In a lane that’s close to Richmond Green, Gelateria Danieli is a tiny shop with a thriving takeaway business. In warm weather, you can head off with a mouth-watering scoop of the flavour of the day and bask in the sun on the grass nearby.
Apart from regular flavours such as milk chocolate, pistachio or tiramisu, there are seasonal ones: on our visit, a mango gelato. This had a fresh, intense taste; we were surprised to find staff were using the kesar (‘saffron’) variety of mango, a popular variety in Gujarat – sweeter than the more usual alphonso. A take on that British classic, the bakewell tart, had a pleasantly jammy tang. More refreshing was crema siciliana, a rich ice-cream with candy-like crystallised orange and orange syrup.
Gelateria Danieli also offers several sorbets, and cone options such as gluten-free rice cones. Service was attentive and friendly, with the staff happy to let you try flavours and help you make your choice. A small branch also opened in the West End in 2012.