Have you ever noticed how many words in italian end in "ella?"
There's Mozzarella, Cinderella, and Tarantella. But most importantly, for the ice cream lover, there is stracciatella. It's one of the most popular flavors in Italy.
Unlike chocolate chip ice cream, the chocolate in stracciatella consists of the finest little shards of chocolate mixed into an unflavored ice cream base. The aptly named flavor comes from the word straccio, meaning a rag or something that is torn. To make the flavor, molten dark chocolate is poured into the nearly frozen ice cream mixture causing it to shatter into thousands of tiny delectable pieces, or rags of chocolate. Want to try a simple (cheating but who cares) version at home?
Procure a bar of dark chocolate and break into pieces into a bowl that is set over a simmering pot of water. When the chocolate is fully melted, spoon over vanilla ice cream and watch the chocolate harden on contact. This works best if you take the ice cream out of the freezer for 10-15 minutes before dessert time. Of course, if you do have an ice cream maker at home, you can make stracciatella the authentic way.