I noticed Carapina because we walk by it every day (it’s just a few doors up the street from Antico Forno Roscioli) and the setup looked first-rate: small shop, modest number of mostly seasonal flavors, gelato kept covered. Looking online to see which of the gelato places in the centro storico people favor these days I found that it’s on a lot of people’s short list and a branch of some apparently famous place in Florence.
I tasted a few flavors and settled on pistachio and hazelnut, both excellent. I liked it so much I got seconds, which could have passed for sorbetto, just pure flavor of Bosc pears with some of the grainy texture preserved. I hope they have almond before I leave, I’m sure they do a good job with that.