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Kaffee Eis: Divine Italian Gelato
There are several outlets of this coffee house, and although the coffee and the cakes might be delicious I am absolutely not interested in that. It is the gelato that makes my mouth water only by the thought of it.
Perhaps you do not know yet that one of the things I miss most in New Zealand is more authentic places with authentic Italian food, and especially Italian ice-cream. GELATO.
The gelato of Kaffee Eis – which is German for Coffee Ice-Cream – is divine, just like in the gelaterias you find in my home country in nearly every street. The one named chocolate-hazelnut or so (sorry, can’t remember the exact name) is exactly what I know as Tartufo. They have the usual flavours like Lemon, Stracciatella, all kinds of berries but also less common creations like Cinnamon.
What is absolutely not Italian is the slow scoop-shaping. Whereas the Italians make bong-bong-bong and you cannot think fast enough to tell them the flavours you want, here it takes ages, like in the whole country. That is also the reason why the queues sometimes are so long that you do not want to wait, and abstain from buying an ice-cream although you cannot imagine anything more intriguing than just this :-( I have not found out the secret yet why this getting the scoops done is such a problem here in NZ. Strangely enough the consistency of the ice-cream is different, it is harder than the Italian’s, but it melts away faster.
Anyway: I have not eaten any better ice-cream in New Zealand than the ones from Kaffee Eis. If you like ice-cream and do not try this one you have not been to Wellington! So queue at least once ;-)
The outlet at the most attractive location is at the southern end of Frank Kitts Park, right on the waterfront, next to the City-to-Sea Bridge. When you stand in front of it it looks like a cave in a city wall. When it is closed you only see two shed doors in the wall. They have a seating area next to the lagoon.
In winter, however, this outlet is closed most of the time. Just a short stroll away is an outlet at Courtenay Place (at the Embassy Theatre end of the street, opposite Nicolini's). The scooping was rather fast - the price rather impertinent though. Two scoops cost NZ$ 4.80 (as July 2008).
Another café is on 236 Oriental Parade (shop 2).
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