3 different friends recommended Alfero Artisan Gelato, and it was a sign I should have it since ice cream is quite my thing. Located right next to the entrance of Marina Square opposite Killiney Kopitiam, the cheerful staff of the gelato shop was very friendly to get customers in. Sometimes too friendly.
Started by Marco Alfero, he was a finance manager who decided to pursue his dream and got trained by the Gelato University of Carpigiani in Italy. He opened his first shop at Marina Square, and the second retail shop/laboratory opened a month later at MacPherson Lane.
Unlike other ice cream places, Alfero stores his gelato in a pozzetto cabinet which are little ‘wells’ to retain the freshness. While you cannot see the exciting offerings, feel free to try out samples before you commit yourself to buying a cup.
The single cup is $4.5 and medium with 2 flavours cost $6.50. The flavours include Bacio (Kiss) Nocciola (Hazelnut), Mandorla (Almond), Vanigla (Vanilla), Marroni (Chestnut), Te’ Verde (Green Tea) Cioccolato (Chocolate) and something you would not expect here – Durian!
I ordered a Bacio purely because I liked the very Italian sound of the name. And taking my first mouthful, it was an “OMG!” moment. The gelato was creamy, rich, thick, smooth, heavenly. This part hazelnut, part milk, part chocolate flavour would delight those who enjoy either Ferrero Rocher or Kinder Bueno. It is like mixing these two into my gelato. Yums.
The dark chocolate flavour is also very intense, yet not overly rich. It is made of 72% Venezuela cocoa, and it was the dense texture that won me over. Generally, most flavours worked for me other than the fruity (raspberry, mango) one which were too sweet for me.
If you are a pistachio lover, their gelato is made from pistachios from Bronte Sicily which makes this flavour delicate and naturally green. Lovely experience to just hang out here, with a cup, and indulge in gelato spoon by spoon.
Even the Godfather will love it.
Alfero Artisan Gelato
6 Raffles Boulevard, #02-226A/B Marina Square, Singapore, Tel: +65 6848 4269
Opening Hours: Mon–Sun: 10am – 10pm