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Toppings, Anyone?

You love gelato but want to take the experience to another level? Try out our selection of toppings! Here at GIO, we offer an array of delicious additions both in store and with our GIO Club membership.

The Options

Our gelato chef Patrizia Pasqualetti, thought long and hard about the best series of combinations she should select to accentuate our gelato. Enriching your gelato experience was of the utmost importance and so an array of natural ingredients was hand-picked.

You can choose from an array of options to top-off your gelato starting with: chopped almonds, hazelnut and pistachio. Next up, a variety of high quality chocolate pearls in various flavors including: dark chocolate, white and hazelnut chocolate, chocolate with raspberry.

How to pair your gelato and toppings

You may think there’s nothing to choosing your gelato toppings, but it can make or break the experience. We recommend:

Chopped California almonds paired with gelato flavors such as salted caramel, vanilla and our fantastic pistachio ice cream.

Chopped Piedmont hazelnut paired with espresso, tiramisu and cappuccino gelato. In the Italian tradition, hazelnut binds very very well with all those ice creams that have espresso. Try it for yourself!

Chopped pistachio with maldon salt can be paired with dairy-free coconut or dairy-free chocolate gelato. Salty and sweet flavors blend well giving your tastebuds more to enjoy.

Chocolate pearls are a fun addition to any cup or cone. Enjoy garnishing your favorite gelato flavor with GIO’s colorful chocolate pearls.

Any combination can be fantastic, fun and cheerful. The addition of the crunch factor can be a pleasing sensation that everyone can enjoy.

You can try these and other combinations to personalize your gelato and make it a pleasant moment in your daily life.

You can also try all these toppings at home thanks to GIO Club! wherever you are.

How to join GIO Club

First you need to ask yourself, do I want gelato delivered right to my door every two to four weeks? If yes, this is the perfect plan for you. Pick your flavor selection and let us worry about the rest! Visit us at GIO Club to sign up.


GIO Gelati has been making authentic Italian gelato in San Francisco since 2018 and quickly become the most loved gelato place in the Bay Area.
GIO Gelati is now offering a new gelato delivery service for gelato lovers. The GIO Club program offers regular delivery of delicious Italian gelato at your door every 2 or 4 weeks. It’s not ice cream, it’s gelato!

GIO Gelati and the Super Bowl

It’s time to prepare for the Super Bowl! Even if you’re not into sports, you’ll have to stick around for the snacks and good company. You’ll want to have a nice array of options to satisfy your cravings this year and that’s where we step in. Order an array of frozen goodies from us and have them ready for the big day.

Whether you’re hosting a Super Bowl party at your place or you’re tasked with bringing the sweets, gelato is the answer! You can pre-order and keep it in the freezer for after all those salty snacks. We promise, our gelato will have everyone asking for another scoop.

With a wide array of flavors, we’ve got all our bases covered. If you’re vegan, check out our fruity flavors. Lactose intolerant? Milk alternatives such as oat milk and coconut milk mean you don’t have to miss out on the good stuff. Nut-free, gluten-free and egg-free options are all available. Check out our flavors here or ask us!

Super Bowl Deals

Now if you buy more than 3 pints, get one set of bonbons for free with your order. And if you subscribe to GIO Club before the 10th of February, you get one extra pint on the house!

Delivery Options

Get your Super Bowl gelato using one of these five platforms: Grubhub, Doordash, Postmates, Uber Eats, Caviar. Order on our online store or at one of our locations in San Francisco and San Ramon.

GIO Club

GIO Club is the first and only subscription service in the Bay Area delivering artisanal Italian gelato. Every single pint of gelato is locally produced in San Francisco using the best local seasonal ingredients to create a healthy and enjoyable dessert that is perfect for kids, adults, and the elderly.

Subscribers to the new program will receive regular delivery of Italian gelato to their homes or places of work with the flexibility to customize flavor, quantity and frequency.


GIO Gelati has been making authentic Italian gelato in San Francisco since 2018 and quickly become the most loved gelato place in the Bay Area.
GIO Gelati is now offering a new gelato delivery service for gelato lovers. The GIO Club program offers regular delivery of delicious Italian gelato at your door every 2 or 4 weeks. It’s not ice cream, it’s gelato!

