Dessert parlour selling ice-cream, crepes and waffles to open in Corby on Monday

Italgelato is opening in Corby next week
Italgelato is opening in Corby next week

People with a sweet tooth don’t have long to wait until Corby’s new dessert parlour opens on Monday.

Italgelato will open in Corporation Street next week, offering up to 28 different flavours of gelato ice-cream and sorbet, as well as waffles, crepes and cakes.

Assistant manager Tina Stewart and manager Aivis Klavins with the plans for the finished parlour

Assistant manager Tina Stewart and manager Aivis Klavins with the plans for the finished parlour

The menu also boasts a range of drinks, including teas, coffees, milkshakes and chilled drinks.

Inspired by the dessert parlours of Italy, business partners Roberto Misciali and Machello Rossi are hoping to bring something special to Corby.

Machello said: “We are born and bred in Kettering, but we believe Corby is the place to be.”

He added: “We wanted to do something very special.

There is a massive buzz about it opening here

Dan Pickard

“You can go to other ice-cream parlours in the UK, but we thought we could do a better job.”

As well as specialist equipment coming over from Italy for the new venture, there will be pictures of old Italy on the walls.

The decor will also include mirrors and televisions, with work ongoing to get everything ready for next week.

People have been popping in to see when the parlour is opening, and staff say they have been welcomed by other traders in the area.

Roberto said: “We are coming to the end now, a couple more days and it will be open by Monday.”

He added: “There’s nothing else like this in Northamptonshire.”

Italgelato ran a competition ahead of opening to find a new flavour for them to try.

The winning ‘Corby Cooler’ idea of Irn Bru flavour came from Linsey Carson.

The staff have already tried making it, and Linsey will get a trip to the factory to see her ice-cream flavour made.

Dan Pickard from Willow Place said the competition had been really successful and they had received five or six requests for the same recipe.

He said he was delighted that Italgelato had chosen Corby and added: “There is a massive buzz about it opening here.

“Apart from Primark opening, this is the biggest response that I have known to a new shop opening.”

Gelato is the Italian for ice-cream and new batches will be hand-made at Italgelato every day.

By containing only 20 per cent air, bosses say their gelato is denser and richer.

The waffles and crepes will be made to order, the croissants and muffins are supplied locally and cakes will be made by a family-run company in London.

The shop will be able to seat about 80 people, and will be available for private bookings.

It also has a children’s party room, which can seat 12.

More than 200 applications came in for the 20 jobs created by the new dessert parlour.