October 21, 2018

Leicester becomes home to the world’s best gelato

Award-winning Gelato Village in Leicester is bringing a star-studded line up of gelato makers to the Midlands city at the end of October.

Their second annual Gelato in the Square event will celebrate the unique stories that artisan gelato tells. These are master craftspeople whose creations reflect seasonality, local produce, folk memory and food heritage.

Six leading gelaterias from around the world will be flying their teams to St Martin’s Square in Leicester. This includes L’Albero Dei Gelati of Brooklyn, New York. They will be presenting ‘Year after Year’, a gelato which celebrates the unique impact of time and patience in the production of complex flavour profiles.

Giovanna Musumeci of Pasticceria Musumeci in Sicily will be putting Leicester’s palates to the test by offering a gastronomic tomato granita. This will be served on toasted bread with burrata and basil in the style of a bruschetta.


All of the gelato makers are committed to using only the best ingredients, and do not use any artificial stabilisers, preservatives or flavourings. Half of the 17 flavours will be dairy-based. The gelatieri will have to adapt their recipes so that they work in balance with the rare breed Leicestershire cow’s milk that Gelato Village will provide from the local Belvoir Ridge Creamery’s single herd of Red Poll cattle. The other half of the recipes on offer will be water-based, meaning that they are suitable for vegans and others who follow a dairy free diet.

Running over 27th and 28th October, the event is being put on in collaboration with the newly established BID Leicester. They make funding available to BID area businesses to support events that make Leicester a more attractive place to visit.

Simon Jenner, BID Leicester director:

“Gelato in the Square is a great event, giving us a taste of some of the world’s best gelato right here in Leicester. We are pleased to be supporting Gelato Village with this event which can help to benefit the whole BID area by raising Leicester’s profile as well as bringing more people into the city centre.”

As the gelato is served using traditional spatulas, rather than scoops, visitors to Gelato Village will be able to enjoy a cup or cone of up to three festival flavours, regardless of what size they choose. Throughout the two day event there will be a series of free workshops and tastings that look at the journey of the ingredients in more detail. Foodies can also get stuck in at ticketed gastronomic events. There is also a 6 course Taster Menu pairing gelato with Italian wine at neighbouring Delilah Fine Foods, the UK’s leading deli. Tickets for this unique menu cost £32 and are available from Delilah on 0116 296 3554.

“We want to shout out about what makes authentic gelato different. Creating a complex gelato in perfect balance takes knowledge and skill.” said Daniele Taverna, co-owner of Gelato Village. “Using the best quality ingredients always shines through. We, and our colleagues, are dedicating to respecting Slow Food principles and seasonality and we can’t wait for everyone to try the results of our hard work!”

Admission to Gelato in the Square is free, just pay for the gelato you consume.

For more information, visit our website.


The L'Albero dei Gelati team are visiting Gelato Village in Leicester in 2018
October 14, 2018

Gelato In The Square Returns With Amazing New Flavours

Hurrah! Gelato in the Square is back again this month. In Leicester we’re already lucky enough to get to enjoy world class gelato every day of the week at Gelato Village, but from 26 – 28 October you’ll be able to enjoy a range of other delights as some of the world’s top Gelatieri join us for the event.

Throughout the festival there will be a series of events and talks, but read on because here we have the first look at the gelato flavours that will be presented during Gelato in the Square. With some wildly unique flavours this is really a unique chance to enjoy some of the finest gelato you can find anywhere in the world.

This year’s theme is ‘Gelato: a unique flavour journey’ and the gelatieri will be taking this as their inspiration to craft bespoke gelato which showcase their very best ingredients.

Read more at Cool As Leicester

Gianfrancesco Cutelli at Gelato in the Square Leicester, a Gelato Village event
October 12, 2018

Gelato in the Square event returns to Leicester

The award-winning Gelato Village in the city centre’s St Martin’s Square will present its second Gelato in the Square event on 27th and 28th October.

