A scoop of Italy

A new gela­terie on Water­field Road is of­fer­ing deliciously rich vari­a­tions of the clas­sic frozen dessert and it’s got us swoon­ing

Mid Day - - The Guide - SU­MAN MAHFUZ QUAZI su­[email protected] EX­CEP­TIONAL, EX­CEL­LENT, VERY GOOD, GOOD, AV­ER­AGE. SU­MAN MAHFUZ QUAZI su­[email protected]

A FEW years ago, when the fo­cus shifted from Baskin & Rob­bins and Ben & Jerry’s Bel­gian dark cho­co­late ice cream (a di­rect spillover of Bol- ly­wood pop cul­ture gen- er­ally, and par­tic­u­larly, an em­u­la­tion of a heav­ily preg­nant Pre­ity Zinta’s crav­ings that arose 15 min­utes be­fore mid­night in the 2005 re­lease, Salaam Na­maste) we started look­ing at gelatos. But the clas­sic Ital­ian frozen dessert ac­tu­ally dates back to the Re­nais­sance pe­riod, when a man named Bernardo Buon­tal­enti in­vented it for a grand ban­quet that was be­ing hosted by Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici in Tus­cany. Or so the story goes.

Things are dif­fer­ent to­day, with the sweet treat be­ing pre­ferred over reg­u­lar ice cream be­cause of a va­ri­ety of rea­sons, rang­ing from a lesser per­cent­age of fat, to a creamier tex­ture, and the avail­abil­ity of eclec­tic flavours like strac­ciatella, notably the most pop­u­lar vari­ant which is typ­i­fied by the ir­reg­u­lar cho­co­late shav­ings that it comes with.

So, when we stum­ble on Cop­petto Ar­ti­san Gelato, a new gela­terie on Water­field Road, we are ea­ger to see what it has to of­fer. The truth is, years of be­ing used to sim­ple Kwal­ity Walls ice cream, which we grew up eat­ing (and lov­ing) has in­stilled a sort of bias for no-frills desserts. Plus, the best of things are ar­guably the sim­plest. We head to the out­let with a fair amount of scep­ti­cism.

Once there, cou­ples and friends loi­ter­ing in the courtyard-like space out­side the store and the cute set-up with sooth­ing bis­cotti walls and a patch of green made with ar­tif­i­cal grass, helps cre­ate an invit­ing at­mos­phere.

The lim­ited range on of­fer fea­tur­ing au­then­tic flavours like Si­cil­ian pis­ta­chio, cof­fee and dark cho­co­late bodes well for us. The staffer be­hind the counter is help­ful and sweet and he nav­i­gates our child­like-cu­rios­ity with pa­tience, of­fer­ing us a spoon of all va­ri­eties avail­able and even go­ing so far as to sug­gest which ones can be paired in a sin­gle scoop for max­i­mum plea­sure. We ea­gerly wait for amarena and a waf­fle cone filled with hazel­nut gelato (R170 each for small with up to two flavours and R230 each for medium with up to three flavours).

Amarena is a dark red cherry pop­u­lar across Italy and pre­dom­i­nantly grown in Bologna and Mo­dena. This ice cream seems to cap­ture the tangy-sweet taste of the fruit per­fectly. The sweet treat is rich and has a palat­able raw­ness. We en­joy it as much as we do the hazel­nut flavour, which comes with a dense nutty af­ter-taste and is equally smooth. Per­haps if Zinta were aware of this out­let, she wouldn’t have had to go fran­tic on the streets of Aus­tralia, but oh well! At least we know where to go when the crav­ing kicks in.

TIME 12.30 pm to 12.30 am AT Cop­petto Ar­ti­san Gelato, Plot 117, Ban­dra West. CALL 9326124347

Cop­petto Ar­ti­san Gelato didn’t know we were there. The Guide re­views anony­mously and pays for meals IF love is at the crux of Valen­tine’s Day, then must it be ex­tended only to ro­man­tic part­ners, friends or fam­ily? Per­haps the beau­ti­ful in­ex­pli­ca­bil­ity of this emo­tion stems from the fact that you can love an an­i­mal as much as you love a hu­man. And so, this V-Day, show af­fec­tion to­wards the cutest be­ings on earth — dogs!

A col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween CinCin,

a BKC restau­rant, and Nashik-based Val­lone Vine­yard has led to the cre­ation of a unique ro­man­tic get­away where you can spend the spe­cial day with your lover amid ver­dant lawns while sip­ping on ex­quis­ite wines. The pack­age, which will also in­clude a ham­per filled with good­ies, will be up for bid­ding this Tues­day, and pro­ceeds from it will be do­nated to World for All, an an­i­mal care or­gan­i­sa­tion from Mum­bai. “There are many an­i­mals out there that need care and a home. I hope that more peo­ple take no­tice of that,” said the NGO’s co-founder Ruchi Nad­karni.

Speak­ing about the ini­tia­tive, founder of the Ital­ian eatery, Karyna Ba­jaj tells us, “We wanted to do some­thing dif­fer­ent and give back the love we have re­ceived.”

ON Fe­bru­ary 12, 12 pm till 10 pm LOG ON TO CinCin on In­sta­gram COST Bid­ding starts at R3,999

PICS/ASHISH RAJE

Amarena ice cream Hazel­nut ice cream.

Karyna Ba­jaj

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