Cold Brew Coffee at Gelato Village Leicester
July 16, 2019

Cold Brew Coffee now available!

New for summer 2018 we now have cold brew coffee available in store. Just made with water and ground single origin coffee. This is then steeped for more than 20 hours to get the flavour and served from our new counter top tap. As with all of our coffee, we use Caffe Vergnano – a high quality and ethical coffee supplier from Italy.

Enjoy your cold brew coffee as it comes, or have it with ice cubes, sugar and milk to your taste. Of course our cups are all biodegradable and compostable if you choose to enjoy it to take away. Come and try the latest coffee craze for yourself here at Gelato Village.

Welcome to Gelato Village
June 29, 2019

5 of the best places in Leicester to go for ice cream or gelato

“Hooray, the sun’s shining – and it looks like it’s here to stay for the next few days at least.

Of course, we all know what goes hand in hand with glorious sunshine, don’t we?

Yes, a delicious ice cream, or gelato.

Here in Leicester, there’s some brilliant places serving up these sweet treats, so why not pop into one of these parlours?”

Read more at https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/whats-on/food-drink/5-best-places-leicester-go-3028658

 

We love how the Leicester Mercury knows that we make gelato and not ice cream. They are fantastic supporters of small local business in the city and always try to get the word out about what we are up to. Well, the weather is absolutely glorious today so we hope the whole of Leicester will pay us a visit and say ‘ciao’!

Gelato Village named the Best Dessert Parlour in the Midlands
June 25, 2019

Leicester’s Gelato Village named the best dessert parlour in the Midlands

Independent Leicester city centre business Gelato Village has scooped the title of best dessert parlour in the entire Midlands.

The St Martin’s Square eatery received the accolade at the 2019 Midlands Food Drink and Hospitality Awards, which were held in Birmingham last night.

 

Hailing from Turin in Italy, the pair create authentic Italian gelato, with a unique sense of place.

Leicestershire produce used at Gelato Village includes milk from Vine Farm Dairy and honey from The Bee Farmer.

Gelato varieties which give a nod to Leicester’s heritage include Alice Hawkins (lavender and white chocolate) and Richard III (fruits of the forest with homemade rose blossom essence).

 

Antonio and Daniele are currently in Turin speaking at the Turin Epicurean conference about their commitment to fantastic food, so they sent a deputy to receive the award on their behalf.

 

They said: “We are over the moon to have picked up such a high profile award. It is great that the judges were impressed by our use of the best quality seasonal and, where possible, local ingredients to make the best Italian gelato.

 

“We will continue to always make the very best product for the people of Leicester to enjoy and hope award will encourage even more people to visit Gelato Village and to find out all of the great things our fantastic city has to offer.”

Read more on the Leicester Mercury website here.

Bees swarming outside Gelato Village
June 22, 2019

Watch swarm of hundreds of bees!

Bees turned us into an Enviro crime scene this week! The insects decided to swarm on the tree outside Gelato Village. They must have heard how good our award winning Bee Happy gelato is. The swarm was quickly and kindly relocated by the Council, but it still made the paper in the interim! It did give us a chance to experiment with a new seating arrangement by the side door though.

They were in more danger located in the city centre. We’re glad it was resolved quickly. It’s good that we have more bees around. But not out the front of the shop! All of nature’s friends are friends of ours. This was a little too close for comfort however. Whatever will happen next. There is definitely never a dull moment here at Gelato Village.

“A swarm of bees caused a bit of a buzz in Leicester’s St Martin’s Square this afternoon.

Hundreds of the insects emerged from a nest in a tree alongside the centre’s entrance at the junction of Cank Street and Hotel Street.”

Read more at https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/watch-swarm-hundreds-bees-turn-3008255

 

Have you ever had a close encounter with bees? What is the strangest place you have seen a swarm? It is definitely not something we’ve ever heard of here in the city centre. Perhaps they were lured in by the beautiful planting at nearby Cathedral Gardens?

mango gelato is a seasonal favourite at Gelato Village
June 21, 2019

Mango season has arrived!

The most eagerly awaited part of the year has arrived at Gelato Village. Mango season is here!

Each year, our most popular recipes are Mango Lassi gelato and Mango sorbetto. Customers ask for them throughout the year. But fresh, high quality mangoes are only available for a short period in the summer. That precious few weeks has arrived for 2019.

As usual, we are bringing a variety of Kesar mango from India and Honey mango from Pakistan in store to craft into fresh gelato. Keep an eye on the board as which mango we are currently using will be detailed on the label. This can change from week to week, even day to day, depending on the supply of mangoes.