The event, which is in collaboration with BID Leicester, will celebrate the unique stories that artisan gelato tells.

Six leading gelaterias from around the world will be flying their teams to the city for the event, including L’Albero Dei Gelati of Brooklyn, New York. Their team members, Fabio Solighetto and Vittoria Vinante, will be presenting ‘Year after Year’, a gelato which celebrates the unique impact of time and patience in the production of complex flavour profiles.

Read more at Pukaar News

The Gelato Lab at Gelato Village in Leicester
September 29, 2018

Sherbeth: International Festival of Artisan Gelato

We are halfway through the international festival of artisan gelato that is Sherbeth. The streets of Palermo are packed with thousands of people enjoying some of the best gelato in the world. 50 Maestri Gelatiere from all over the world have assembled in Sicily to share their unique expressions of flavour. This includes Leicester’s very own fantastic Gelato Village.

Antonio De Vecchi from Gelato Village at Sherbeth

The long, narrow streets of Palermo are alive with locals and tourists alike. Their palates are being tantalised by a range of global flavours. Sherbeth is one of the biggest artisan gelato festivals there is, dedicated to traditionally produced, natural gelato. Each morning, the gelatieri from 9 different countries take their shift in the temporary Gelato Laboratory to construct the day’s treats.

Read more at The Extreme Housewife

The gelolly is registered to Gelato Village in Leicester
August 22, 2018


The heatwave shows no sign of ending so to bring our temperatures down a bit, we headed to an ice cream parlour in the St Martin’s area of Leicester city centre. Gelato Village came to Leicester in 2014 but it’s taken us until now to discover the place, better late than never I guess.

Read more at @rtisan Traveller

vegan sorbetto, vegan dessert
August 21, 2018

Letter from Leicester – Gelato included

The trip to Leicester was an impulse – something to do with the heatwave, and meeting Antonio De Vecchi and Daniele Taverna in Turin. All we talked about in Turin was food, and their passion was gelato…so much of a passion that they started Gelato Village in Leicester, England.

I’d never been to Leicester. Now I had two reasons to go.

Read more at The Phraser

The master gelato makers at Gelato Village in Leicester
August 17, 2018

Gelato Village in Leicester is welcoming the world’s best gelatieri to festival

If you’ve been wowed by the sweet treats at Leicester’s Gelato Village, then you won’t want to miss the second annual Gelato in the Square festival later this year.

Taking place on October 27 and 28, the event will feature some of the best gelato makers in the world – and some pretty amazing gelato.

Gelato Village are using their network of international contacts to bring six of the biggest names in gelato to their St Martin’s Square gelateria.

The maestri gelatieri will be creating unique recipes in the on-site laboratory, crafting bespoke gelato that represent this year’s theme, ‘Gelato: A Unique Flavour Journey’.

“Here at Gelato Village we are dedicated to using the best quality seasonal ingredients” said Daniele Taverna, one of the Leicester shop’s co-owners.

“We have rigorous quality checks in place to make sure that the gelato makers we invite to Leicester meet our high standards so that our Leicester community can enjoy something new and inspirational during the event.”

Read more at the Leicester Mercury

King Richard III, Leicester, gelato
August 11, 2018

National Plum Day

Then Antonio got in contact…he and Daniele run Gelato Village in Leicester…..my favourite geleratia outside of Italy. I’ve written about them in the past here


Antonio hasn’t made damson sorbetto before but thought he might like to try. So on Monday I put three kilos in my wicker basket and dropped them off at the geleratia, only a few minutes walk from work.

The next morning I received a call. “It’s ready ” said Antonio, and I could tell he was pleased with the flavour when he sent this tweet.

Read more at Thinking of the Days

gelatiere at work, gelato making
June 29, 2018

Gelato Village reveal how they make their award-winning gelato in Leicester

If you live in Leicestershire, then there’s a good chance that you’ve heard of Gelato Village.

And if you’ve ever tried their award-winning gelato for yourself, there’s an even bigger chance that you thought it was delicious.

