Caffi'r Angel Ices
A TASTE OF ITALY IN WALES
Portmeirion opened its first authentic Italian style gelateria on Friday 11th April.
Caffi'r Angel has a daily selection of gelato ice cream available, all freshly made on the premises using only locally produced milk and cream supplied by South Caernarfon Creameries.
The development was made possible through Visit Wales's Tourism Investment Support Scheme and has led to the creation of five full time jobs directly related to gelato production.
Gelato production started on 11th April 2014 and this has introduce the authentic taste of Italian gelato to Portmeirion, a perfect match for the Italianate ambience of the village.
The gelato is served on sugar waffle cones using the traditional spatula to shape the gelato in true Italian style.
Gelato is churned at a slower speed than ice cream creating a denser product because not so much air is whipped into the mixture.
It also has a lower fat content than ice cream and doesn't coat the mouth in the same way so the flavours are more intense.
Caffi'r Angel takes its name from the Angel cottage in which it is situated. This was the first cottage to be built by Clough Williams-Ellis at Portmeirion soon after he acquired the site in 1925.
The bookshop that previously occupied the site has been relocated across the street in the Arches building.
In addition to freshly made gelato Caffi'r Angel has an espresso bar with pastries, cakes and gateaux and is fully licensed, offering a range of Italian wines and Prosecco all by the glass.
The interiors design is by Sian Llywelyn. Benchmark Furniture made the leather upholstered banquettes and stools and the polished steel framed mirror panels. The colour sheme is white, polished steel and mint green with floors of dark riven Meirionethshire slate. All the production equipment was supplied by Carpigiani, the world's leading manufacturer of gelato equipment. The service counters and back bar were made by Counterfit Ltd.
A carrettino or mobile gelato cart has been imported from Italy to create a gelato bar on the Salutation terrace.
Caffi'r Angel is open every day all year round.