A gelato chain known for scooping picture-perfect cones that look like roses is opening a branch in Fort Worth. Amorino is an international chain born in France, which will open a shop at the Shops at Clearfork, the city's buzzy, bustling new retail center. According to a spokeswoman, the opening is tentatively set for December 2017.
Founded in 2002, Amorino specializes in gelato and sorbet, but also serves coffee, macarons, pastries, and chocolate. It has more than 150 locations worldwide, with 10 in the United States, including Boston, San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, and Houston, which opened in August 2016 as the first shop in Texas.
The chain was founded by childhood friends Cristiano Sereni and Paolo Benassi, who opened the first shop on Ile St Louis in the center of Paris. Benassi says that their objective is to make the highest quality gelato as naturally as possible with no artificial colors or flavorings.
In 2005, they centralized their production and deliver the products to each shop ready to be served. Flavors include amarena cherry, Sicilian citrus, banana, salted caramel, coffee, passion fruit, chocolate hazelnut, pistachio, mango, lemon, raspberry, coconut, speculoos (like cookie butter), and fior de latte.
They're known for their macarons, which you can order solo or with ice cream. There are waffles, crepes, and pastries such as pan dolce, tarts, biscotti, and panettone, the seasonal Christmas bread.
They do Italian-style coffee and espresso drinks, plus hot chocolate, tea, and affogato, the ice cream dessert with an espresso pourover. Last but certainly not least, they have an assortment of Italian chocolates that includes candied chestnuts and gianduiotti, the chocolate-hazelnut treat.