The St Martins shop was opened by Daniele Taverna and Antonio De Vecchi in 2014, after they spotted a gap in the market in Leicester.

Hailing from Turin in Italy, the pair have since won lots of fans in the city, as well as earning national and international praise.

Striving to create the most authentic gelato you can get your hands on outside of their homeland, the pair source their ingredients one by one for seasonal creations that include ricotta and apricot and mango lassi.

But while it’s no secret that the shop is probably the best place to try the treat in Leicester, have you ever wondered how they make it?

Read more at the Leicester Mercury

bonet gelato, bonet italy
June 22, 2018

5 great places to get ice cream or gelato in Leicester

Gelato Village, St Martin’s Square

Leicester’s only authentic Italian gelato is made fresh in-store every day, using only natural ingredients, including non-homogenised milk from the Belvoir Ridge Creamery near Melton Mowbray.

The daily-changing flavour selection includes the likes of pistaccio, tiramisu, and Richard III (rose blossom and fruits of the forest).

There’s also a range of sorbets available.

Read more at Leicester Mercury



February 5, 2018

Suffragette hero Alice Hawkins celebrated by Gelato Village

In the centenary year of the Representation of the People Act, Leicester’s Gelato Village have joined in with the celebration of Alice Hawkins’ dedication to women’s rights and the improvement of working conditions.

December 9, 2017

See the biggest ever real ice rink in Leicester as it opens for business

Mulled wine, apple juice, canapes and mini treats from Gelato Village were also available for skaters to feast on.

December 1, 2017

Think it’s too cold outside for gelato? Gelato Village has you covered with its Winter Warmers menu

Gelato Village has got to be one of the worst-kept secrets among foodies in Leicester.

Their authentic, homemade gelato is the closest thing to Italy you’ll get in the city, and has bagged the shop heaps of awards.

November 27, 2017

Compagnia Gelatieri alla Mostra del Gelato di Longarone 2017

Nasce dalla Compagnia Gelatieri la proposta , accettata da molte altre associazioni, di organizzare la CENA DEL GELATIERE durante la Mostra Internazionale del Gelato Artigianale (MIG di LOngarone (BL).

November 24, 2017

Piemonte flavored gelato in the UK

If you love gelato as much as we do, you will love this post by Laura Hadland about Gelato Village, in Leicester, UK. This is the gelateria founded by our Twitter and Instagram friends Antonio and Daniele, both from Turin

November 20, 2017

Gelato Village teams up with new Leicester pub to launch unique pop-up

To celebrate the switch-on of Leicester’s Christmas lights, two foodie businesses in the city are coming together to host a unique festive pop-up.

This Thursday, November 23, Gelato Village will be taking their cart of delights to the terrace of Knight and Garter, where they will be serving six delicious flavours of gelato and sorbetto.

November 7, 2017

Gelato days – when the Maestri Gelatieri came to town

It may be Autumn, but last weekend I was taken back to Italian summer evenings on the shores of Lake Garda, to afternoons of stifling heat in Florence, and stolen moments outside Leicester Cathedral on warm, sunny lunch breaks.

November 4, 2017

The 10 best cafes in Leicestershire – according to TripAdvisor

#1. Gelato Village
Perhaps unsurprisingly the first on the list is another St Martins Square venue – Gelato Village.
What goodies will you find in the Gelato Village cabinet?

October 31, 2017

Gelato in the Square event success!

The UK’s first celebration of artisan Italian gelato saw ten of the world’s finest Maestri Gelatieri descend on Gelato Village in Leicester last weekend. As well as bringing incredible new tastes to the people of the city – including Chocolate & Tuscan Cigar – the event provided an opportunity for visitors to learn more about the craft behind traditional gelato making and the careful sourcing of ingredients that goes into its creation.

