With flavors such as Sicilian cannoli with sheep’s-milk ricotta, candied orange and pistachio, and almond-and-rum crunch, is it any wonder this place is the best?
Buona Gelato: A Taste of Italy in the Upper Valley.Humorist Garrison Keillor has been quoted as saying that sweet corn is better than sex. He is wrong. Sex is good. Fresh sweet corn is good. But neither is as good as Morgan Morano's gelato.
Business profile: Morano Gelato is a small New England-based company dedicated to promoting the art of gelato-making through its production of authentic Italian gelato in small, concentrated batches.
How it all began: I had always known I wanted to open my own dessert-related business. I lived in Italy on and off for six years during and after college and culinary school. It was there that I stumbled upon an amazing Sicilian gelato and pastry shop and developed a friendship with the owner. I worked for him one winter season and he taught me the art and tradition of gelatomaking. It completely resonated with me. I returned home and experimented with recipes, combining techniques I had learned making ice cream in pastry kitchens throughout New York City. In June 2010, Morano Gelato was born in Hanover, New Hampshire.
The workday starts early for Morgan Morano, making fresh gelato the way they do in Italy. The Hanover business owner lived in the country for 6 years.
"The hot process entails a base from scratch. I use a combination of different sugars and liquids, water, cream; Sicilian-style so it is much less butterfat," Morano explained.
Minutes after it's made, the dessert hits the display case in Morano Gelato. There are various flavors each day, most of which are sourced from local farms.
Morano said, "A lot of places throughout America take a lot of shortcuts because they don't have the time, they don't have the passion, they don't have the energy and they want to save money, and that is why there isn't that great gelato."
So I had pretty much given up on American gelato until I tasted some in the unlikeliest of places, the weekly summer-only Farmer’s Market in Hanover, NH. Now Hanover is a college town, and an Ivy League one at that, home to Dartmouth, so it makes sense they’d have some culturally diverse and interesting foodstuffs around, and they do (though not enough). Also, the town sits on the Vermont border and shares the regional aesthetic for ultra-fresh local products of high quality, with access to farmstand fruits and the area’s famed and mostly chemical-free dairy trade.