In Italian, bacio means “to kiss.” Belgrade’s Bacio Gelato is as sweet and pleasureful as a kiss. If you get a cone or an ice cream bar, that kiss could turn into a messy make-out session when the ice cream drips all over your face in the summer heat. However, whether you leave Bacio with an innocent kiss or steamy snog, you will be satisfied.
Bacio is located in a part of Belgrade called Cvetni Trg (Flower Square). The neighborhood used to be home to several flower shops, the majority of which have been replaced with trendy cafes, pastry shops and gelaterias. Bacio is a small shop with few seats inside and many more outside in a covered seating area next to those of neighboring cafes.
Bacio specializes in gelato made from fresh, natural ingredients. The flavors they serve are fairly traditional and typical of gelato/ice cream you can find in Belgrade. Gelato flavors include hazelnut, chocolate, mint, straciatella, malaga as well as fruit sorbets. You can get scoops in cups or cones.
Bacio also serves homemade ice cream bars on sticks. Belgrade has tons of ice cream street vendors that serve popsicles and ice cream bars, but I’ve never seen an ice cream shop attempt to create their own. Naturally, I had to get one of these.
The Hazelnut Ice Cream Bar (145 RSD or about $1.70) was very tasty. Nutella rules in Serbia (peanut butter is wretched in comparison) so hazelnut is as standard a flavor as vanilla and chocolate. The flavor was great and the texture was creamy. The chocolate shell added a nice crunch, as did the toffeed hazelnut chunks that were sprinkled onto the shell. I was very pleased with my ice cream.
Food in Serbia is much cheaper than in the States, so it’s great if you have a foreign paycheck to spend. At the ice cream stands you typically see on the streets in Belgrade, the most you would pay for an ice cream bar would be 120 RSD. For a small difference, you can get a handmade version at Bacio.
Bacio gets Better Than Ramen’s seal of approval. Check out other pics from my visit below.