There is something rather wonderful about finding a lovely coffee shop where there is a place to sit and delicious coffee and cake to be had. La Gelatiera in New Row, WC2, London, was the place. With the easy music playing, it was a very inviting and welcoming place. I might know no-one here, and it might be rather cold outside, but inside it is a little oasis of taste and comfort. It is actually an ice cream place! But I didn’t look up to read the sign – I just followed my nose to where the aroma of coffee was coming from. It is a wonderful Italian place – so the coffee, as expected, was great, as was the warmed chocolate cake with a dollop of caramel salted ice cream on top. There were many ice cream flavours to choose from, and the one I chose was yummy. They certainly are an artisan gelato place. The square plate that the cake is served on has a helpful lip edging to it, so that if the ice cream melts a little, the platter is enough of a shallow bowl to contain all the delicious flavour.
It is a cosy place – more geared up for taking away the gelato gold in tubs and cornets than for stopping inside and sitting. But there are a few bench seats around small tables. It is a great place. And it is a popular place for lovers to sit and huddle up to each other, scooping ice cream into each other’s mouths – and kiss while they are at it. This is a taste of Italy after all!