Finally the ice-cream summer we have all been waiting for. Dri Dri Gelato must have the best timing for a shop opening ever. They opened their doors on Portobello road yesterday on what was the hottest day of the year so far in London. When MTV boyfriend and I popped in for a cheeky ice-cream today the queue was starting to go out the door and onto the road.
Hand modelling by MTV boyfriend
The shop front is pretty small and there is no room to really eat in. All the ice-cream is kept in metal counter covered with lids so you can’t choose by sight which is a little frustrating but I would hazard a guess this protects the ice-cream more. The ice-cream is made fresh in the shop every day using a process called mantacazione where the ingredients are mixed and at the same time frozen to give it an authentic Italian taste. There are no artificial flavourings, colourings or preservatives. Instead flavouring comes from actually using pistachio from Sicily in the pistachio ice-cream and biscuits from Lugano in the biscotto. But importantly, does it taste any good?
Waffle cones ready to go
Rigorous taste testing by both myself and MTV boyfriend (who is a picky man when it comes to ice-cream) can confirm that Dri Dri’s ice-cream is really good. They have actually managed to capture the creamy taste that gelati in Italy has which is far, far removed for the watery, icy stuff that is often passed off as gelati in London. The ice-cream is served in tubs or in crisp, tanned waffle cones. We particularly liked the creamy, almost nutty amaretto flavour and the richness of the biscotto flavour.
Fresh ingredients ready to go
Details: 189 Portobello road, Notting Hill W112ED, Tube: Notting Hill Gate or Ladbroke Grove
Damage: £2.90 for a small cone with two scoops