Piccoli Lotti is a labour of love.
The local artisanal gelato brand, which first opened along a quiet row of shops in Damansara Kim, was founded by Chong Nge Seng, who switched from a career in consulting, finance, and marketing, to venture into making desserts. In an interview with Options, The Edge, Chong describes how he sought to fill a gap in the local market for quality gelato made with fresh, local ingredients – going as far as Bologna in Italy to learn how to make these delectable frozen treats. The name Piccoli Lotti, in fact, means “small batches” in Italian, which is just how Chong and his team makes them.
Since then, Piccoli Lotti has opened several new branches, one of which is located in Bandar Puteri Puchong. The Hubs and I came across the shop when we were walking around after breakfast, and decided to satisfy our sweet tooth.
It was early, so we had the whole place to ourselves! The cafe is very Instagrammable, with Scandinavian/Japanese aesthetic featuring clean, minimalist lines, white walls, and light-coloured wooden furniture.
We made a beeline for the gelato counter. There were 18 types of gelato and sorbets to choose from during our visit; I believe they rotate these on a regular basis. There were, of course, classics like Belgian Chocolate, Caramel Cookies, and Hazelnut – but also fruity flavours like yuzu and mango, as well as creative “localized” ones like Pulut Tai Tai (a Nyonya dessert of glutinous rice with butterfly pea flowers that is usually served with kaya), Durian, and Pink Guava Asam Boi.
The Hubs had the Forest Berry Crumble. If you like berry flavours, this should be right up your alley. It’s creamy but not overpowering, and the sourness from the berries balances it out well.
I was intrigued by the Chrysanthemum with Cocoa Nibs, as I have never come across such a gelato flavour before. It was sweet and milky, but I could taste the subtle fragrance of chrysanthemum, while the cocoa nibs gave it an interesting texture and another layer of depth.
PS: The scoop here is huge by the way. Well worth the price!
While I enjoyed Piccoli Lotti, I couldn’t help but draw comparisons to the other local gelato/ice-cream brand, Inside Scoop. I think they’re both unique, since the flavours they offer are different – but taste-wise, I think Inside Scoop still wins in my book. It’s not to say that Piccoli Lotti isn’t good, but based on what we tried, their flavours seem to be a bit more subtle, whereas Inside Scoop tends to have stronger, creamier flavours, which I prefer.
Either way, this is great news for Puchong-ites: because we now have MORE options for gelato. And no one ever says no to gelato.
PICCOLI LOTTI (PUCHONG)
16, Jalan Puteri 2/2, Bandar Puteri, 47100 Puchong, Selangor
Opening hours: 12PM – 10PM (daily)