La Cremosa is an Italian gelateria in Umhlanga. Well situated in the land of eternal summer (Umhlanga) La Cremosa occupies space next door to News Café on Palm Boulevard opposite the main entrance to Gateway Shopping Centre. This genuine Italian gelateria, run by Italians Mauro and Sandro, offers a typical Italian experience. Coffee and bakery items (which can be eaten for breakfast), frozen desserts, waffles and pastries (which can be eaten anytime) are on the menu. Specials run regularly, and there is a daily weekday price between 10am and 12pm of R10 for a cappuccino.
And then of course there is the ice-cream (and sorbet). What’s important to know about gelato is that it is synonymous with artisanal. It is made from high-quality fresh, raw, seasonal, mostly local products, with no flavourants, colourants or preservatives added. No premixes are used. And La Cremosa’s gelato process is no different.
The ice-cream is made on site in La Cremosa’s small kitchen by Mauro and Sandro’s team of five staff. The mixture is placed in a pasteurising machine. Once churned and mixed the blend goes from there into a cooling section and then immediately into a blast chiller. This process very quickly freezes the ice-cream, an essential method which ensures the integrity of the product’s structure. The different flavours are then stored in stainless steel bins with lids at the front of the store. The lids create a vacuum which helps to keep the ice-cream fresh. Sugar cones are also made on-site, as are all the other menu items. Sitho, the team’s head chef, especially likes making the crostata – an Italian version of milk tart but with lots of other ingredients in it.
Okay, that’s it for the process, but what does it taste like? Well, like scrumptious, smooth, creamy, totally delicious gelato of course! I had a sugar cone with three towering scoops of chocolate and pistachio. I made short work of it and promised to be back with my family and friends.
And I will.
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Article by Brenda Daniels