Admission time. I'm not a big gelato fan. Yes I'm of Italian ethnicity and my entire family LOVES ice cream and gelato but somehow I'm the black sheep here.
Like most of you, I have friends who like gelato and have brought me here. I will say, i have very much enjoyed the cookies and cream. Of course I only ate four spoonfuls and gave the rest away.
My cousin and her friend came visiting from Italy. 100% born and raised Italians (unlike moi who was born in America). We finished dinner and I know they have a sweet tooth. Was nervous on my choice but went here over Scoop.
I couldn't be happier when it turned out the employees were both Italian too! Between the five of us, with the four of them babbling about in Italian and me only getting one of every four words, I was again the black sheep.
Pariah feelings outside, they LOVED this place and the gelato. So really, there isn't any other choice in South Kensington if you ask us.
I haven't tried Italian gelato from Italy yet but I'm pretty sure this tastes pretty close to the real thing. It's amazing and I've never had any gelato like this in America. I got the hazelnut as many others recommended and its delicious. I liked that over the cookies and cream. the hazelnut flavor has actual hazelnuts in it too! My friend got the pistachio and she said that was amazing as well. The prices are also crazy cheap. It's 2.30 for a small. The people who work there are Italian so I would bet that this is real Italian gelato.
Fabulous little gelato shop, and it's Italian on top of that! The ice-cream is amazing and there's a huge variety in terms of flavours. The place is just a small piece of heaven if you're with children - their eyes tend to go bigger with every scoop of ice-cream they get on their cones and will love you even more after the visit.
The last time we were here, I got the one with the cookies inside and it was quite delicious, but maybe a bit too sweet for my taste. I might get something smoother next time, I'm thinking the milk chocolate should be a winner.
Wonderful Italian ice cream served by mostly Italian staff with Italian smiles! What's not to like? Well, nothing, which is why it gets 5 stars :)
They have another branch on the top floor of Whiteleys shopping centre too!
Delicious!! Half cookies and cream, half cappuccino it was delicious and I went many times while studying abroad in London. It was dangerous to have right around the corner and was always a temptation when I walked home from the South Kensington Tube station. A great treat and a nice reward after a long days walk around the city.
Awesome selection, great quality, easy location!
We stopped by after an unimpressive dinner out and it rescued the evening! =)
It does not matter what the weather is like in London, gelato is always good (even if you are shivering as you eat it).
Oddono's is small and they do not have a huge selection of flavors. What they do have is good and a mix of the basic to a few more fun options. It is also okay to try a couple flavors (as long as you are buying, though I'm not sure what they could really do if you just had some samples and left). This is the only place I have seen salted caramel gelato (my current favorite ice cream flavor) so I was pretty excited about it. The chocolate hazelnut is also a solid choice. It was so good we ended up coming back a second time.
Peter S has introduced me to a world in which you can unashamedly ask to sample stuff before you make a purchase. Like beers in pubs (who knew?!) and now this place. It's ruddy brilliant. I love to try before I buy. I mean, calculate it right and you could have so many tiny teaspoons that you end up only getting one scoop when you went in wanting three, just because you've managed to fill yourself up by tasting literally every single flavour on offer which amounts to an entire tub of gelato.
But obviously I don't do that because it would be morally wrong.
So, being judged as I was (who knows what madness may have ensued had I visited solo), I only sampled three and then went for the salted caramel (because it is So Hot Right Now - not literally, because it is icecream, and that would defeat the purpose) and coffee. Both were delicious, but the former could have done with a little more salt; the coffee was strong and maintained a pleasingly bitter edge, contrasting nicely with the caramel.
For me, Gelupo still pips them to the post in terms of flavour intensity and creativity. Yeah, I'm being tough, but what of it? I take my gelato seriously. On the other hand, Oddono's are significantly more generous with their servings. So on balance, they both deserve four stars, but one could overtake the other at any point. It's a race to the finish. It's anybody's game. I'd better keep patronising both on a regular basis so as to maintain a neutral standpoint. I'm all about equality, me.
