You can never have too much good gelato. Or you can’t if you’re Travel Gourmet. There are so many great gelaterie in London these days, it’s slightly taken the edge off going to Italy, where for so long a highlight of an Italian holiday was eating ice cream that was far superior to anything you’d find back in the UK. However, the up side is that while good gelato may still be a treat, it’s one that can be enjoyed more often. Especially if you live in Richmond upon Thames where Gelateria Danieli, Venchi and Gelatorino have been joined by Amorino.
I’ve written about Amorino before after visiting their Covent Garden branch and it features in my Top 5 Gelaterie in London. So you can imagine my excitement when I saw one getting ready to open on my local patch. I pass the site most days and today the doors opened and I just had to go in for an afternoon treat.
It’s quite a big cafe with plenty of seating to sit down and enjoy not just a gelato but a drink too.
Amorino pride themselves on using a lot of organic products with ‘no artificial anything’ and offer a good choice of flavours.
Italian style, you pay at the till first. I asked how many flavours I could have in a small (£3.90) cup. The guy serving me looked thoughtful. Well, you could probably have 3 or 4, he said. Then I remembered that in other Amorino shops I’d been told I could have as many flavours as I liked. So I settled on 3: chocolate sorbet, blackcurrant sorbet and pistachio.
I also ordered a single macchiato espresso (£2.20) and a macaron (£1.90).
Their macarons are very special because they’re filled with gelato. They pack them in thermal takeaway boxes if you want to take some home.
I took my cup of gelato to one of the long bars and they said they’d bring my coffee.
It’s an attractive place to sit and enjoy a coffee and gelato treat.
My small cup was really quite a good size; perhaps a medium cup elsewhere. The ice cream was very delicious and having a macaron (I chose vanilla) to go with it made it extra special. The macchiato was good-tasting coffee though a little too milky for my preference, but came with a biscuit, continental style.
It’s going to be extremely tempting walking past Amorino nearly every day! But what a great addition to Richmond town centre.