Mango Lassi gelato won third place in the international gelato competition at the Gelato Artigianale Festival in Agugliano, Italy in 2016. This is a blend of mango, yoghurt and cardamom. It was inspired by the flavours and likes of our diverse communities here in Leicester. If you prefer a non-dairy based treat, then try the refreshing mango sorbetto. This is water based and so is suitable for those who follow a dairy-free or vegan diet.

But the mango season soon passes, so don’t wait for too long to come and try these popular recipes. Remember, you can always have a free taste of a new flavour when you visit Gelato Village. Come and discover how delicious these beautiful fresh fruits are when made into authentic Italian gelato.

Remember, we are Slow Food Supporters, so we always source our ingredients ethically and sustainably.

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April 22, 2019

Why Gelato Village has given its staff a day off for Bank Holiday Monday

It’s pretty standard to see a queue of people eager for gelato in St Martin’s Square on a sunny day.

But if you were planning a trip to Gelato Village today to fill your hot weather treat craving you might be surprised to hear it is closed.

A sunny day is guaranteed to bring a crowd of gelato lovers but the business has decided to put its staff first and give them bank holiday Monday off.

The gelato business, which opened in 2014, will not re-open until 11am tomorrow to give its staff a well-earned rest.

Informing customers on Twitter, the business said this morning: “Bank Holiday Monday is our day of rest. We’re giving everyone the day off to enjoy the rest of Easter and the sunshine. So we’ll see you all tomorrow from 11am.”

 

Read more at the Leicester Mercury

Fresh ingredients at Gelato Village in Leicester
April 6, 2019

This is how Leicester’s Gelato Village responded to a ‘tasteless’ review

When it comes to sweet treats, plenty of Leicester folk swear by Gelato Village.

The dessert parlour produces fresh, authentic Italian gelato which has scooped a number of awards for the St Martins Square business.

And the reviews online nearly always match up to this – with an average Google Review of 4.8 out of 300 gradings.

So when one reviewer took to the ratings site to describe their products as ‘tasteless’ they jumped to their pastry’s defence.

Read more in the Leicester Mercury

Daniele Taverna of Gelato VIllage featured in Corriere
March 17, 2019

Gelato Village: The Taste of Italy in the centre of Leicester

A feature on Gelato Village in the Italian magazine, Corriere Della Sera

 Secondo me, sarebbe una bellissima idea. – Quando Antonio de Vecchi e Daniele Taverna hanno chiesto a un amico come vedesse il loro progetto di aprire una gelateria di tradizione italiana nel centro di Leicester, lui ha risposto così.  E da quella frase, detta quasi per scherzo, si può partire per raccontare la storia di Gelato Village.

Read the full article on Corriere Della Sera

Richard III gelato at Sigep
January 20, 2019

Gelato Village present Richard III at Sigep, Rimini

The Gelato Village team have appeared at the 40th Sigep – the trade show for artisan gelato, pastry and coffee. The festival takes place each year in Rimini, a coastal city in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy.

 

gelato making at Sigep Rimini
Fun and games in the Sigep Gelato Laboratory

 

As well as showcasing some of the world’s best products, the festival is a hive of activity for leading professionals across the globe to get together and share good practice. Proceeding our very own Antonio and Daniele on stage was leading gelatieri and past Gelato in the Square participant Paolo Brunelli with Italian Master Chef Alessandro Borghese.

Paolo Brunelli and Alessandro Borghese at Sigep 2019

 

King Richard III Gelato

Gelato Village’s own Antonio and Daniele were invited to Sigep to present their exclusive Richard III gelato. This recipe was developed to highlight Leicester’s rich history. Like all of Gelato Village’s gelati, it is made using fresh, natural ingredients without artificial preservatives, stabilisers or flavourings. The gelato blends a homemade rose blossom infusion with a fruits of the forest ripple in a nod to the last stand of the White Rose of the House of York at Bosworth during the War of the Roses.

Making Richard III gelato at Sigep

 

As well as presenting on their creation, the team used the festival Gelato Laboratory to create a batch of the gelato for guests to taste. It is being showcased as one of the flavours of the day alongside an extra virgin olive oil gelato made by fellow Maestro Gelatiere Mirko Tognetti. Mirko is the gelatiere at Cremeria Opera in Lucca. He participated in the Gelato in the Square event at Gelato Village in 2017.

 

Daniele Taverna, Antonio De Vecchi and Mirko Tognetti at Sigep 2019
Daniele Taverna, Antonio De Vecchi and Mirko Tognetti at Sigep 2019

 

Compagnia Gelatieri and Project Gelato

Both Gelato Village and Cremeria Opera’s gelatieri are participating as representatives of the Compagnia Gelatieri. This professional organisation is arranged by invitation only and includes the best gelato makers in the world, who are dedicated to the production of authentic Italian gelato using only fresh, natural and high quality ingredients.

