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article imageOp-Ed: Brighton’s one and only true Italian ice cream bar one month on Special

By Alexander Baron     Sep 9, 2011 in Food
There are ice cream parlours up and down the country, including in Brighton, but only one has the authentic taste of Italian Gelato.
The Galeteria De Luca opened for business August 12 at 107 St James’s Street, Brighton with a proper launch but no advertising, and news has got around purely by word of mouth, including Internet reviews and the front page story in this month’s issue of The Kemptown Rag, a local magazine.
Ice cream is of course not exactly new to Britain; though the ice cream van is more or less extinct, you can still buy a big tub of vanilla or raspberry ripple in your local Iceland, Tesco or supermarket of your choice, but Gelato is ice cream plus.
Like France, Italy is renowned for both its chefs and its cooking, and like pizza, authentic ice cream has one true home. The Galeteria De Luca is the brainchild of the Chief Executive of the nearby Amsterdam Hotel on Brighton’s sea front, which is managed by Charles Firth. The Galeteria was opened only after considerable research including a visit to Torino. The people who make the Gelato on the premises daily are not only Italian but were trained in Torino by Maestro Gelato “which is ginormous” says manager Felice De Luca – who speaks fluent English. He confirms that it is the only authentic Gelato bar in Brighton, and one of only a handful in the country.
The Galeteria is open 7 days a week from 10am till 11pm, and is family friendly. It also stocks its own range of cakes, sells Illy coffee, and soft drinks.
Galeteria De Luca stocks a range of home made cakes.
Galeteria De Luca stocks a range of home made cakes.
Decaffinated coffee and soya milk are available on request, and if you want to bring your laptop, there are power points available.
A photograph from the Galeteria De Luca; another happy customer.
A photograph from the Galeteria De Luca; another happy customer.
An added attraction is that a big wheel will shortly be opening in Brighton similar to the London Eye, and the Galeteria will have a view of this.
If you are staying in Brighton, the Amsterdam a short walk away has a very reasonable tariff and its own wi-fi network. Will the company be opening any further Gelato bars? A spokesman said “It is too soon to tell yet, but the situation will be kept under review.”
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