Amorino: noun (pl) -retti (-ˈrɛtɪ), -rini (-ˈriːnɪ) 1. (esp in painting) a small chubby naked boy representing a cupid Also called putto. Word Origin. C16: from Italian, diminutive of Amore Cupid, from Latin Amor Love. (Dictionary http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/amorino)
However, many tourists define Amorino as the famous European gelato shop.
To be honest, before my Europe trip I had no idea what the difference between ice cream and gelato was. Instead I figured gelato was some type of posh alternative to ice cream that rich people would indulge on. After a few google searches I discovered that the main difference between gelato and ice cream is the concentration of density proportions of the ingredients used in both. Gelato is creamier, silkier, and denser than ice cream. Both use milk, sugar, and cream but ice cream uses more cream, giving it that thick texture, whereas gelato is heavier on the milk.
Gelato came into existence in Italy and soon expanded all over Europe — garnering favorability amongst locals and tourists. Although, gelato was first discovered in Italy, Amorino was established in Orly, France. Luckily, for those living in America, Amorino being a franchise, has also expanded internationally and opened one in New York city.
Leave it to Parisians to aesthetically serve you flower-shaped gelato. Amorino does not just scoop and dump their gelato onto the cone, instead they take their time to whip up a creation of art.
Although, it was a cold winter and rainy day, the gelato was well-indulged. My favorite being the pistachio with the crunchy nuts and the stracciatella with the thinly shaved chocolate flakes. The gelato was dense but smoother in comparison to ice cream back at home. For those who love fruit-based frozen treats will fall in love with their fruity gelato because it had the strong taste of the specified fruit. Sometimes fruity ice cream fail to taste like the actual fruit. It almost made me wonder if Amorino used actual fresh fruits in the making of their gelato.
Along, with the gelato I tried the berry crepe in Amorino. The Crepe failed to impress me, perhaps they should whip up a flower-shaped crepe. Aesthetically and taste-wise it was not as satisfying as their gelato. The crepe was moist with strawberry jam splattered inside. In fact, the crepes being made on the streets look tastier than the one in Amorino. I guess you can’t have it all!
I highly recommend stopping by the shop for their gelato but skip the crepe!
As for, New Yorkers no need to book a plane ticket, just stop by Theater District!
Ice cream, I think it is time we part ways. It’s not you, it’s me. It’s time for me to move onto the next trendy dessert.
Goodbye, ice cream. Hello, gelato!