This well-established French business offering rich Italian ice cream flavours is flourishing all over Paris.
Lining up for a quarter of an hour has almost become part of the experience for a trip to any one of Amorino’s 23 Parisian outlets. Since opening the first on Île Saint-Louis back in 2002 the French business has really thrived, both in Paris and around the world. People love the artisanal aesthetic and authentic gelati italiani, which emulate those you might find in Florence or Rome. So although you do find more standard flavours like vanilla, chocolate and fruity sorbets, you’ll also find Italian specialities including fior di latte, stracciatella (with chunks of dark chocolate), amarena (with Morello cherries), pistachio and yoghurt.
Unfortunately, the prices are more Parisian than Italian village. The smallest (cup or cone) is €3.60, medium €4.60 and a large is €5.70. Fortunately for families, there’s also a special price for children (€2.80), and the servers allow you to choose as many flavours as you like (whatever the size).
This outlet on the Place du Commerce opens on to an inner-city haven – details of other branches can be found here.
90 rue du Commerce
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You have to try this : they put the ice cream in a brioche. Yes, in a brioche. It's just delicious and reminded me my best ice cream experiences when I was a kid on holidays, in Italy. Amorino, ti amo tanto !
Despite it being 9.30pm, there was still a queue snaking out the door and along the street, but it's definitely worth the wait. There's not a huge amount of flavours to choose from, but the ones I did try were delicious. The flavours are pretty standard, apart from the inclusion of lime and basil - an intriguing combination which I was compelled to try, and I'm glad I did - the contrast between the flavours worked beautifully. Not too pricy considering how expensive some ice cream parlours in Paris can be..!