Lastly, during our visit they had a 2-for-1 offer on waffles. Translation: if you go with somebody who particularly wants a waffle, you'll get one for free. I highly recommend this approach.
With stormy weather on the way apparently, I'm taking advantage of what has been quite a good summer to squeeze in as much ice cream as I can.
Oddono's is serious gelato as evidenced by the fact that they're stocked by none less than Selfridges. However, I prefer this location which has some outdoor seating and seems a much nicer way to sit and relax while licking your chosen icy treat
The design of gelato shops however does seem to leave something to be desired as they often cause queues which prevent you from seeing clearly what flavours are available. I always worry about nipping round the side to see the other flavours and then losing my place in the queue.
Like any self-respecting gelato shop, you can ask for a mix of flavours on your cone, whatever size you plump for. That was a trick I learned from watching other customers
Free samples are available if you can't make your mind up. I'm a sucker for the more refreshing fruit flavours and sorbets in the summers and go for the creamier full bodied flavours as the temperature falls.
Lastly, my Chinese Thrift Gene is satisfied with a 'small cone' costing £2.30 with a mountain of 2 flavours of gelato.
A perfect place for dessert after a meal at one of the many local restaurants
No doubt about it, this is 5 star material all-round:
-The gelato, which is creamy, strikingly tasty and comes in a variety of intriguing flavours (of which my favourite is caramel and figs - mmmm)'
-The fact that you can taste all the flavours beforehand;
-The exceedingly generous servings - seriously, think 2 scoops rather than 3!;
-The friendly and accommodating service;
-The funky interior and seating outside;
-Best of all, the prices, ranging from £2.30 for a single scoop, to £5.30 for four scoops. Of sizeable portions.
Like your ice-cream? Come here!
Alright, I recently came back from Italy...
But after tasting "authentic" gelato, I have to say that Oddono's serves up some of the best gelato this side of the Channel. Their flavors are plentiful, their servings generous, and their location incredibly accessible. Definitely would recommend this!
Summer is here, time for gelato! I recommend the waffle cone, as on a hot day the gelato will start to melt as soon as you walk out the door into the sun, and you don't want all of that mouthwatering gelato to run down onto your hand. Plus, the waffle cone is delightful.
Inside you'll find a large array of flavors to choose from - I recommend the cookies and cream and the milk chocolate hazelnut... heavenly! They also have several flavors of sorbet in case you want to be "healthy" (but really, get the good stuff!).
It can get a little busy when the weather is nice, but that's to be expected in London... if it's that good there's always a queue (it usually moves quickly though). Enjoy!
Italian gelato is one of my favorite desserts, and by this I mean I can eat it everyday! Oddono's Gelati is just about as close as I've come to experiencing the romance of Italian gelato heaven without leaving the United Kingdom.
The gelato is fresh and natural, and is served in flavours such as nocciola, honey, ginger, coconut, etc. There is also a fine selection of sorbets and ice cream cakes.
Did you have a bad day and now desperately need a pick-me-up in the form of a cold, sweet treat? Oddono's is your place.
They have a bunch of different flavors of gelato, and several sorbets. I didn't pay much attention to the sorbets (because really, who cares about sorbet when there's gelato right in front of you?), but the gelato flavors I recall seeing the other night include: Madagascar vanilla, chocolate, coffee, chocolate chip, nutella, pistachio, bacio (milk chocolate and hazelnut), nocciola (hazelnut), and panettone. They also sell larger takeaway containers of ice cream, as well as hot waffles with ice cream, which will be my next stop on the Oddono's train.
There are a few tables and some seating inside and outside, but it's a fairly small space. Servings are quite generous (our very Italian server PACKED that gelato into my cup), and you're welcome to sample all the flavors before you choose.
(Also, for those who are hesitant about eating cold gelato in the winter, no need to worry, because the heat is ON at Oddono's. Literally. It's very warm inside.)
