Edinburgh’s new Nardini’s sells out ice cream stock

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MAMA Mia! Legendary Italian ice cream giants Nardini’s has become an instant hit in the Capital – selling out of stock in its first week.

MAMA Mia! Legendary Italian ice cream giants Nardini’s has become an instant hit in the Capital – selling out of stock in its first week.

Boss Maddalena Farina with cafe assistant Leo Carbalho. Picture: Greg Macvean

Boss Maddalena Farina with cafe assistant Leo Carbalho. Picture: Greg Macvean

The Ayrshire powerhouse has opened its first art deco parlour in trendy Bruntsfield, whipping up a frenzy of people wanting a taste of the west coast.

Ice cream lovers exhausted its supplies of classic double-cream vanilla tubs within hours. While sales of hot fudge volcanoes and raspberry snowball delights have also been brisk – instantly winning the homemade creamy stuff a loyal fan base.

We previously told how the move could spark an ice cream war with homegrown Capital based ice cream makers – like well-loved S Luca.

And with that looking likely, Nardini’s boss Maddalena Farina has said she hopes to have the competition licked with her secret weapon – the Clyde Coast Extravaganza.

The jumbo-sized Sundae – made up of a colossal 12 scoops and 16 toppings – costs a whopping £14.95.

The sugary behemoth has already defeated one woman who thought she could demolish two in one sitting. Madddalena said: “We’ve already impressed some of the customers with the Clyde Coast Extravaganza. It’s the biggest thing we offer and it’s quite an achievement to finish it.

“A lady tried getting two of them but I think she was shocked at how big they were when she saw them. We had to make it a takeaway for her.”

Owner Sep Marini wanted to expand the enterprise and thought the old post office on Merchiston Place was the perfect location. His team spent ten weeks decking out the former restaurant to transform it into a “little Largs” and he said: “It is an iconic Scottish brand and we were looking to expand Nardini’s so where better than the Capital?

“We’ve only just opened but it seems to be a big hit already. Whenever I’ve been in, it has been full so it’s obviously a good sign. We’re looking forward to summer.”

Customer Jack Robertson, 54, from Bruntsfield, said he remembered going to the legendary Largs branch when he was a boy.

He said: “Coming in here has definitely got childhood resonances. I went to the one in Largs when I was about nine. It’s a west coast institution. This time I’ve come in for a coffee and a pastry and I am very impressed with the quality.”

Graham Stobbs, 52, from Tollcross, said the company’s move east was a welcome addition to the area. He said: “When I heard it was opening, the first thing I thought of was Lucas and that it’s in direct competition with the east coast ice cream makers. I think it’s great.

“I’m very impressed with it, I like the feel of the place. Considering it’s famed for its ice cream, it still has quite an adult feel to it.”

Outside S Luca in Morningside, however, one local fan refused to have their head turned by the west coast invader. Nic Carmichael, 49, of Castle Terrace, said: “There’s only one Edinburgh ice cream and it’s not Nardini’s.”