 

 

These gelato chefs, along with others, have their recipes featured in Progetto Gelato, the new book from Andrea Soban. This publication is also being showcased for the first time at Sigep 2019. The book is aimed at those in the industry wishing to improve their professional practice, or for those who are new to gelato wishing to start up in business. Along with advice on selecting the best ingredients and advanced techniques, there are a range of recipes featured from some of the world’s best gelato makers. Gelato Village are extremely proud to have been invited to contribute to this publication.

Gelato Village win Best Food & Drink Producer award at Leicester Tourism Awards
December 10, 2018

Leicester’s Gelato Village enjoys a golden run of award success at home & abroad

It’s been an incredible week for the hardworking team at Gelato Village in Leicester
The artisan gelato makers have been honoured with not one, but three prestigious awards in the space of seven days. Up against stiff competition, they were crowned Best Local Food & Drink Producer at the Leicestershire Promotions 2018 Tourism & Hospitality Awards. At the glittering ceremony at Leicester’s Athena, the Gelato Village team’s commitment to using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients to carefully craft the finest quality authentic Italian gelato was recognised by a panel of esteemed judges.
This was quickly followed up with further honours – a win in the Lux Life Magazine Food & Drink Awards. These awards celebrate the finest establishments offering the most sumptuous food all around the globe.
And finally, at the closing ceremony of the MIG Longarone International Gelato Festival, Gelato Village received another gong. This time, it was the quality of their website and social media offer that was given second place in the Best Gelato on the Web competition. They fought off competitors from 59 countries to reach the podium in this huge international celebration of their industry. The judges were particularly impressed with the quality and quantity of information on the Gelato Village website, which ranks on Google as one of the top gelato resources in the world.
Co-owner of Gelato Village, Daniele Taverna, said:
“It is overwhelming to receive this degree of international attention in just one week. Our small business has celebrated four years of trading in 2018 and we continually strive to make the very best gelato for our customers to enjoy. It isn’t always easy as footfall in Leicester city centre is unpredictable! However, it is fantastic to receive independent confirmation on regional, national and international levels that our gelato really is something special. We’d like to thank everyone who has supported Gelato Village in 2018 for helping us to remain committed to high quality gelato that is Good, Clean and Fair.”
Winners at Longarone MIG
December 10, 2018

Gelato Village bags seconds place as Best Gelato on the Web

Molto partecipata poi la cerimonia di premiazione dei vari concorsi. Consegnati anche i premi del 17. concorso “Gelaterie in web 2018”, riservato ai migliori siti internet e pagine Facebook della gelateria. Quest’anno a vincere è stata Roberta Borlina della gelateria Via Piave di Noventa di Piave (VE), che ha preceduto Laura Hadland di Gelato Village di Leicester (Regno Unito) e, ex aequo al terzo posto, Max Fornaciari di Max Gelateria di Florianópolis (Brasile) e Giada Lovat di Gelateria Lovat di Jesolo (VE). A seguire la proclamazione del “Tiramisù”, quale “Gusto d’Europa”, promosso da Artglace – Confederazione delle Associazioni dei Gelatieri Artigiani dell’Unione Europea. Il gusto è stato preparato da Tomas Infante della “Gelateria Antiche Tentazioni” di Selvazzano Dentro (Veneto), vincitore della Gelato Tiramisù Italian Cup.

 

Read the full article on the MIG Longarone website

Cows at Vine Farm Dairy - their milk supplies Gelato Village in Leicester
November 13, 2018

Introducing Vine Farm Dairy

After four fantastic years of partnership, it is time for Gelato Village to wave a fond farewell to Alan and Jane at Belvoir Ridge Creamery. We wish them every happiness in their retirement and thank them for the amazing rare breed milk and cream that has been the cornerstone of our fresh gelato since we opened back in 2014.

Vine Farm Dairy logo milk at Gelato Village Leicester

Looking forward we’d like to introduce you all to James and Charlotte from Vine Farm Dairy. Their herd of happy Montbéliarde, Jersey and Holstein cows are now supplying our milk. The herd graze the green grass pastures of the farm in Great Dalby, 13 miles away from Gelato Village.

Their creamy whole milk is pasteurised but unhomogenised. This means that it has been gently heat treated to remove any harmful bacteria, but it has not been through the industrial processes of homogenisation, standardisation and separation so it retains all of its flavour and quality.

The milk is free range. The farm try to maximize the time the cows spend outside grazing in the Great Dalby pastures. In the spring and summer the cows have the freedom to roam around both night and day from field to field. Grazing is good for the cows and good for the milk. During the deep winter months the grass almost stops growing and becomes extremely wet,. Then the cows are housed inside and fed them with the grass that has been conserved as silage and straw in the summer months.

