If you take some gelato and shape it up into a cake you get the torta gelato. Add some colorful decorations as well and it becomes a nice present to bring to a dinner with friends. Check it out the next time you go to Italy, since some of them are really beautiful.
Gelato is a must have Italian experience. Many ice-cream shops pride themselves in making their own gelato by displaying a sign Produzione Propria. There are two categories of flavors: creme (e.g. chocolate, vanilla, creme caramel, pistacchio, hazelnut, etc.) and frutta (e.g. just every fruit). My suggestion? Ask for Misto Creme or Misto Frutta, a choice that will get you as many different flavors as possible for your money.