GIO Gelati’s 3rd Anniversary!

From humble beginnings, GIO Gelati is excited to announce it’s 3rd anniversary. It’s been a wild first couple of years and here’s to many more!

GIO Gelati’s History

We began this adventure with the enthusiasm of kids.

Three years ago, we opened with the idea of bringing in artisanal expertise to make Italian gelato. California gave us what we hoped for and more. It has shown us all its natural power, offering ingredients that create gelato at a higher quality. This extraordinary pairing has allowed us to take gelato to the next level.

We began our adventure in San Francisco; Cow Hallow to be exact. The community welcomed us with enthusiasm and gave us the motivation to keep growing. Eventually we were able to open another store in San Ramon. An East Bay location we chose because of the lovely City Center Bishop Ranch.

In 2020, to partially compensate for the impact of COVID-19, we launched the GIO Membership program. This allowed us to deliver in the entire Bay Area and let us bring the joy of gelato to our customers.

The GIO brand was born from a love of the United States and a passion for gelato. The goal has always been simple: to put gelato in your hands and a smile on your face.

What does GIO stand for?

GIO stands for “Gelato Italiano Originale” and that’s just what we serve. Each flavor is crafted from scratch with all-natural, farm fresh ingredients and a passion for perfection.

Celebrate this special day with us!

We want to celebrate by thanking our fans with free gelato in our stores today from 12pm to 3pm. And any orders on the website will include a set of 6 bon bons for free!


GIO Gelati has been making authentic Italian gelato in San Francisco since 2018 and quickly become the most loved gelato place in the Bay Area.
GIO Gelati is now offering a new gelato delivery service for gelato lovers. The GIO Club program offers regular delivery of delicious Italian gelato at your door every 2 or 4 weeks. It’s not ice cream, it’s gelato!

2021 with GIO

Among Americans who are making New Year’s resolutions for 2021, one of the most common ones is “improving diet” which ranks 4th at 39%. 

Staying in line with your New Year’s Resolutions doesn’t have to be so hard. Let us tell you some of the details so you can rest easy. 

New Year’s Resolutions and Eating Healthy

If you’re saying “I want to eat healthy but it’s just too difficult” then we’re on the same page. But did you know that gelato is good for you?

Just look at the list of ingredients and you’ll notice there isn’t anything you can’t pronounce. We don’t use preservatives, artificial flavors or coloring in our gelato. It’s simply what you see is what you get. 

  • Gelato is both lower in fat and calories compared to ice cream
  • Gelato is made from milk or water, which accounts for less calories and fat and more calcium
  • Gelato contains carbohydrates in the form of simple sugars, which your body can quickly absorb and use as energy.  
  • Gelato, especially when made with milk and/or nuts, contains a high amount of protein
  • Depending on the ingredients gelato can contain enzymes which help your digestive system work better
  • Gelato also contains a high number of vitamins especially the fruit flavors
  • Many gelato flavors are vegan or dairy-free

Want to be more aware of where your food is sourced and the environmental impact you’re making?

Have no fear! We source all of our ingredients locally, supporting small businesses here in California. We also respect the seasonality of our ingredients making for stronger and more natural flavors. This means some of our flavors aren’t available year-round. However, it allows us to always give you the best of the best. 

We also use 100% recyclable packaging to strengthen our bond with mother nature. She is after all, the one that makes it all possible. We owe it all to the rich Earth and the wonderful California sun.

The First Scoop of 2021

It’s possible to stay on track and achieve those 2021 resolutions. We believe in you! And remember if you want to indulge we’ll be here at our shops. After all, what is life without a little indulgence? 

We at GIO Gelati are here to satisfy your cravings, knowing that we are giving our community the healthiest, most natural ingredients. We even deliver right to your doorstep with our GIO Club.

Ciao and Felice Anno Nuovo!


GIO Gelati has been making authentic Italian gelato in San Francisco since 2018 and quickly become the most loved gelato place in the Bay Area.
GIO Gelati is now offering a new gelato delivery service for gelato lovers. The GIO Club program offers regular delivery of delicious Italian gelato at your door every 2 or 4 weeks. It’s not ice cream, it’s gelato!

2020: An over the year with GIO

We here at GIO want to wish you “Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!”

