Gelato is our passion at Dolcino. We make it every day on site – it’s truly artisan – and we’re fussy about how it’s made. Using a top of the range Carpigiani gelato making machine, we also use high-quality ingredients, locally sourced where possible. And, of course, our greatest strength is our gelato making team.
Our chief gelato maker, Andrea Risato, has 600 hours of training and, on top of that, experience making artisan gelato in some of the busiest coastal locations in Italy. We decided to ask him about the art of gelato production and how he finds making it in Loughborough:
How did you learn to make gelato? I did a year-long gelato course in Padova, Italy. This comprised theory, but also a lot of practice. I also had the opportunity to participate in a summer apprenticeship at a parlour near Padova. Last summer I worked in two parlours in Cattolica e Riccione (near Rimini, Italy).
How is gelato made? Gelato is made with milk, sugar, cream and stabilizer. It’s important distinguishing gelato from sorbet. Gelato is milk-based and sorbet water-based – it doesn’t contain even cream.
The process I have been using to make gelato is quite easy. I prepare a base, that basically is the ‘fior di latte’ flavour. To this base I add different pastes or other ingredients later.
Which is your favourite gelato flavour? It’s a combination, dark chcocolate sorbet and banana sorbet.
Which flavours are most popular with customers? Excluding the gelato we use on all of our sundaes, crepes and waffles, the favourites are Ferrero Rocher, Kinder Bueno, Oreo and Strawberry.
What’s the weirdest flavour you’ve been asked to make? Maltesers.
How many flavours does Dolcino make? 24.
What’s the funniest thing a customer has said to you about gelato? “Do you have soft ice-cream?”, “No ma’am, sorry. Just gelato.”
Remember, you can get 25% off your gelato or indeed, off any of our desserts between 5.30 and 7 p.m. every Thursday and Friday until the end of May. To get your discount, you must request it on those times/days and mention where you saw the offer (e.g. email, blog, social media).