Fresco Freddo’s

27 Aug

A few short weeks ago, I lamented the lack of easy to eat, super tasty take away food in Manchester, the kind you can inhale on your way to after work drinks, and late night dessert places to mop up your excesses on the way back to bed. Ask and you shall receive, it seems. Since posting a piece extolling the virtues of Slice and detailing my hunt for a late night ice cream shop, several superb solutions have come to light.

Burritos from Panchos in the Arndale Food Market (my most adored food destination in the whole of Manchester) and frozen yoghurt from Frurt over in Spinningfields are two offerings both worthy of a mention, with the former serving up brick-sized Mexican treats for around £5 and the latter offering up both dairy and soya based delights, with a plethora of sprinkles to jazz up the four flavours they change on a regular basis.

Imagine my joy however, when I received word about the opening of a dedicated gelateria on Oxford Road, going by the name of Fresco Freddo’s. Unable to attend the launch event prior to the grand opening, I was kindly invited along with my gorgeous friend Hannah a week later to try out the gelato on offer, so as one is wont to do on such occasions, I made a night of it.

Heading out after work, we caught a quick bite to eat over at Port Street Beer House, which on the evening in question were playing host to Dirty Dogs are Hot, a pop up serving American-style hot dogs from the beer garden on an unexpectedly balmy evening, making for a heady and irresistible proposition. I can only add my praise to that of North West Nosh, who happily brought its existence to my attention.

Dirty Dogs are Hot

The Smokey Joe, consisting of a moreish pork frank (excellent word), smoked beer onions which gave off an incredible aroma, big fat pickles (champion of meat and bread based combos) and an artfully administered squidge of Dijon mustard, these hot dogs pack a punch, though sadly the bread was nothing to write home about. Despite that, Hannah and I could easily have snarfed two.

Dirty Dogs are Hot Menu

Smokey Joe

We had business to attend to however, so after a couple of beers, we headed over to Fresco Freddo’s for a smackerel of something sweet. The shop was brightly lit on the early evening we rocked up, with people sitting in the window enjoying their gelato. The place is very warm and welcoming, no doubt helped by all the clean lines and pastel colours, but mainly because of the very friendly and knowledgeable staff, who expertly helped us navigate the frankly overwhelming choice of gelato and sorbet on offer.

Fresco Freddo’s

All freshly made exclusively for the shop, with natural ingredients and classic flavour combinations, the quality shines through. We started with the peanutella, having heard magical things about it from other bloggers*, and were mighty pleased we did. A gelato of chocolate and caramel with peanut mixed through, it’s the stuff of dreams. The pistachio is particularly noteworthy too; naturally coloured and slightly salty, it’s a lip-smacker, though none of the flavours we tried disappointed.

Fresco Freddo’s

Fresco Freddo’s Gelato and Sorbet

Gelato in itself is an experience, less fatty and richer in flavour than ice cream on account of using milk as opposed to cream, resulting in the flavours coating your mouth rather than fats, and churning at a slower rate means less air is incorporated making for a smoother, denser texture. It’s a treat you can feel especially good about indulging in, though there is always the sorbet if you really want to behave. We finished with a palate cleansing lime and mint number, intensely fresh in flavour and highly recommended.

Fresco Freddo’s

Open until 10pm each night, and for the reasonable sum of £2.30 per scoop, it’s the perfect late night dessert spot, or ideal for one of those rare Manchester days where the sun shines and a canal walk beckons. Fresco Freddo’s do cakes, crepes and waffles too, just in case the Manchester weather stays true to form and you need something to warm your cockles, but if only the real deal will do, there’s always the take-away for a comfy night in with a bowl of cookie dough gelato. They already know their audience well.

* See Good Gobble Blog and Hungry Travel Style for more Fresco Freddo’s flavours and gorgeous imagery

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One Response to “Fresco Freddo’s”

  1. agogo22 August 29, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    Reblogged this on msamba.

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