2020 has been quite the rollercoaster but we’re glad we could share it with you. It has been a tough year full of growth and although it had its ups and downs we made it through. It taught us to stay strong, stay creative and to be thankful for the little things.

2020 Vision

Here’s a little something we’ve put together. Take a look at 2020 with us!

We want to celebrate the small wins, the teamwork and the positivity that kept us going. The truth is we couldn’t have done it without you.

Thank you from GIO

Thank you so much for your support in 2020. We truly appreciate your business and look forward to serving you time and time again. We’re so lucky to have customers like you!

Come try authentic Italian gelato

When you come to our stores and buy our gelato or when you receive our gelato at home with your GIO Club subscription, we want you to experience the best that nature has to offer through the purity of the ingredients we use.

We believe that by respecting nature and its cycles and by producing our gelato in an artisanal way, we give you healthy gelato that will always satisfy your desire for a special treat.

Happy Holidays!


GIO Gelati has been making authentic Italian gelato in San Francisco since 2018 and quickly become the most loved gelato place in the Bay Area.
GIO Gelati is now offering a new gelato delivery service for gelato lovers. The GIO Club program offers regular delivery of delicious Italian gelato at your door every 2 or 4 weeks. It’s not ice cream, it’s gelato!

Panettone for the Holidays

Have you pre-ordered your gelato filled Panettone for the holidays yet? If not, we’ve got you covered. Don’t know what it is? Let us tell you. 

What is Panettone?

Panettone is a type of sweet bread usually prepared and enjoyed for Christmas and New Year’s. Originally from Milan, the act of giving a Panettone is a gesture rich in history and tradition.

The process is similar to that of sourdough, taking several days to leaven and resulting in a wonderful, fluffy masterpiece. You can highlight the dinner table this holiday season with a classic panettone or one filled with gelato!

Gelato Filled Panettone

GIO’s Panettone for the holidays comes layered with vanilla orange almond, chocolate and espresso gelato and topped with Chantilly cream. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect combination. Want to custom order your Panettone with the flavors you love? Just let us know!

Make sure to pre-order now so you have it by Christmas/New Year’s.

How to Prepare Your Panettone

Once you’re ready to eat your Classic Panettone unwrap it and stick it in the oven for 5 minutes at 350°F. You can then slice your panettone (like you would a cake) and share it.

If you have a Gelato-Filled Panettone, preheat the oven to 350°F and then turn it off and place the Panettone inside for 2-3 minutes. We find the mix of hot and cold a delight to the senses! This step is entirely optional but we highly recommend it if you like something on the warmer side. Slice it and serve it to your loved ones.

Seasonal Flavors

Don’t forget to try our seasonal flavors while you still can!

Salted Caramel – A mix of caramel and fleur de sel French sea salt

Christmas Cream – Custard flavor crema gelato made the Italian way and topped with panettone pieces

Tangerine – A refreshing and tangy boost of Vitamin C

Sour Cherry – Italian cherries paired with creamy zabaione gelato

Where to Order Your Panettone

Order now on our online store or stop by our shops. We have a wonderful selection of seasonal items and a small selection of quality Italian products to share with you.

We look forward to seeing you!


GIO Gelati has been making authentic Italian gelato in San Francisco since 2018 and quickly become the most loved gelato place in the Bay Area.
GIO Gelati is now offering a new gelato delivery service for gelato lovers. The GIO Club program offers regular delivery of delicious Italian gelato at your door every 2 or 4 weeks. It’s not ice cream, it’s gelato!

New Products In-Stores Now

We are pleased to announce the arrival of a small selection of quality Italian products in our stores this holiday season. This array was inspired by the 5th annual week of Italian cuisine in San Francisco organized by The Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco and the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco.

These new products all follow GIO’s philosophy of color, flavor and aroma. In fact, they bring a lot to the table. These all natural products are special not only for their high quality ingredients but also for the wonderful history and tradition behind them. Here at GIO, we take pride in picking the best of the best and sharing what we know with you.

We would like to introduce you to some of our favorite brands: SabadiPariani, and Chiaverini.

