Food Review: Nonna’s Gelato

A great little find on a sunny afternoon in east London

After a stroll along Regent’s canal, my date and I had worked up an appetite for something that would leave us satisfied and content on a sunny Saturday afternoon. We opted for the bustling delights of Broadway Market, an east London gem popular with families and hipsters alike, where crowds of locals and visitors come to tuck into fantastic food, soak up the buzzing atmosphere and indulge in a spot of people-watching.

On our second lap of the market, we spotted the infamous Franco Manca and instantly knew it was for us. A couple of delicious sourdough pizzas later, we ambled towards the barbecued haze of London Fields in search of a spot to lie in the sun and sink an ice-cold beer.

As we reached the end of the market, we noticed a steady queue for Nonna’s Gelato, a cute artisan stall serving gelato from a colourful vintage bicycle equipped with a freezer. Never one to turn down delicious gelato – and in keeping with our accidental Anglo-Italian-themed date – we joined the queue to see what all the excitement was about.

It was a tough call to pick just one of the locally sourced and homemade confections on offer, so we chose two (generously large) scoops each. I opted for the dreamy combination of chunky Kentish cobnut and salted toffee apple, whilst my date decided on the Five Points porter and dark chocolate, which had wonderfully mellow notes of hops fused with the rich chocolate.

We got talking to the lovely owner behind the tempting artisan flavours, who told us that Nonna’s was inspired by her Italian grandmother and that we could expect a different batch of equally delectable concoctions every Saturday.

If you’re after authentic gelato in a variety of satisfying flavours, I would highly recommend taking a trip to Nonna’s. With plenty to see and do in the area, it’s a great place to sit in the sunshine and enjoy a little slice (or cone) of heaven.

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