Excellent ice cream parlour tucked inside Selfridges! They serve home made Italian gelato and sorbets, and this is probably the best you can get in London.
An offshoot of the main branch in South Kensington, there's a small seating area to enjoy your ice cream or you can have it to takeaway.
Prices are very reasonable too. The small is only £2, but they really do pack it in so its not just a small tiny ball you are getting. The medium, at £3, is perfect for 2!
It hit the spot! Hubby and I trekked to Oddono's with a visiting friend after a lovely Sunday roast around Kensington area. As planned, we saved some space for a gelato from Oddonno's. After a slurp or two, the three of us unanimously agreed that it was a HIT! Check it out for yourself!
As for the portion, it is fair for the price, while the selection they offer is quite typical of an italian gelateria. If your unsure of what you want, ask the server to try out the gelato you are interested to order. As for my choice, hazelnut and coffee...hmmmm yummy. My verdict is thumbs up! I am happy to have found this place! I have a very strong feeling that I will be coming back to this place again!
This place was packed late on a fairly cold, rainy Saturday night, so that's a pretty good sign. They have particularly good pistachio gelato and it's really nice to be able to mix 2 flavours even in a small cup.
Yee Gan O. makes a good point about the layout of this store, it's really awkward that the counter is also the queue and sometimes you're served before you can see half the flavours. Remember: stay focused, stay calm - your gelato decision is important and should only be made after full consideration.
You can buy Oddono's ice cream in Selfridges Food Hall, so as you can imagine, it's traditional Italian, high quality gelato. After you try the ice cream from here you realise what you're missing in England!
All the scoops are 100% natural, with no added rubbish and you can really taste the difference. It's really creamy, swirled with the most delicious flavours like cinnamon, honey and my favourite Bacio, (that literally means 'kiss') a milk chocolate and hazelnut scoop of pleasure. They also have a soya choice and great fruit packed sorbets if you can't indulge in the milk based ones.
It's getting a bit cold for ice cream, but I'm still going in for an affogato, a steaming coffee with a scoop of ice cream, and since as they use the best Illy coffee, this is about as good as it gets.
Really authentic ice-cream right in South Kensington. They have two more branches but this one is the main one.
Even so, it is not a particularly big place, and there is no much place to sit. Plus its seats are not very comfortable.
Instead of sitting inside, you will find a small crowd (particularly in hot Summer weekend days) enjoying their ice-cream right outside on the street.
I have tried most flavours in this place and I can honestly say that their choc and hazelnut ice-cream is a heavenly gift (I really am into chocolate and hazelnuts, so I guess that helps ;) The nutella and strawberry flavours are great too, but all the others are really tasty anyway!
In terms of pricing, a small serving (£2.30) in Odonno's is quite a good size, so you won't have to spend a fortune to enjoy good quality ice-cream in an overall quite pricey area.
My boyfriend is a fan of ice-cream and is dedicated to trying every ice cream joint in London.
For him, the gelato in Oddono's is among the best of London, his top 3 for now. The main good points for Oddono's are the great tasting ice cream, which is very good (but not flawless), their competitive prices (2.30, 3.30, 4.30 for 1, 2, 3 scoops, which is in the lower end for London), and their flavours (he just loves the chocolate and hazelnut ice cream there).
Some staff are more generous then others, so if you're a regular, try singling out the generous ones ;)
Weak points are the sorbets. Just don't buy sorbet if you are going to Oddono's! Have real gelato!
As a benchmark; Gelato Lupo has more intense ice cream, but is much more costly ( and less generous too!)
This place is fantastic; the real deal. We ventured out somewhat late one evening for a dessert fix, and Oddono's really hit the spot. The flavors are full and rich, with none of that chemical, made-with-flavor-syrup taste most American "gelato" has.
I got my fave combo, chocolate and nocciola (hazelnut) and was thoroughly pleased.