October 27, 2017

eatpiemonte.com: Agrimontana Leicester Gelato

Da oggi al 29 ottobre Agrimontana sbarca a Leicester (UK) in occasione di “Gelato in the Square”, l’evento ideato dagli intraprendenti Artisti del Gelato Gelato Village.

October 26, 2017

World’s best gelato makers coming to Leicester for first ever festival

Fellow fans of gelato, the time is almost here!

Leicester’s first ever gelato festival is taking place this weekend, and it’s set to be a fantastic event.

‘Gelato in the Square’ is the first event of its kind in the UK and will take place from Friday, October 27, to Sunday, October 29.

October 25, 2017

Argenti Italian Food: Gelato in the square

Unique celebration of artisan gelato comes to Leicester
Gelato Village is bringing ten of the world’s top Maestro Gelatieri to the UK

October 23, 2017

gelatonews.it: Leicester gelato in the square con Gelato Village

Gelato Village gelateria italiana di Leicester, fondata nel 2014 da Antonio De Vecchi e Daniele Taverna, ha invitato artigianalenel Regno Unito alcuni dei migliori gelatieri italiani per un evento, il primo del suo genere, che ha l’obiettivo di promuovere e far conoscere al grande pubblico inglese le particolarità del vero gelato artigianale italiano.

October 21, 2017

Sugar Darling: Gelato in square

Leicester gelato fans we are in for another treat thanks to the wonderful Gelato Village team! From 27th to 29th of October ten of the world’s best ‘Maestri Gelatieri’ are heading to Leicester to take part in Gelato in the Square. This will be a weekend celebration of this wonderful sweet treat, it’s innovative chefs and creators and the slow food producers that provide the best quality ingredients for my favourite cold dessert.

October 16, 2017

Eyes on the prize: Gelato in the Square

Details out today of the Gelato in the Square festival put together by Gelato Village. Daniele and Antonio have been regularly going back to Italy and building a name for themselves in the gelato fraternity – with such effect that the flow is being reversed and some of Italy’s top makers are coming over to Leicester to celebrate all things gelato and the Slow Food approach in general.

June 16, 2017

“With hands in gelato”: Via del Gelato 2016

This article is taken from Italian gelato website Jo Pistacchio and translated and adapted to English by Gelato Village…

June 11, 2017

Gelato Artigianale Festival di Agugliano 2017, i vincitori del trofeo Agrimontana

Ieri sera sono stati premiati i primi tre classificati del concorso Coppa Agugliano Agrimontana:
– “Variazioni sul verde” (sorbetto di pistacchio con capperi ed origano)
gelateria De Coltelli di Pisa di Gianfrancesco Cutelli.

– “Maritozzo” (crema anice verde di Castignano ed uva morena)
gelateria Makì di Fano (PU) di Antonio Luzi.

– “Bee happy” (miele di Leicester, limone e Salvia)
gelateria Gelato Village di Leicester (UK) di Daniele Taverna ed Antonio de Vecchi

June 11, 2017

​Watch Gelato Village’s maestro gelatiere making their Italian artisan gelato

If there’s the slightest glimmer of sunshine in the sky, you can pretty much guarantee that a certain gelato business in the centre of Leicester will be teeming with foodies, eager for a scoop of delicious dessert…

February 14, 2017

Leicester Mercury – St Martin’s Square to undergo multi-million pound investment to transform it into ‘Leicester’s Soho’

Gelato Village excited in meeting new St. Martins Square owners and the great plans in development for the area

February 14, 2017

Gelato Success Stories Worldwide from Carpigiani Gelato University

Gelato Village, of St Martins Square, Leicester, features in YouTube video “Success stories from all continents around the world” – be the next to change your life with Carpigiani Gelato University!.

October 29, 2016

Leicester Mercury – Gelato Village named best dessert outlet in England

Gelato Village, which opened in St Martin’s, Leicester, in summer 2014, picked up the prize at the Food Awards England 2016.

June 21, 2016

Leicester Mercury – Gelato Village wins award at international Gelato Artigianale Festival

An Italian dessert parlour has won a top award at an international ice cream festival.

