Ariela - The Gelato Lady

Meet Ariela. Ariela is a business woman who runs her own extremely successful and award winning ice-cream business . Except to call the beautiful iced creations ice-cream is like calling hard-house hard-style.

With her origins in Italy, Ariela prefers the correct name of Gelato; the process to make is varies from ice-cream. It is churned at a much slower rate, incorporating less air and leaving the gelato denser than ice cream.

Gelato is served at a slightly warmer temperature than ice cream, so its texture stays silkier and softer. Because it has a lower percentage of fat than ice cream, the main flavour ingredient really shines through.

Il Gelato di Ariela (Ariela’s Gelato) was born in 2006 when in a really hot summer Ariela was struggling to find the fantastic Gelato she could only find back home.

It was then that the penny dropped and she realised there was a lack of really authentic Italian Gelato in London. So with the help of Francesca, another Gelato lover, she opened a little Gelateria in north London.

Their mission was to make the original Italian Gelato, the artisan way, using only the best natural ingredients, real fruit and banning all artificial flavourings and colourings. It wasn't long before other food establishments were asking to be supplied with what they regarded as one of the best Gelato in London, one thing led to another and Il Gelato di Ariela moved from being a retail business to a wholesale one.

A couple of years ago Ariela invited us to her birthday party, held in the warehouse of her factory. Among the plethora of DJ talent she'd booked was our own Kirsty Lee James. 

Ariela laid on geleto for her party guests and it was a surprising yet welcome energy boost. Ariela didn't take much convincing to try selling her geleto at Pure Andy Farley. Clubbers were a little unsure at first but now the geleto stall is a popular feature.

Clubbers even ask us as on the way in if the "ice-cream lady" is here. Below are links including one to Ariela's soundcloud page where she proves its not just ingredients she can mix into something great.