Welcome to Gelato Village
Leicester’s only authentic Italian gelateria
Gelato Village is the product of the passion for food held in the hearts of two Italians, natives of the Piedmont region which is the birthplace of the Slow Food Movement. Opening in the heart of independent Leicester in August 2014, we are committed to creating true Italian gelato with a unique sense of place.
Local and Global
The cornerstone of our gelateria is our milk. This is rare breed milk from a single herd of Ironstone Red Poll cows at Belvoir Ridge Creamery in Leicestershire. This herd the only one in the UK to preserve the Red Poll breed in such an authentic state. The farm is independent from contracts with supermarkets etc. This gives them the freedom to farm in a more gentle, sustainable manner. The milk is un-homegenised and seasonal because the herd’s browse changes over the year.
We sell the milk by the litre in the gelateria and supporting other local producers such as The Bee Farmer from Ashby-de-la-Zouch. Without this Leicestershire inspiration, it simply wouldn’t be Gelato Village any more. This sense of place is also reflected in stock recipes like Alice Hawkins (lavender and white chocolate gelato) and Richard III (fruits of the forest with homemade rose blossom essence) which give a nod to Leicester’s heritage.