Amorino: one of the best gelatarias in France?

It’s surprising that gelato chain-shops like Amorino is considered by some of the locals to be probably the best gelataria in France. I’ve had my first taste of Amorino in Spain last year, and the experience was pretty good. Wanting to test the Frenchs’ judgement, I decided to give it my second go in Paris.

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Wooden furniture illuminated by the orange lights, Amorino exuded a homely vibe that made us feel welcomed at once. Walking towards the gelato counter, one will be amazed at the flavours offered. From your typical Chocolate and Vanilla, to exotic Pineapple and Coconut sorbets, and finally to never-heard-before ones like Speculoos; the sight of this astounding range was pretty damn exciting!

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I like Amorino’s concept of sales, charging customers for the size of cups/cones bought without restricting the number of flavours they can try. In other words, we could try all the flavours if we wanted to! The staff would then scoop an equal amount of each flavour into the cup/cone, and the amounts differ depending on the number of gelato flavours chosen.

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Clockwise from bottom to top: Cioccolato Ecuador Pure Origine, Speculoos, Caramello al Burro Salato, Pistacchio del Bosforo.

We got 2 grande cups for the 7 of us, with 4 flavours each. The pistachio was simply heavenly. Nutty and fragrant, it is probably one of the best pistachios I’ve ever had. Amorino offers 2 kinds of pistachio-flavoured gelatos, with one being sweeter and less nuttier. If I’m not mistaken, this is the Pistacchio del Bosforo. It has a deeper nutty fragrance and aftertaste, without being overly sweet. An absolute delight. The Cioccolato Ecuador Pure Origine was spot on. Apparently Speculoos is a brand of biscuits! I never knew so I can’t really comment on the authenticity of the flavour. It just tasted sweet and wasn’t that memorable. Finally: having tried several delicious salted caramel desserts, this gelato was disappointing to say the least. I think it would suffice to say I couldn’t tell the Caramello al Burro Salato from the Speculoos.

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Clockwise from bottom to top: Cocco puro Sri Lanka, Yogurt con Yogurt 0%, Tiramisu, Nougat.

This turned out to be the better of the 2 cups. First off the Yogurt con Yogurt 0% was absolutely delish. With little bits of coconut in the gelato, it was creamy, fragrant, and unique. Probably one of the best coconut-flavoured gelatos I’ve had too. Cocco puro Sri Lanka was another favourite of mine. I guess the best way to describe it is “slightly soured milk”. It has all the decadence and creaminess of milk gelatos, with a dash of sour that gives it a refreshing spin. The Nougat I didn’t like that much. Unlike the Australian nougat tidbits we love, this tastes much more like those almond essences. Tiramisu wasn’t that bad, except it would make a better Coffee than Tiramisu.

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With the hits and misses measuring at a 50/50, I guess I wouldn’t call it one of the best gelatarias in France. That’s not to say they don’t serve good gelatos. If you’re ever anywhere near Amorino, I’d still say it deserves a visit. Who knows, you might find some of the flavours actually worthy of those empty calories!

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