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.
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.
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.
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 🙂