• Scoop (Covent Garden)
Bright ripe deep flavoured mango sorbet (sorbetto?). A good toasty, nutty flavour on the pistacchio, dense and sticky. The malaga is considerably softer, dotted with raisins and I somehow think that there's a hint of booze (which might account for the consistency of the gelato). Pleasant and enjoyable, although I admit I wasn't entirely blown away.
• Marine Ices (Chalk Farm, Camden)
A delicate melon with a sweet and gently sunny flavour. Little cubes of caramelised pear are lovely against good lumps of dense chewy ricotta distributed amidst a creamy backdrop. Amaretto was very faintly nutty, reasonable textbook texture but nothing fantastic. Enjoyable, but again not entirely blown away.
Perhaps should go back to both for more...Maybe I was lukewarm on them because the base on these weren't nearly as astounding as the yolky ones I had in Rome earlier this year. I'm kinda keen to try the Italian pastries at Scoop. They didn't have them when I was there, and mentioned that they might make it later after the summer.
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