Other than a place in Poland, and Moreli's ice cream parlour in Broadstairs, this is the best ice cream that I know of. it is situated in the main food hall in selfridges, next ot the oyster bar.
They have an amazing array of flavours, from the standard vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, there are many sorbets and other interesting flavours too.
My faveourite is the Clove and Ginger ice cream. Everyone must try this at least once.
The ice cream is just amazing here. It is proper Italian ice cream from proper ingredients, and nothing E-Numbery.
They also serve cakes, ice cream cakes, and tea and coffee, but in all honesty, I have not tried them as its all about the Ice Cream!
The ice cream is served in cones, cups or in dishes, and there are tubs to take large amounts home too.
The only downside is the cost, but it is still worth every penny.
Tasty ice cream, just around the corner from South Kensington.
While it's not the most healthy thing in the world, the ice-cream here is definitely pretty tasty. Their fruit ice-creams are packed with fruit, and taste great!
Whilst it is a little on the pricey side (around £3 for a medium cone or pot), it's great for those hot summer days when you just want to treat yourself.
It was almost impossible to choose what flavor of gelato to order. All them are incredilby fresh and yummy. They will have anything you want - from fruit flavors to chocolate to minty, and everywhere in between. Perfect after eating Thai across the street at Bangkok.
For me, there is only one gelato joint in South Kensington. Walk up Old Brompton past Scoop and turn right onto Bute street for some seriously good gelato. They have all the traditional Italian flavors (pistachio, hazelnut) and some more unique flavors (oreo cookies and cream-so good!). My favorite is the chocolate hazelnut. Definitely worth the trip when in South Ken!!
If you have a craving for something sinfully rich, you must try the all-natural homemade gelato and sorbet they serve here. My personal favorites are the vodka lemon and chocolate ginger gelato and the mango sorbet. They also have a wonderful hot chocolate that will hit the spot on a blustery winter day.
Very good quality ice cream - I had some straciatella and it was spot on.
I'm so glad I live close to Selfridges, because after having a taste of Oddono's, there's no other place I go for my ice cream fix! It's quite pricey for ice cream, but no matter because this is seriously good stuff. My favorite flavors are bacco (chocolate hazelnut) and pistacchio.
You can order larger amounts to take home in styrofoam containers from 500ml.
Hands down, the best pistachio gelato I have had outside of Italy. I would happily sell my family for a vat of the stuff. AMAZING!
Friendly & efficient italian staff and more importantly, delicious ice creams. If you're around South Ken on a sunny day, take 5mn to drop by.
Oddono's is definitely the best place I've found for ice cream in the UK thus far!
Gelato was not bad, but not great, either. Servings are generous and they let you combine different flavors into one "scoop", but still, overall score: meh...
We'd heard about this place from several well known celebrity chef's and then a friend also recommended it, so the last time we went to the V&A for a cultural fix, we ventured forth and hit Oddono's. My partner is Italian and we go to Bari usually twice a year and always have gelato. Now we don't need to fly when we can get it in South Ken. The coffee is great, but the hazelnut is just fab, complete with lovely ripe whole hazelnuts. Wish they'd open somewhere closer to London bridge, then again, my girlie would just eat it everyday and thats not good for the waistline lol
summer finally came to london at the weekend so we had an ice cream day! we had an ice cream in the cafe in kensington gardens and it wasnt even worth reviewing but an italian lady told us to go to oddonos south kensington for the 'best ice cream in london' so off we went.
the shop is ok looking, a bit small and tired looking, but the ice cream looks nice and its clean. you can also see that they make it on site. i had pistachio and chocolate, the pistachio was really nice, tasted very real and had nuts inside. the chocolate was not so nice, too strong and left a really bad after taste. also it was all a bit too soft and sticky, but im begining to realise that italin ice cream is supposed to be like this.
overall good value for money, portion was a bit small, and cups have a false bottom to make it look bigger.
good but not sure its the best in london.
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