110 Upper Street, N1 1QN, Islington
I’ve always wondered how cool it would be to work in an ice cream parlour and be a professional ice cream taster – #DreamJob or what? Well, on Wednesday I got the chance to try it out when I spent the afternoon sampling many flavours of Gelato and creating italian ice cream masterpieces.
In the lovely area of Angel, along Upper Street, is one of the eight Amorino establishments of London selling more than 25 flavours of traditional, luxurious, Italian Gelato, including a brand new Ginger & Blood Orange Sorbet (and all Sorbets are 100% vegan, impressive!) Famous for serving up their delicious Gelato shaped and perfected into delicate rose petals, I was there to have a go at creating this beautiful frosty flower which is the brand’s signature serving. After sipping on an Italian coffee and being shown every single flavour of Sorbet and Gelato that Amorino has to offer (and, ahem, sampling a few along the way) it was time for me to have a crack at building my own ice cream rose. It couldn’t be that hard, right?
It turns out creating the famous Amorino rose petal is a lot harder than it looks! I officially have so much respect for all the staff that train to do this and put so much effort into creating these beautiful, detailed Gelato masterpieces for us to all devour. I sucked at it, like, really really sucked. It was actually embarrassing!
Here is the example my teacher created:
And here is my first attempt:
Yup, as I said, embarrassing. I didn’t realise there was such technique used in creating an ice cream in a cone. There was several tongs to be used, angles to be dug at, and all at a rather fast pace to save the ice cream from melting (which mine did a few times, oops!)
After three attempts it was time to take a break, so I sat down in the the parlour and enjoyed a pot of Cinnamon Biscuit Gelato. Ho-Ly Cow! It is hands down the best flavour ice cream I have ever tasted. A sweet, spicy, creamy Gelato with little crunchy biscuit pieces spread throughout. Heavenly.
But soon it was back to the task in hand – try to make a Gelato rose that actually resembles a rose and not a mound of melted rocks. Although I have to admit, my fourth attempt was a little better….
And then I somehow managed to make this bad boy…
Practice doesn’t quite make perfect, but it does make a sort of alright-ish attempt after three ugly fails!
As well as serving both pots, cones and even insulated takeaway boxes of Gelato (perfect for picnics) Amorino also create tasty waffles, crepes, macaroons, an assortments of coffees and teas, Biscotti, chocolates and flavoured frappes. I couldn’t resist trying an Espresso Frappe after my class, and so ordered one to takeaway and enjoy on the streets of Angel and whilst people watching in the park. It was such a lovely way to end such a sweet and oh-so-Italian afternoon.
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