We went to Prime Gelato in Soho to try out Mirko’s range of proper Italian gelato.
Mirko is from Italy originally and you can tell because so is everything else in his shop, from the Ferrari of ice cream machines to the pistachios that he imports from Sicily (they’re the best dontcha know!). J was very impressed by the gleaming chrome machines but I was instantly drawn to the counter as that’s where the gelato was. Unlike other shops Mirko doesn’t leave his gelato open to the elements, the lids on top maintain the constant perfect temperature, but thats only indicative of his devotion to the religion of gelato! We sampled pretty much most of his range of gelatos and sorbets. I loved the nut flavours, espcially the hazelnut (imported from Turin) and the peanut which Mirko carefully balanced with his own recipe for salted caramel to make the poshest Snickers gelato ever (I’m not sure that’s the frame of reference he would use!)
Normally I’m not a fan of sorbet, finding them too gritty or crunchy. But those amazing machines come into their own allowing Mirko to create almost creamy tasting sorbets with the purest fruit flavours, I especially liked the mango, a blast of sunshine on these wintery days.
Mirko also does vegan gelatos, much to the delight of our friend and fellow blogger Naomi who can’t eat dairy. We sampled some and I have to say for vegan gelato they were pretty darn good. And at only for a small cup I don’t think you can get better gelato in London. We watched Mirko very sweetly offer a free cone to someone who had already purchased a strawberry cone from a competitor. Frankly it’s good marketing because once you taste Mirko’s gelato you won’t be going anywhere else!
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Thank you to Naomi for inviting us, and Mirko for a fun evening. Great also seeing fellow bloggers Amy and Tim.