[London] Even if you may have dessert places around the corner, or are surrounded by ice-cream spots, there is nothing like a craving for gelato that you can’t seem to quite satisfy.
Amorino is the place you turn to in such a scenario.
Even today, good gelato places are few and far between.
Despite the increased popularity in recent years, there do not seem to be enough of them around in London city.
Thanks to Amorino, however, Londoners have got gelato havens dotted all over the city with an aim to please with reliable quality.
The chain started off as a passion project between two childhood friends Paolo Benassi and Cristiano Sereni in 2002, and has grown exponentially since, providing delightful ice-cream with deliberately chosen ingredients that are natural and organic.
Amorino doubles as a café as well, running the gamut of popular café mainstays to accompany your cup or cone.
There are branches in Camden Town, Covent Garden, Charring Cross and a few other spots in the London area.
The one I frequent is on Goodge Street, which is one the imaginary border between Fitzrovia and Bloomsbury.
Perhaps the most alluring facet of this personable chain, is the fact that you can have as many flavours as you desire.
Yes, I repeat, as many as you like.
How do they all fit you may ask?
Well, the servers at Amorino are specifically trained to use a steel spatula to form petals of ice-cream such that each layer represents a particular flavour.
All in the shape of a rose.
In this way, with performative precision, one can have all their favourite flavours crammed into one beautiful serving.
My personal favourite at Amorino is a mixture of coffee, chocolate, stracciatella (chocolate chip and milk) and vanilla ice-cream.
And most often, on my way to university, with a robust Americano.
(Photo credit: Amorino Gelato)
The sizes of the ice-cream commence at a kid’s version (£2.70, SGD$4.98) and go all the way up to a large (£5.80, SGD10.70), but their portions are tremendous enough for me never to venture above a regular (£4.50, SGD8.30).
While I do not go so far as to say it is the best gelato you can find in London, it certainly scratches the Italian ice-cream itch when it comes.
Give the place a go and see for yourself.
Other Amorino Boutiques In London
SOHO – 41, Old Compton Street, W1D 6HF, London
Chelsea – 67A Kings Road, SW3 4NT, London
Covent Garden – 7 Garrick Street, WC2E 9AR, London
Islington – 110 Upper Street, N1 1QN, Islington
Westfield Stratford – Westfield Stratford Shopping Mall, Montfichet road, E20 1EJ, London
Charing Cross – 18 Charing Cross Rd, WC2H OHR, London
Fulham – 8 Fulham Broadway, SW6 1AA, London
Camden – 237 Camden High Street, NW1 7BU, London
Ealing Broadway – Unit 8 the Green, W5 5DA, London
Notting Hill – 22 Pembridge Road, Notting Hill, W11 3HL, London
Long Acre – 55, Long Acre, WC2 9JL, London
* Written by DFD’s London Food Correspondent Leander Dias SaltyCritic. Leander Dias was born and raised in Dubai, a burgeoning city with diverse food culture. Since moving to London to read for his English MA at UCL, he has utterly immersed himself in the local food scene, writing extensively about everything he eats everywhere he goes. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.