Just Desserts: Il Gelato Di Ariela

By Craigie_B Last edited 115 months ago
Just Desserts: Il Gelato Di Ariela

Il Gelato Di Ariela

131 Stroud Green Road

Nearest Tube: Finsbury Park


Expect to pay: Anything from £1.50 upwards

We all know from our Cornetto-obsessed childhood that Ice Cream is lovely but now we're older it makes us fat. And reduced-fat ice cream mings for Britain. So we all live in misery.

Until now. By good fortune, this Londonista stumbled across a jewel in the crown of frozen dessert purveyors and so we will share (we're good like that). Il Gelato di Ariela is a stand-alone business within a pizzeria in north london (they supply the desserts for the restaurant, but also have their own window onto the street, showing tubs of hand-made gelato).

What a discovery! They use milk rather than cream, so their desserts are almost HEALTHY. Owned and made on the premises by Ariela herself, the stuff has proven so popular that she now employs staff for front-of-house. On hot days she's been seen biking down to Portobello Road and selling from the handbasket.

Last night we were served by the lovely Daniella, with 18 flavours on display, many of which we tried - Cookies; Ferrero Roche; Melon; Yogurt Sour Cherry, you name it (life as a Londonista can be so very, very hard.) We finally settled on our favourite - 'Dolce Latte' (effectively this was 'toffee with crunchy bits').

There's even an ultra healthy option for the most guilt-ridden among us. We tried chocolate, made unpromisingly from rice milk (so lactose free, gluten free, fat free, sugar free - how dull and tasteless does that sound?) but it was shockingly chocolately rich. Woof!

We think she should move into selling through supermarkets. A tub of that in the freezer and we might never leave the house. Knocks the socks off Cornettos.

Image of Ariela from Ariela's own website

Last Updated 04 September 2008


Ferrero Roche ice cream??! NEED. Thanks Craig.


I'm assuming it can't be roche'r' as that would be too close to a famous but cheap ambassadorian chocolate confectionary...


Lindsey you can also buy that at The Gelateria Valerie in Spitalfields where we had milkshakes a little while ago :-)

It's amazing. Best ice cream flavour ever.


Siany, I am a Gelato fanatic, have been to all the Gelaterias in London including Valerie and I have to say that the Gelato in Finsbury Park is by far of a superior quality...I was brought there by an italian friend of mine who assured me it was the best Gelato in London and said it was exactly like the one you eat in Italy...you know what...he was totally spot on!!!
I go there to get my weekly litre tub...i suggest you all try it!!!


<font color="magenta"> Gelato di Ariela is the finest ice cream in all of Laaaaahndan town. You will not taste better, believe me I am an addict! Pay her a visit this weekend...