Most people believe that the place in the world for “to die for,” Gelato is in Italy. Well. for the most part they are correct. However, true to their reputation for incredible deserts, there are many Parisian cafes and ice cream stores serving gelato that rivals the best stores in Venice, Florence and Rome. One such place that we found in Paris is located in the Saint-Michel Neighborhood not far from the Notre-Dame Cathedral.
The wonderful Amorino Gelato store sells incredible gelato cones served in a style that is both original and delicious. The Saint-Michel Neighborhood Amorino Gelato store is not the only Amorinos in Paris. The chain has over twenty other stores in the Paris area. They also have stores in other parts of the world including New York and California.
Amorino serves their gelato in cups or ice cream cones. What is unique about Amorino’s cones is how their servers fill the gelato into the cone molding the cream into a resemblance of a rose. Placed at the top of the cone is an exquisite macaroon. While the macarons might not be as good as the macaroons we had in Amsterdam, they do come petty close.
The Amorino servers are able to shape the rose pedals styled cones by using spatulas to scoop the gelato instead of the traditional spoon. The cones are called Cornets. The gelato flavors are actually called Scents. Customers are allowed to chose various flavors to shape their cones. Customers must also choose the flavor of the macaroon. It can be a little daunting trying to choose three different flavors of gelato and the flavor of the macaroon because Amorino Gelato has so many choices to choose from. Nonetheless, the lines at Amorino Gelato are usually very long which gives customers ample time to stare at the boards and choose their flavors.
So does the rose pedaled Amorino Gelato cones actually look as good in person as they do on the stores boards and advertisements? Well below is a picture I took of the one I ordered. You can decide for yourself. The cone below contains a combination of vanilla chip, chocolate, and caramel gelato, topped with a vanilla macaroon.
The Cornet cone comes in three sizes, Classic, small, or big. If your not the type to devour gelato cones quickly and are worried about getting gelato all over your hands, Amorino also has five different size cup servings.
Gelato is not the only item served at Amorino. The chain also sells an assortment of shakes, various coffee drinks and deserts, including waffles and pancakes style pastries.
Gelato is in essence an Italian dessert. Amorino is an Italian company. France is known for some of the greatest deserts in the world. Every day I spent in France I could not stop myself from stopping in almost every French Bakery I passed by. The desserts in Paris are extridianary. Paris retains some of the greatest pastry chefs in the world. Pasty is an art form in France. Any sort of dessert is a work of art to those who spend their lives studying the culinary arts in France. So many of the bakeries in France also serve as cafes.
There is nothing like stopping at a Paris Cafe or bakery in France, ordering a cappuccino and a desert and then sitting for hours watching the people walk by. The combination of finding an Amorino on the streets of Paris is a win win for everyone. If you see an Amorino, don’t make the mistake of passing it by. There is a reason for those super long lines. The only problem with ordering a Amorini and wanting to hang out and eat it, is the thing will melt pretty quickly , so if you intend on chilling at a table for a while, order one of those great cappuccinos to go with your gelato and enjoy the beauty of Paris.
All photos Brian Kachejian ©2018