They say that people in New England eat more ice cream during the winter months than they do during the summer. I don’t know if that is true for Dutch people, but it is now December and my favorite gelato shop is still open for business. Gelato is a type of Italian ice cream similar to American ice cream but softer and denser in flavor. It is usually served as a single flavor, but sometimes you can find gelato with fruit, nuts, or chocolate added. The scoops are smaller but because it is a denser dessert I usually find a single small scoop to be more than enough.
Gelateria Luna Rossa is one of the local gelato shops in Maastricht and it deserves any praise you may care to give it. During the summer it can be impossible just to get inside to order a cone or bowl; partially from the crowds and partly because people don’t queue very well. They have a huge selection of flavors including all kinds of fruit, vanilla, chocolates, and coffee flavors. In addition, they also serve gelato flavored like some classic Dutch desserts such as stroopwafels and speculaas cookies. Dan is very fond of the citrus flavors and I have been working my way through the different varieties of mocha and chocolate.
Recently, Luna opened up a second location near the Onze Lieve Vrouw basilica in a historical military building behind the cathedral. This location is fun to visit because of the strange dichotomy struck between the ancient stone walls and hot pink neon lights of the modern shop. The original store is near the Centre Ceramique on the new side of the river. Time will tell if both stores remain active. I imagine both will be serving tasty treats for a long time to come.