Unico Gelato & Caffe Launch

I was very excited to receive an email last week inviting me to the official Unico Gelato & Caffe launch!

My blog is a little blog. I only have a few readers and I’ve never received any kind of freebie as a result of having a blog, like being sent something to try out or read to review. So being invited to an official launch was quite something. It’s probably because they’ve spotted I’m a bit of a fan even before the launch…

It was a bit daunting to be at a real launch with bloggers and cameras and things. Being 8 months pregnant, I was kindly offered a seat alongside other bloggers (proper bloggers!) in front of the gelato bar, a place I am familiar with.

Unico Launch
Andrij Shevchenko, Gianfranco Zola, Roberto Di Matteo and Dennis Wise

Gianfranco Zola is one of the co-founders of Unico Gelato & Caffe so yesterday he officially launched it, bringing a few of his friends along to try it out too. Hubby joked in the morning that perhaps I should wear a ‘baby on board’ badge but Dennis Wise spotted that I am (quite obviously) pregnant and asked when I’m due. Zola was listening in so I suggested that, should I go into labour during the press launch, I could get free gelato for life! I’m sure that if I was a football fan I would have been quite nervous speaking to them. Even so, I’m not the kind of person to interrupt a conversation to ask for an autograph!

Zola said that, as a gelato-lover, he was fed up of travelling to and from Italy just for decent gelato, so he got behind the idea to open up a gelato shop in Bromley. Good plan!

There were various yummy products to try including, of course, the gelato. I had pistachio and crema bologna. Amazing! Apparently Magic Box, ‘pine nut custard gelato with whole toasted pine nuts’, is Zola’s favourite flavour. Dawn from MealsOurKidsLove.com was sitting next to me and tried Magic Box. She said it had a salty taste but that it was delicious.

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Zola telling us about gelato, and you can see our gelato cake in the freezer behind him!

Unfortunately I had to leave early to pick up our son from pre school so I missed out on a brief one-to-one interview with Zola along with whatever else happened after I left. Before I left I was given the choice of taking home free gelato or cake. I chose cake thinking it wouldn’t melt on the walk to pre school and then home. Oh was I wrong! Well, it didn’t melt, but the cake was a gelato cake!

We had considered buying a gelato cake for hubby’s 30th birthday celebrations but went for two large takeaway boxes of gelato instead. Our son, and his pre school teachers, were intrigued when I turned up with a box from Unico containing a pistachio and cioccolato gelato cake. I am still shocked that it is sitting in our freezer! Of course we tried some last night and it was delicious. I don’t think it will be in our freezer for long though.

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Pistachio and cioccolato gelato cake!!!!

So far, Unico has surpassed our expectations. I remember back in May seeing a sign in the white-washed shop window announcing that it would be a gelato bar, the same day that our offer was accepted on the house we now live in, and wondering when it would open and how good the gelato would be. Well, it’s mid-November and they’re doing a thriving business selling ice cream! Initially they didn’t even mention that Zola was involved, they just got going with it and the amazing gelato spoke for itself.

Unico are currently stocking Italian panettone from a particular bakery in Italy and also sell various home made cakes. And of course there is true Italian coffee which I am looking forward to getting a real taste of once I’ve had my baby!

Oh, and a big ‘thank you’ to baby for staying put so that I could attend the launch 🙂

Another trip to Unico

This seems to be a theme… hubby has a day off for a good reason like our son’s birthday or going away for a few days, it happens to coincide with a day our son is in pre school and we end up visiting Unico!

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White chocolate and Nettuno

On Thursday we visited for the second time and tested their outdoor seating, as well as a few new flavours. Hubby tried the white chocolate gelato and nettuno which is almond and amaretto. I had mixed berry and bacio, which contains whole hazelnuts! All very yummy. The mixed berry flavour was so intense. Really good. And it was nice sitting outside in the sunshine at the beginning of October!

We are yet to take our son to Unico. Partly because it would mean that every time we walk past it he’d be desperate to go in (he has good taste!). But partly it’s nice that it’s our little treat once in a while (or twice in two weeks…).

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Mixed berry and bacio

They have a new website that is up and running. It shows exactly where they are and there is a list of their flavours.

Whilst we were away at the weekend we visited Morelli’s in Broadstairs. Morelli’s is a pretty famous gelateria as they were probably the first to bring the wonder of gelato to the UK. They’re even in Harrods. However we think Unico tastes even better! Hubby had blood orange and chocolate and I just had one scoop of Nutella. Unico tastes more genuine, so come to Bromley and visit Unico!

Unico Gelato & Caffe Bromley

Fancy a good gelato? Head to Bromley!

Ever since visiting Sicily four years ago we have been in love with gelato. If we go anywhere, we check to see if there’s a gelateria nearby. We have been known to plan holidays based around the fact that there is a gelateria in the nearby area, such as a holiday to Broadstairs two years ago.

It is hard to find genuine gelato in the UK. If you go to Pizza Express, for example, they advertise their ice cream as gelato but it isn’t gelato. It’s ice cream. Places like Broadstairs and Folkestone have gelaterias which sell yummy genuine gelato. And now we have a gelateria right here in Bromley. This is amazing and also disastrous! The gelato is so good that we think it is the best gelato we’ve ever had outside of Italy. Now that is a bold claim.

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Unico Gelato & Caffe

Unico Gelato & Caffe opened at the end of August. They sell coffees, a few bakery items but mostly gelato. We visited on Monday morning, a quiet time on a wet day. They make the gelato fresh so we actually ended up wandering around Bromley for 10 minutes so that we could have fresh pistachio gelato, always our number one choice, when it was ready. Another flavour we wanted to try wasn’t ready and whilst we were sitting eating the gelato we had bought, they brought us a free taster scoop once that flavour was ready!

So I chose pistachio for one scoop and ‘tortino’ which is chocolate with small pieces of chocolate cake in for my second scoop. Hubby chose mascarpone with melted hazelnut chocolate (which is at the bottom of the cup) and ‘bologna’ which is vanilla, egg and something else.

The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable and you can taste before you buy. Two scoops of gelato in a cardboard cup or a wafer cup is £3. The flavour combinations available sound delicious and there is often a sign outside advertising their gelato flavour of the week. They also sell gelato cakes. Yes you read that right. And you can buy tubs of gelato to take home.

Gelato
Gelato

A normal gelateria does not have any seating as you buy the gelato and then wander off. At Unico, however, there are a few stools and tables so that you can enjoy your coffee and gelato indoors. Obviously thinking about the English weather. But they are putting some seats outdoors soon.

It’s a shame they weren’t able to open earlier in the summer as that would obviously be prime time to buy gelato. Not that that will stop us dropping by in the middle of January! We really hope they will be successful and stay open.

If you’re in Bromley, go and try some yummy gelato. It is worth every penny.