 

Cows at Vine Farm Dairy - their milk supplies Gelato Village in Leicester

Vine Farm Dairy at Gelato Village

Vine Farm Dairy’s milk is now the foundation for all of our dairy-based gelato. Remember, our gelato is made according to our own recipes. We only use fresh, natural ingredients. Everything is made at our in-store Gelato Laboratory. Just look through the windows to see the Lab in action! If you want to taste the difference that the Vine Farm Dairy makes, then pop into Gelato Village and ask for a taste of our Fior di Latte gelato. This is the flower of the milk – which showcases the flavour of this incredible raw ingredient.

Take it a stage further and you can buy Vine Farm Dairy milk from us by the litre. Just grab your bottle from our drinks fridge. Please return the bottles to us for recycling.

 

Fresh milk from Vine Farm Dairy

Daniele Taverna and Antonio De Vecchi win Gelato Festival heat
November 10, 2018

Leicester’s Gelato Village win Gelato Festival Challenge

Gelato Village’s Bee Happy gelato has claimed victory at the first heat in the Gelato Festival World Masters competition. Held at the headquarters of Carpigiani UK in Hereford, this was the first step on the road to global recognition.

 

The gelato, made using Leicestershire cow’s milk and local honey along with lemon zest and sage, went head to head with five other competitors from around the UK including Bristol and Cirencester.

A panel of experts judged the gelato for its flavour, structure, creativity and presentation. These criteria are designed to highlight the choice of ingredients and the technical skill demonstrated in the development of the recipe and the making of the fresh gelato on the day of the competition.

“Bee Happy has a special place in our hearts” said Maestro Gelatiere Antonio de Vecchi. “It showcases some of the excellent produce that comes from Leicester, such as The Bee Farmer‘s incredible honey. It’s a joy to have the quality of these ingredients and the passion that we put into our recipe development recognised by the judges.”

The competition is run by Carpigiani, the leading producer of machinery for the production of artisan gelato. Following their victory in the heat, Gelato Village will go on to the UK final in Summer 2020. Should they be successful there, they will compete at the world final in 2021, where the search for the greatest gelato chefs in the world will culminate.

The Maestri Gelatieri at Gelato in the Square, Leicester. Photo by Matt Glover Photography
November 1, 2018

World’s Leading Gelato Makers take Leicester by Storm

Over 1000 guests were surprised and delighted by the Gelato in the Square event at Gelato Village, Leicester this weekend.

The two day event saw ten of the world’s leading gelato chefs converge on Leicester city centre to create an unforgettable palatte of flavours and gelato experiences. From New York, Milan and London these artisan masters came to Leicester. They created fresh gelato at the in-store Laboratory each morning and exclusively used natural, seasonal and high quality produce.

Customers were treated to Memories of a Tortello – inspired by the butter-fried sage used to coat tortelli pasta – and Year after Year which examined the impact that time and patience has on the development of ingredients like Scotch whisky and chocolate.

Over 20 events, many of them free, were held at the St Martin’s Square gelateria and in partner venues around the city, with most of the tastings and workshop being free to participate in. They all examined the festival’s theme; “Gelato, a unique flavour journey”. The wild and wacky programme offered unique gastronomic experiences to all who participated, from a 5 course wine pairing tasting menu at the nationally renowned Delilah Fine Foods to tracing the role and impact of different yeasts in a delicious collaborative tasting by microbusinesses Planet Leicester Bakers and Anstey Ale Brewery.

The event closed with an award ceremony celebrating the achievements of the Maestri Gelatieri. Food writers Jan Egan, Tim Burke and Laura Hadland had the enviable task of judging each of the gelati, sorbetti and granite in terms of their flavour, balance, texture, structure and creativity, while a public vote running throughout the festival determined the people’s champion. The overall winner was Stefano Guizzetti of Ciacco in Milan. His flavour ‘Fiery Blackness’ was deemed to provide the greatest flavour journey – with bitter cocoa melding into spiced rum notes, which in turn gave way to a subtle but distinct fire from Trinidad Scorpion chilli.

The public favoured the unusual and complex gelato on offer the most too, voting Gianfrancesco Cutelli of De ‘Coltelli as their winner. His Green Variations sorbetto was a dairy-free creation which blended high quality Sicilian pistachio with semi-candied capers and oregano for a fusion of tastes including sweet, salty and aromatic.

“We are pleased that Leicester was as excited about this event as we were!” said Gelato Village co-owner Daniele Taverna. “We wanted to help people understand what makes authentic gelato so special and it was our pleasure to be able to bring our colleagues from around the globe to do that.”

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.

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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

GELATO VILLAGE, LEICESTER

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

http://thinkingofthedays.blogspot.com/2017/11/gelato-days-when-maestri-gelatieri-came.html

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

22/06/18

 

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

WHAT. IS. THIS?

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.