Sabadi

If you like chocolate then of course you’ll love Sabadi. They make chocolate according to the age-old Modica cold working process. This process fully preserves the cocoa’s unique and aromatic notes and the ingredients’ beneficial properties. We’re excited to share a variety of their products with you, all organic and all delicious.

Pariani

The story of the Pariani brand is one for the books. Giovanni Pariani’s passion and skill for Italian pastries has changed the world itself. If you have tried their Panettone then you’ll know what we’re talking about. 

In our stores, you’ll find an array of Pariani products ranging from Hazelnut Spread to Pistachio & White Chocolate Pralines. Their selection of excellent raw materials and cutting-edge pastry techniques guarantee a product with a refined balance between tradition and novelty. 

Chiaverini

The Chiaverini brothers have been making organic jams and marmalades since 1928. Starting just outside the walls of Florence, they selected fruit from the local farmers and transformed them into jams. 90 years later, they are a family name and not without good reason. By using the same recipes that have been handed down generation after generation, their jams and marmalades have become a literal taste of history. We just can’t recommend them more!

Want a little bit of everything? 

No worries, you can get a one of our pre-made bundles or hand-pick each item. In fact, don’t worry about treating yourself this holiday season. Eat well and enjoy the little things!

Where can you get the goods?

Come to our shops in San Francisco or San Ramon and browse the selection of goodies or take a look at our online store! 

Become a GIO member

Join the GIO membership program to be the first to try new flavors and receive exclusive gelato based recipes you can try at home! Just remember: it’s not ice cream, it’s gelato! Simply choose between the two available plans and our selection of flavors.


GIO Gelati has been making authentic Italian gelato in San Francisco since 2018 and quickly become the most loved gelato place in the Bay Area.
GIO Gelati is now offering a new gelato delivery service for gelato lovers. The GIO Club program offers regular delivery of delicious Italian gelato at your door every 2 or 4 weeks. It’s not ice cream, it’s gelato!

Introducing Our New Event: Art at GIO

Art at GIO is our way of bringing art, beauty and hope to our clients and neighbors during this hard time. Restrictions, travel bans, and closed museums don’t have to stop you from enjoying the simple pleasures of life. In fact, this holiday season we invite you to the first chapter of this ongoing event. Stop by and be transported to a whole new world! 

Art at GIO Presents: Isauna Mitchell

Isauna Mitchell is a Taiwanese-American artist currently living in Rome, Italy. After studying films from a young age, she realized her love of storytelling was universal. It was only a matter of time before she was stealing her mother’s camera, in search of the next great shot.  

Isauna graduated from the Beijing Film Academy with a major in Directing. A passion for designing spaces led her to work as an art director for film and has since only expanded her knowledge of framing. Isauna is a full time freelance artist with a hands-on approach, completing work for shows and print alike as well as working on both design and graphic design projects.  

She enjoys creating picturesque scenes and using her specific lens to capture the world from her perspective. Ultimately, her process is more discovery than creation. She follows her curiosity and encapsulates moments and feelings. Isauna works from a place of multiculturalism, often gravitating towards inner reflection and growth. She believes the greatest gift an artist has is the ability to channel fears, hopes and experience into a representation of one’s potential.

The present collection of work includes two series: Back Again and La Cuccagna as well as various others. These collections dive into her experience of living in Italy from her own unique perspective. 

Come See Art at GIO

Art at GIO, combines art and a scoop of happiness into one. You could say it’s a match made in heaven. Have you ever wanted to eat gelato at an art gallery? Well now you can! 

From now until January 9th, you will be able to find Isauna’s photography in our stores. Come join us at either of our locations to be carried away to Italy through her photographs. 

San Francisco Shop: 1998 Union Street , San Francisco, CA 94123

San Ramon Shop: 6000 Bollinger Canyon Rd Ste 1510, San Ramon, CA 94583


GIO Gelati has been making authentic Italian gelato in San Francisco since 2018 and quickly become the most loved gelato place in the Bay Area.
GIO Gelati is now offering a new gelato delivery service for gelato lovers. The GIO Club program offers regular delivery of delicious Italian gelato at your door every 2 or 4 weeks. It’s not ice cream, it’s gelato!

Changing GIO Gelati flavors

How to Change Flavor Selection for Your Next GIO Club Delivery

Changing your favorite flavors for the next GIO Club delivery is very easy! A few clicks and you are done. Watch this short video to learn how.


