Award-winning, authentically Italian, and even available to your doorstep anywhere in the country, luxury gelato producer Badiani is spreading gelato joy one deliciously creamy scoop at a time.
Far from your average gelateria, Badiani brings colourful boutique London neighbourhood shops serving up the best of Italian beer, small-producer wine, prosecco and gourmet hot chocolate, alongside playful, limited-edition seasonal specials created by master artisans in a secret lab.
Here’s the scoop
Not all ice is churned equally. Gelato isn’t just Italian for ice cream, it’s made differently from its British counterpart. Here are some ice-cold facts you never knew you needed:
- Gelato ingredients are mixed in much more slowly to avoid the creation of air bubbles and ice particles, giving it a much smoother texture.
- No aromas or additives here. Gelato is served less cold than ice cream, which means that the flavours can bloom more easily in your mouth so natural flavours are used because no extra oomph is necessary.
- And finally, gelato has less fat content than ice cream!
Creative estro runs in Paulo Pomposi’s blood, yet Badiani doesn’t shy away from keeping things simple. The signature Buontalenti (named in honour of Bernardo Buontalenti, the Florentine inventor of gelato) is as stripped-back as it gets, with the shortest ingredient list on the gelato market: milk, cream, sugar and eggs. Yet it has become Badiani’s world-famous trademarked flavour.
La Dolcevita was awarded the best flavour at the 2015 Gelato Festival. The Buontalenti base is layered with cocoa and Piedmont hazelnut sauce for a rich chocolate hit everyone is nuts about.
No dairy? No problem. Deliciously creamy, 100% vegan sorbets are made light and refreshing with seasonal fruits, or darkly decadent with Venezuelan dark chocolate (declared the creamiest chocolate sorbet in town!).
Thinking outside of the cone (or cup)
The joy of gelato shouldn’t be restricted to ‘one scoop or two?’ Badiani serves up a variety of original ways to get your fix, from cute frozen lollipops to celebration-worthy semifreddo cakes.
Delightfully decadent and individually handcrafted, the ice-ing on any celebration can be achieved with a pistachio or hazelnut chocolate flavour Gelato Cake. Each artisanal cake smothers creamy Buontalenti or La Dolcevita gelato over a light sponge base then drenches it with your chosen flavour of pistachio or hazelnut chocolate cream.
Pinguinos indulge in the childlike joy of ice cream on a stick. A variety of Badiani’s finest flavours are dipped in deliciously dark chocolate to create a crisp shell that adds some snap to your snack. Go one step cuter, and say ‘O’MG to one of the colourful doughnut-shaped versions.
Gelato joy isn’t the preserve of London living. Badiani delivers direct to doorsteps across the country, all in recycled, biodegradable or compostable packaging to boot! So whether you’re looking to satisfy cravings in Cardiff, get cool in Poole, or need to chill in the Wirral simply get online at badiani1932.com, place your order, then sit back and wait for la dolce vita to arrive at your door.
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