When we first arrived in Bologna, I made a point of asking anyone who was willing to converse with me “Qual è la tua gelateria preferita a Bologna?” (“Which is your favorite gelateria in Bologna?”). Almost everyone had an adamant response. “Gelateria [fill in the blank] is, hands down, the best gelateria in Bologna”. At first, it seemed that everyone’s favorite was different. But after asking enough people, I started hearing repeats and the pattern became clear.