finds a home in Indiranagar
You don’t get much more authentic than Milano Ice Cream. Newly opened in a quiet by-lane off CMH Road, the cosy dessert bar is run by Giancarlo Segalini, who learned his trade in Milan, Italy. With two successful outlets under his belt, this is the first branch to open outside of Kochi, which is where Milano started out two years ago.
Keeping it local
Despite his solid Italian credentials, Segalini is a big believer in sourcing ingredients locally. While we were busy deliberating over our choice of flavours, fresh mangoes were delivered to the store, and Segalini shares that apart from the hazelnuts (imported from Italy) and high-quality dark chocolate (from Spain), everything else comes from local markets. “You can even see where I get my tender coconuts from,” he smiles, pointing to the vendor on the street corner. This helped to sway our choice, and we found that his tender-coconut gelato was fresh yet creamy, the perfect refreshing treat for a hot day. The wild berry gelato, packed full of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, had a tasty acidic tang, while the truffle flavour was deliciously rich and indulgent. Apart from the taste, we were also taken with the presentation – our selections were carefully moulded into the shape of a flower, which apart from looking gorgeous, seemed to allow more ice-cream to fit into a single small cone.
Slightly concerned about our waistlines after all our sampling, we were reassured to learn that gelato, the Italian ice-cream recipe that Segalini swears by, is lower in both fat and sugar than industrially prepared ice cream, giving you all the more reason to indulge yourself without feeling too guilty.
`100 upwards. At Shri Krishna Temple Road. Details: 8281464593
—Maegan Dobson Sippy