It’s finally feeling like summer now in London! After the “heatwave” we’ve had over the past week or so, there’s only one thing to cool us down – gelato!
We were kindly invited to try out the yummy desserts and gelato at Cappellani – located on London’s Tottenham Court Road, just a two minutes walk from Goodge Street tube station.
Cappellani is a nice airy restaurant with upstairs and downstairs seating. They take pride in serving authentic Italian desserts and gelato made fresh everyday in store by their two chefs. As much as possible of the ingredients used are sourced locally – apart from some key ingredients that Cappellani insist on importing in from Italy to add that magic taste to their desserts and gelato (pistachio, lemon, orange, goats cheese).
Once you enter, your eyes will light up with delight upon being greeted by the friendly staff and of course the large display of desserts and gelato on offer! There’s something for everyone, whether you like sponge cakes, creamy desserts, chocolate desserts, pastries or even just good old creamy gelato! Cappellani also offers dairy free and vegan options.
We were lucky to try out a carefully pieced together selection of Italian desserts afternoon tea (£24.50). This comes with a selection of cakes, pastries, gelato and a hot drink for two people.
Nutella Tart – who doesn’t love Nutella right? At Yummy Jubbly we sure do! This is a lovely generous spread of Nutella, on a buttery crumbly pastry, carefully decorated by a ring of toasted pistachios nuts around the edge. There was also a zing throughout the tart, which came from Sicilian oranges. You might think this looks a little thin, but trust us when we say this slice is enough to make you happy – it’s pretty rich!
Dark Chocolate Cake – this was one luxurious cake! Two soft fluffy pieces of chocolate sponge, with a cherry flavoured syrup filled between. It was so moist that when we cut into the slice, all the syrup just oozed out! The dark chocolate ganache all over the cake bringing everything together as one was just pure delight. We’d definitely you try this.
Carrot and Almond Cake – this was our favourite cake of all. Soft fluffy sponge, with the subtle flavour of almond. The Sicilian orange also featured in this cake. The cake was super moist and wasn’t too sweet either, despite the dusting of icing sugar on top. Definitely good with a good old cup of English tea!
Cannoli – an authentic Sicilian dessert which consists of a fried dough pastry, rolled into the shape of a tube and then filled with sweet creamy ricotta. We’ve been told, the singular name is cannolo which means “little tube”. The fried pastry was super crispy and had a slight sweetness to it. The ricotta filling was silky smooth and so comforting. There was a chocolate chip and toasted pistachio on either end of the cannoli didn’t just add a visual affect, but also taste too. One of the best cannoli we’ve ever had in London!
S’fogliatella – another classic Italian dessert, and oh so yummy!! This is another ricotta filled pastry. They’re quite tricky to make into this fanned out shell shape. But these ones from Cappellani looked perfect. Although these are baked and not fried, the pastry was super flaky. The ricotta filling was sweet and yes, you guessed it, flavoured with the Sicilian orange! Maybe because the S’fogliatella was baked, the ricotta filling was crumbly and not smooth like in the cannoli – but this difference in texture worked really well.
Gelato – Cappellani make their gelato in store in their “laboratory” below the restaurant and are proud of their creations. We were told that the base of all their gelato is formed of 35% fat from the milk. This is reflected in their prices, but it’s a small price to pay for authenticity.
We managed to try a number of different flavours between us, to get a taste of what Cappellani has to offer.
Our favourite was the Fiordilatte – this is the base of and starting point of all gelato. It was described as a plain flavour, because all that’s inside is the milk and cream. You can’t go wrong with this one, and it was just perfect!
Another flavour that we’d recommend is the Napulee – which is a pimped up version of a pistachio gelato. It’s made up of pistachio, hazelnut, chocolate and orange. All these flavours worked really well together and the pieces of crunchy nuts combined with the silky smooth gelato was a joy to eat!
On the other hand, we wouldn’t recommend the Nutella flavour – it’s seriously rich and was exactly like eating a spoonful of Nutella from the jar. Unless you’re into eating scoopfuls of Nutella, this might be a bit much for you.
As we had been such nice guests, we were also given some of their pralines (£1.50 each) to try. These were from Sicily and from their shapes, we could tell were handmade. We tried three different types, the filling was the same – rich dark chocolate. But the coating on the outside were a mixture of nuts and chocolate. So again, different textures and flavours. Definitely a good try!
Overall, we had a really good time trying out the different things that Cappellani had to offer. We’d say the afternoon tea set is a good way to taste lots of different things Cappellani has to offer. However, it can get pretty sweet by the end of it. Perhaps if Cappellani could add in some of their savoury items into the set, that’d help to balance things out. Having said that, we were still impressed by everything Cappellani gave us so we’re giving them a total of 4 yums!
Address: 187 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7PQ
Tel: 020 7637 5559
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 7AM-10PM, Saturday 8AM-10PM, Sunday 9AM-10PM