Gelato Village, of St Martins Square, Leicester, was praised at the three-day Gelato Artigianale Festival, in Agugliano, Italy.

May 16, 2016

BBC World Service: The gelato of the English Premier’s champions

The city of Leicester, here in the UK, is home of the surprise winners of the English premier league this season. Several local businesses have spared no effort to back Leicester City. One of them is the Gelato Village which has created the ‘Gelato of the champions’ in honour of the Leicester boss, Claudio Ranieri and his team. Daniele Taverna –the owner of the ice cream parlour– spoke to Newsday.

(Caption: An ice-cream from Leicester’s Gelato Village. Credit: Gelato Village)

May 16, 2016

Leicester, my Disneyland

I tried. I travelled the 1,300 miles that separate Rome from Leicester imagining what I would find. I put my pen and notebook into my backpack determined to write a report on the miracle of Leicester City. I swear I tried…

May 4, 2016

La Repubblica – Chirurghi e ristoratori la città degli “italians”

Ci sono i cardiochirurghi che salvano le vite dei bambini, uno è un enfant prodige veneto, l’altro un luminare di Milano che ha due anni più di Ranieri. Ci sono i migliori ristoratori italiani d’Inghilterra, infatti il mister li conosce bene.

May 2, 2016

La Repubblica – Gli italiani di Leicester in attesa del trionfo dei Foxes: “Ranieri eroe”

Se non fosse per la favola dei Foxes di mister Ranieri, Leicester sarebbe potuta rimanere rilegata nell’immaginario collettivo come una delle piazze centrali di Londra.

May 1, 2016

NOS.nl – Leicester City moet kampioenschap nog even uitstellen

From NOS – Nederlandse Omroep Stichting – Netherlands Public Broadcasting system

August 9, 2015

The Hinckley Times – Popular parlour named one of the UK’s best for ice cream

A popular ice cream parlour in land-locked Leicester has been named as one of the best in the country.

Users on international review site TripAdvisor have rated Gelato Village, in St Martin’s Square, as the sixth best ice cream shop in the country.

August 7, 2015

Leicester Mercury – Gelato Village named top ten in the country

A Leicester business has been revealed as one of the top 10 ice cream parlours in Britain by the TripAdvisor website.

Gelato Village, in St Martin’s Square, came sixth in the UK, based on reviews and opinions posted on the website.

The ice cream parlour opened last August and is run by owners Daniele Taverna and Antonio De Vecchi.


August 7, 2015

North Devon Journal – Gelato Village in Top 10 Ice Cream Parlours in UK


TripAdvisor has revealed the UK’s 10 best ice cream parlours… but there is no mention of any creamy Devon goodness!

The top place goes to Di Polas in Hastings but from there the rage grows and, whisper it, Cornwall are in second place with Perranporth’s Perran Dairy Ice Cream Parlour.

Heck, there’s even a mention for Somerset’s PJ’s Ice Cream Parlour and ANOTHER Cornish parlour in Moomaid of Zennor in St Ives.


July 22, 2015

Leicester Mercury – Independent food festival launched in city

An independent food festival, selling pizza, curry, ice cream, cakes, barbecue food and other cuisine, is being launched in the city.

The new event, called Leicester’s Independent Food Festival, will take place on the August bank holiday, Monday, August 31.

July 11, 2015

A Penny in the Fountain – Gelato Village Issimo Launch!

Hi everyone!
So last night I was lucky enough to be invited to the launch of Gelato Village’s new ice cream flavour range. Its called the Issimo range and it’s absolutely glorious. The flavours are so incredibly delicious, I honestly love them so much.

July 11, 2015

Extreme Housewifery – The Fantastic Issimo Range at Gelato Village

We popped back down to Gelato Village last night for an extra special midnight feast. It was a fantastic party, showcasing the new range, called Issimo. Made with the usual Gelato Village artistry, fresh ingredients and no artificial preservatives, so it’s fresh and delicious, the Issimo range is designed to give an extra special taste sensation. But as the ingredients are seasonal it’s not going to be around forever! The range will be available to the public from 18th July 2015 and we’ll see how long it sticks around for.

