|In case you were in any doubt...|
Before we even get to the ice cream, a word needs to be said about the receptacles: cones seem to be a recurring theme at Amorino. If you order a cone, you get a second one stuck in the top of your ice cream, presumably for the sake of symmetry, and even those who order a cup don't get left out. As it happens, C doesn't like cones very much, but A wasn't complaining: more for him.
|C's cup with a cone|
Amorino doesn't do ice cream by the scoop, as is so typical of other parlours. Rather, you pick the size of your container and can fill it with as many flavours as you please. They also make it look rather attractive, using a flat spatula to create a kind of flower petal effect. The result is that you admire your ice cream a great deal even before you tuck in.
|A's cone with a cone in it|
The flavours which Amorino serves up are fantastic. A went for speculoos (a kind of Belgian caramel biscuit), toffee and dark chocolate: a wickedly decadent combination and a sugar rush to match the fudge from a little while ago. The dark chocolate was extremely dark, rich and velvety, and a pretty good chocolate had clearly been used. The speculoos and the toffee were quite similar in flavour - though this was probably to be expected - but both were creamy, sweet and absolutely indicative of the flavour of the underlying foodstuff. A appreciatively lapped up his choices in super-quick time.
In contrast to A, C thinks that ice cream is all about light, fruity flavours and she opted for pear, lemon and banana (and chocolate, because this is kind of a fruit. Cocoa grows on trees.) The chocolate was not as rich as A's but still intense and very enjoyable, and the lemon was lip-puckeringly sour, just how C likes it. The stand-out flavours, however, had to be the pear and banana; a bit more unusual, they were very tangy and refreshing. C jokingly complained there wasn't a peach option (flavour of the month for her), but there wasn't much space in her cup anyway, so she wasn't too upset.
Amorino is expensive: a big ice cream costs you about £6, but it is absolutely amazing and not out of kilter with other ice cream places in the area such as Snog near Leicester Square, Yog in Goodge Street or Ice Creamists in Covent Garden. The ice cream is certainly authentic, as both A and C can testify having spent time in Italy, and of the highest quality. We'll definitely be going back!