Food & Drink

Nice Cream

The Pirelli calendar, building cities on water, that marble willie.

There’s no denying it, Italians often do it better.

Especially when it comes to ice cream. At Scoop, a newly opened Italian gelateria in Covent Garden, everything’s made on site by Tuscan creator Matteo Pantani. Choose from 24 flavours, including classic cioccolato al latte, panna cotta, ricotta e fichi and biscottino (swapping cookie dough for nutty chocolate and crumbled biscotti).

The gelato is gluten free (as are some cones), and most ingredients — like Sicilan pistachios, Tuscan pine kernels and Piedmontese hazelnuts — come fresh from Italy. Ice cream shots, cakes, milkshakes and sandwiches are also served at this groovy pasticceria-cum-caffetteria; eat there or take everything home in a chic coolbox.

So when it comes to doing it better, this place hasn’t just got nuts.

It’s got balls.

Scoop, 40 Shorts Gardens, WC2H 9AB (020 7240 7086 or