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We took a class in the Art of Gelato and it was delicious

The House of Peroni is back and it’s cooler than ever. The biannual installation (calling something this stylish a ‘pop-up’ just doesn’t seem right) that brings the cream of Italian style, culture, food and drink returns to London for the month of May, to what was an abandoned four-storey house in Holborn. It’s open to the public every day and free to get in – I highly recommend you go and wander around the beautifully curated rooms or have a meal in the restaurant – plus there are classes like Become an Italian Barista and Create Your Own Silk Scarf.  Last time around I tried the awesome Make Your Own Perfume class, but this time we opted for one of the foodie events – I took my friend Annaleise along to learn The Art of Gelato.House of Peroni 2014 House of Peroni London May 2014 installation pop-up restaurant bar classes events gelato making ice cream making class course photos 2014 images London

Run by Yaniv Stein and Alessandro Gherzi, founders of GINO Gelato, the class started with a bottle of (you guessed it) Peroni in the downstairs bar of the House, before we, along with five other couples, were taken through to the classroom to don our aprons. Out of a list of about eight flavours, each pair chose a different recipe and we set to work flavouring the base (either white or chocolate) that had helpfully already been made up for us. Eyeing up the pile of ladyfinger biscuits laid out on the table Annaleise and I went for Tiramisu, but others chose strawberry and balsamic, bacio (basically hazelnut caramel) and lemon and Peroni. Soon, all the ice cream makers were whirring and churning away while we had a chat with Yaniv and Alessandro (whom we may or may not have nicknamed Mario and Luigi…) about the history of gelato and how it differs from ice cream (four degrees and less cream essentially).

House of Peroni 2014 House of Peroni London May 2014 installation pop-up restaurant bar classes events gelato making ice cream making class course photos 2014 images London

House of Peroni 2014 House of Peroni London May 2014 installation pop-up restaurant bar classes events gelato making ice cream making class course photos 2014 images London

House of Peroni 2014 House of Peroni London May 2014 installation pop-up restaurant bar classes events gelato making ice cream making class course photos 2014 images London

House of Peroni 2014 House of Peroni London May 2014 installation pop-up restaurant bar classes events gelato making ice cream making class course photos 2014 images London

House of Peroni 2014 House of Peroni London May 2014 installation pop-up restaurant bar classes events gelato making ice cream making class course photos 2014 images London

House of Peroni 2014 House of Peroni London May 2014 installation pop-up restaurant bar classes events gelato making ice cream making class course photos 2014 images London

About thirty minutes later we were ready to extract our creamy frozen mix from the machine and assemble the finished product – but not before we’d all sampled each other’s flavours. The bacio was gorgeously sweet and nutty while the freshness of the strawberry was intensified by the sharp balsamic. Sadly for one couple their gelato failed to freeze (a technical fault with the machine apparently) but Alessandro promised he’d send them some GINO Gelato to make up for it.

After Annaleise and I had layered up our gelato with halves of ladyfingers soaked in coffee and applied a generous dusting of cocoa powder it actually started to resemble Tiramisu and, according to the friends I had over for dinner last night, it tasted like it too. Now all I need is one of these and I can make my dream of becoming a Master Gelatiere (that’s what they’re called) a reality.

The House of Peroni, 64 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, is open until 25th May, Monday-Saturday, plus Sunday 4th and 25th, 12 noon to late (excluding Bank Holiday Mondays). For details of classes and events visit the website.

House of Peroni 2014 House of Peroni London May 2014 installation pop-up restaurant bar classes events gelato making ice cream making class course photos 2014 images London

House of Peroni London May 2014

House of Peroni 2014 House of Peroni London May 2014 installation pop-up restaurant bar classes events gelato making ice cream making class course photos 2014 images London

House of Peroni 2014 House of Peroni London May 2014 installation pop-up restaurant bar classes events gelato making ice cream making class course photos 2014 images London

House of Peroni 2014 House of Peroni London May 2014 installation pop-up restaurant bar classes events gelato making ice cream making class course photos 2014 images London

House of Peroni 2014 House of Peroni London May 2014 installation pop-up restaurant bar classes events gelato making ice cream making class course photos 2014 images London

House of Peroni 2014 House of Peroni London May 2014 installation pop-up restaurant bar classes events gelato making ice cream making class course photos 2014 images London

House of Peroni 2014 House of Peroni London May 2014 installation pop-up restaurant bar classes events gelato making ice cream making class course photos 2014 images London

House of Peroni 2014 House of Peroni London May 2014 installation pop-up restaurant bar classes events gelato making ice cream making class course photos 2014 images London

House of Peroni 2014 House of Peroni London May 2014 installation pop-up restaurant bar classes events gelato making ice cream making class course photos 2014 images London

House of Peroni 2014 House of Peroni London May 2014 installation pop-up restaurant bar classes events gelato making ice cream making class course photos 2014 images London

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