July 5, 2015

Leicester Mercury – Leicestershire’s favourite ice cream parlours

What better way to cool down in the hot weather than with an ice cream from one of Leicestershire’s finest parlours?

We’ve been asking Mercury readers to submit their favourite establishments to enjoy a summer-time treat from and a whole host of different suggestions have arrived whetting the appetite, so we’ve picked out some of our favourites.


June 19, 2015

Extreme Housewifery – I’m in Italian-inspired heaven – at Gelato Village #Leicester

It’s been a good week. We’ve had food and beer matching, there’s been Leicester’s first frozen yoghurt, and of course I’m still embraced by the warm glow of the memory of our week in Catalonia. So I didn’t know it could get any better, that it would get better, and that I would meet even more incredible people and try amazing things here in our lovely city of Leicester.

June 15, 2015

Sugar Darling? – Gelato Village, Leicester

You know, really exciting things are happening in my home city of Leicester and it’s just wonderful. After the crash the high streets seemed to become the soulless home to chain store after chain store and I found it oh so depressing. I’m so so pleased that I can walk through Leicester now and visit little indy shops, restaurants and cafes – it feels wonderful to support local creatives and entrepreneurs, help boost the local economy and know that I’m contributing to my community. One of my absolute favourite places in Leicester is now St Martins Square, home to lots of lovely independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. Walking through St Martins feels like you’ve stumbled upon a wonderful hidden artist’s area of Milan or Rome and that feeling is heightened when you look into the sparkling interior of Gelato Village a beautiful cafe serving gelato, sorbetto, Italian pastries and much more.

June 8, 2015

Leicester Mercury – Salted Peanut and Chocolate Gelato

If you have a taste for burgers produced with flair and originality, make a beeline for Crafty Burgers, says Tim Burke. But make sure you’re hungry…

St Martin’s Tea and Coffee has been one of the most lively independent businesses in Leicester city centre for years. After starting life as a cookware shop, it opened a coffee roastery, then combined the two businesses and opened a cafe, which eventually swallowed up the cookware business.


April 4, 2015

Italo Europeo – Guilt-Free Gelato and Richard III

It’s a tumultuous time in the city of Leicester, with the last Plantagenet King, Richard III, finally being laid to rest. Festivities galore have lined the streets of the city for weeks, but less than 500 feet away from the Cathedral, at the city’s beating heart, celebrations have taken on an Italian tone.

March 4, 2015

Good neighbours become good friends!

Here at Just we like to think of ourselves as good, if slightly nosey, neighbours! Having been part of the little retail community in St Martin’s Square for five years, we’re always keen to keep up with the comings and goings of the shops moving in and out.
January 26, 2015

Leicester Mercury – Authentic Taste of Italy

It looks like ice cream but tastes better and – best of all – it won’t give you a nasty brain freeze. Gemma Peplow’s latest shopping scoop features the creamy goodies on offer at Gelato Village

Fed up of it being grey and freezing and dreary and generally rubbish outside? Us too. Which is why we’ve spent the last few days searching for the perfect antidote to all this rubbish January weather.


November 10, 2014

Rock Paper Whisk – Gelato Village Review

I don’t know about you, but I prefer Italian ice cream to the usual ones we get here. For many years, I’ve been complaining about how much I hate the ice creams you get here, and how I miss the ones I used to have when I went to Italy.

August 18, 2014

Leicester Mercury – Italian dessert cafe to launch in Leicester

An Italian dessert cafe is to launch in Leicester later this week.

Gelato Village, which will provide four new jobs, will open at St Martin’s Square on Friday.

The store has taken over the former space of sports and casual wear shop, Magic Toast, following a refurbishment of more than £100,000.