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Explaining the new wave of Italian ice-cream parlours; plus fruit trees for rent and the pop-up pitstop high above Peckham

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Over the last couple of years there has been a mini-explosion of Italian ice-cream parlours in London. Gelato Mia, run by husband-and-wife team Carlo and Simone Del Mistro, opened its first shop in Holland Park in 2007 and now has four stores across the city. Scoop arrived in Covent Garden at around the same time and has recently opened a second branch in Soho. The latest arrival is Gelupo, also in Soho, a gelateria and Italian delicatessen that is the offspring of Bocca di Lupa, a restaurant notorious for serving Italian dishes of a type not often encountered…

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