Selfridges Food Hall
400 Oxford Street
London W1A 2LR
Dining date: 5/26/12
Oddono’s is an Italian gelato shop in London. It all started when my friend Diana tasted this place during a summer abroad in 2005 and returned to America to rave about it. Apparently, she ate it almost daily for a while. I tried it myself in 2007 and approved it as well, subsequently telling my family about it for their trip later that year. Needless to say, my family loved it too and it’s been a craving ever since. I think my dad was almost more excited to hear about Oddono’s than The Fat Duck.
The first shop opened in South Kensington in 2004; its success has now spawned 4 locations. One of those locations is a stall in the food court of Selfridges, which was the most convenient location for me during this last trip. I knew I had to squeeze in a visit; with all of my lunches and dinners booked, this stop took the “late breakfast” slot.
This shop is definitely smaller than what I remember the actual storefront to be, but the product is exactly the same. There were probably around 15 flavors on offer and I think I tried about half of them. My friend and I each settled on a couple of flavors.
coffee and cookies and cream
coffee and stracciatella (chocolate chip)
As expected, it was an excellent cup of gelato. I am by no means an expert on the matter, so I have a hard time ranking this scoop with others I’ve had, but I enjoyed it. The flavors were spot on and I loved the creamy mouthfeel – not too frozen. Now, if only I could find a way to smuggle this into the US…