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Gela.Ti.Amo

October 8, 2015

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Gela.Ti.Amo, literally translating to “ice cream I love you”, is the brand new eatery that’s melting hearts in Hammersmith. The gelateria offers something for everyone, whether you like your ice cream creamy and Ferrero Rocher flavour, gluten-free, vegan, on waffles or in 10kg tubs - (and who doesn’t!?). I swung by to have a chat to the men behind the ice cream, and discovered there’s an even sweeter love story at the heart of the business…

Gela.Ti.Amo offers a little slice of Italy from the Western end of King Street. The décor is contemporary with bright red tables and chairs, and there’s a big blackboard covered in scribbles and notes from grateful customers. Upon entering, I hear someone ask for their usual, and watch a handsome Italian dollop two generous scoops of cookie ice cream onto a cone with a “Bellissima.” Despite opening just three weeks ago, Gela.Ti.Amo has already made a big mark on Hammersmith locals.

And the staff - five out of six of whom are Italian - immediately make their mark on me. I sit down with the Manager Mirko Di Lorenzo and a mound of strawberry cheesecake and cookie ice cream, and as he launches into conversation as I go head first into the gelato. Without exaggerating, it’s the best ice cream I’ve ever tasted, though I’m sure his Italian accent makes it taste that little bit better…

I soon learn that the story behind the shop is even better than the ice cream, however. Venetian-born Oscar and co-owner Alberto met and fell in love on an ice cream making course in Italy last February. After a trip to London, they also fell in love with Hammersmith, and bought the shop a year ago with the plan to spread their love of gelato. Mirko can’t hide his excitement as he relays their fairy-tale story, and I can’t help but think this really is about as authentic as it gets.

There’s an enticing range of twenty different ice cream flavours to choose from, including mango, salted caramel, pistachio, stracciatella with mint and passion fruit - all of which are handmade fresh every day. There’s also sorbet, vegan and gluten free options. It’s not all about the ice cream, however; there’s a range of lunch-time treats available, from pizza and green lasagne, to fresh salad bowls and rustic baguettes, plus cakes, pastries and waffles for the sweet-toothed. Of course, the coffee is Italian and, of course it’s fantastic.

As I’m leaving I notice a sign that says they also do 10kg tubs of their ice cream to take-away, I think this is going to be the start of a beautiful relationship…

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Gela.Ti.Amo

192 King Street
Hammersmith
London
W6 0RA
Ravenscourt Park (105m)

10% off your total bill


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