popular dishes of his restaurant, named the Roman stracciatella.[8]

The melted chocolate that solidifies and shatters in the batch freezer is reminiscent of the egg that binds in the boiling broth of the Roman stracciatella. "Roman stracciatella was the most famous consommé and, as for that soup, I was looking for an ice cream that could be loved and appreciated by my customers" said Panattoni, the inventor of stracciatella.[9]

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Explanatory notes

  1. ^ The youngest member of a family of peasant farmers from Altopascio di Lucca in Tuscany, Enrico Panattoni (1927–2013) came to Bergamo in 1946 where, after initially managing to set up a bar selling castagnaccio (a simple chestnut-flour cake), he opened La Marianna, which became renowned for its gelato, including stracciatella, as well as its upper-storey Tuscan restaurant, then a novelty in Bergamo. In 1973, Panattoni's son Mirko was kidnapped and later released by an unknown criminal group — the first of a series of children held to ransom in Italy in recent decades.[5][6][7]


  1. ^ a b Ferrari, Luciano (2005). "Straciatella Gelato". Gelato and Gourmet Frozen Desserts - A professional learning guide. p. 61. ISBN 978-1-4092-8850-3.
  2. ^ King, Carol (2013). "Top Five Italian Gelato Flavors". Retrieved 17 April 2016.
  3. ^ n/a, Anders (6 November 2012). "Quick Stracciatella". Retrieved 17 April 2016.
  4. ^ Torre, Paul (14 June 2009). "Stracciatella Gelato". The Italian Chef. Archived from the original on 20 April 2016. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  5. ^ a b c "Lutto nel mondo della ristorazione – È morto Enrico Panattoni". L'Eco di Bergamo (in Italian). 4 October 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Enrico Panattoni, la sua storia". L'Eco di Bergamo (in Italian). 4 October 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Inventor of 'stracciatella' ice cream dies at 85". Gazzetta del Sud (online). 4 October 2013. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  8. ^ "La stracciatella". La Marianna (in Italian). Retrieved 2020-12-20.
  9. ^ "Storia – La Stracciatella" (in Italian). Retrieved 2020-12-20.