You know that one scoop is never enough when you find yourself lingering at the entrance to Scoop wondering about seconds having just devoured a double Crème Brûlée/ Bacio. Since opening its doors in 2007, this gelateria has served up some of the best gelato in London. It now has three stores, including the original Covent Garden one. Flavours are straight from the Italian classics with each scoop a celebration of single origin ingredients. Noteworthy ones include Torroncino made with almond or hazelnut nougat from either Piedmont (Italy) or Montelimar (France)and Pistacchio from nuts found in Bronte, Sicily. There are sorbets and cakes to tempt and watch out for its special flavours and events. Open til late, it's the perfect after-dinner spot. Bravissimo.
Covent Garden: 40 Short's Gardens, WC2H 9AB London/ Tel. 020 7240 7086
Hours: Mon - Sun 12:00 - 24:00 (June - Aug); Sun - Wed 12:00 - 22:30, Thu - Sat 12:00 - 23:30 (September to May)
At London Food Essentials, we are continually inspired by the creative new ventures of London food entrepreneurs. Our latest discovery is Craved - an online platform supporting small batch London food producers. We were lucky enough to interview founder David Voxlin last week and we will be publishing our interview later this month. But we couldn't resist featuring Craved in our weekend inspiration, in particular their bike delivery service. For all orders of £40 and above, you can ask for a weekend bike delivery to your home in Central London. Deliveries are available on Friday nights (18.00 - 21.00) and Saturday mornings (09.00 - 12.00). We love this idea as it promotes food localism and community that is so essential to London as a food city. Craved is one to watch, so come back later in the month to find out more.
My first true experience of gelati was in a cafe on the via del lavatore near the Trevi Fountain in Rome. it was here in one of the city's most famous piazzas that l experienced my first kiss - a baci ice-cream. Intensely rich, deliciously naughty and oh so chocolately, no more so as l was traveling alone.For your own La Dolce Vita moment, Gelateria Danieli has all the romance of an Italian gelateria with its hard to resist organic ice creams and diary free sorbets. With flavours inspired by the seasons, try the very summery elderflower and honey (it tastes as wonderful as it sounds) or the enticing pistachio, fig and mandarin. Chocolate & violet cream will not fail to delight nor will the very British Bakewell Tart. All ice cream is luxuriously creamy made from the milk and cream of the happy cows at Cowdray Estate. Dairy free, nut free, egg free, high protein or gluten free options are also available and the sorbet is just summer perfect. Gelateria Danieli has four locations across London.
Central London: 222 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8EB. Tel. 020 7240 1770
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 22:00, Sun 12:00- 19:00