Adorable-issimo Anguria

My summer dreams finally came true when I walked into a gelato shop and saw a huge chunk of watermelon sitting atop fresh, pink watermelon gelato.

The only problem was, there was no sign and I hadn’t a clue what the name of the fruit was in Italian.  Luckily, the six-year-old girl in front of me was equally enthralled and ordered “anguria.”

Important Italian word of the day? Watermelon is anguria and it is fabulous.

It’s also “adorable-issimo,” a fake Italian word that means incredibly adorable.  Watermelons in Italy can be tiiiiiiiny.  Sure, you can find standard sized melons, but I can never pass up the cuteness factor of the mini ones.

Italian watermelon is deliciously sweet.  I thought the anguria gelato I ordered was filled with sugar, and maybe it was, but stick a spoon in one of these fresh tiny melons and you’ve basically got dessert on your hands:

Om nom nom.

If you’re walking around Rome in the summer, keep a look out for the fresh watermelon stands. You can buy a huge slice for about a Euro and it’s the perfect way to cool off.

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