GIO Gelati has been making authentic Italian gelato in San Francisco since 2018 and quickly become the most loved gelato place in the Bay Area.
GIO Gelati is now offering a new gelato delivery service for gelato lovers. The GIO Club program offers regular delivery of delicious Italian gelato at your door every 2 or 4 weeks. It’s not ice cream, it’s gelato!

GIO Gelati Launches GIO Club, The First And Only Italian Gelato Subscription Service in the Bay Area

GIO Club subscription service now available in most of the
San Francisco Bay Area with weekly deliveries

GIO Gelati Press Release

San Francisco, CA – July 14th, 2020: GIO Gelati, maker of the most authentic Italian gelato in the Bay Area, announces the launch of a new gelato subscription service, GIO Club, immediately available to most San Francisco Bay Area residents. Subscribers to the new program will receive regular delivery of Italian gelato to their homes or places of work with the flexibility to customize flavor, quantity and frequency.

Guido Mastropaolo, GIO Gelati CEO, shares the vision: “We created this new service by leveraging what we learned while donating gelato to the elderly of the local Italian community and to the first responders at the San Francisco General Hospital during the pandemic. Receiving gelato at the doorstep always brings out a smile.

With the GIO Club subscription program, the company embraces a new business model bridging the gap between the physical and the digital to make gelato readily available to more people whenever they need it–at home in their freezer!

The company Gelato Chef, Patrizia Pasqualetti, explains the benefits of the GIO Club: “We want to provide all GIO Club members with the opportunity to explore and enjoy all our new and seasonal flavors from the comfort of their homes.” 

GIO Club is the first and only subscription service delivering Italian artisanal gelato. Every single pint of gelato is locally produced in San Francisco using the best local seasonal ingredients to create a healthy and enjoyable dessert that is perfect for kids, adults, and the elderly.
About GIO Gelati: GIO Gelati is a local company founded in San Francisco in 2018 to combine authentic Italian gelato traditions with the best, healthiest and freshest Californian ingredients. GIO Gelati opened its first shop in San Francisco in 2018, and in 2019 it opened a second location in San Ramon City Center.

Video of the Online Announcement

Guido Mastropaolo (CEO) and Patrizia Pasqualetti (Gelato Chef) interviews by Marcia Gagliardi (tablehopper)

GIO Gelati Event Transcripts

Marcia: SF food writer, lived in Italy, gelato as a daily lifestyle, hard to find quality gelato here, introduced to GIO by Viola Buitoni, better than most I’ve had in Italy.

I’m excited to be in conversation with the founders and creators of GIO Gelati, Guido Mastropaolo, CEO, an entrepreneur with a strategic planning and business development background, and an innovator in the media business, and Patrizia Pasqualetti, GIO’s Gelato Chef, a pastry chef who comes from a long family tradition of artisanal gelato makers in Orvieto, Italy. She has appeared on Italian national TV and radio programs sharing her love for the craft of gelato-making. 

If you have any questions for Guido and Patrizia, we’ll have a Q&A at the end of this interview!

So first, let me tell you about GIO Gelati. 

It stands for Gelato Italiano Originale, and it’s pronounced “Joe”–but it’s okay if you call it “gio.” GIO Gelati is a local business that was founded in San Francisco in 2018 to combine authentic Italian gelato traditions with the best, healthiest and freshest Californian ingredients. 

GIO Gelati opened its first shop in San Francisco in 2018 (1998 Union street @ Buchanan), and in 2019 it opened a second location in San Ramon City Center. Their shops are currently open for pickup and delivery and they have just launched a brand-new online membership program called “GIO Club”, the first of its kind, which I am excited for us to talk about more in a few minutes! 

This is something I love about this company–their roots are in Italian traditions and the artisanal craft of making gelato, but with their location in California, they not only integrate local and high-quality ingredients and create new flavors, but they’re innovating this new GIO Club program as well, which we’re excited to be presenting to you today!

Marcia: Guido, what inspired you to open GIO here in SF?

Guido: I have a corporate background, and between Disney and other jobs I had before, I found myself coming to the bay area on business very often and I quickly fell in love with SF. I have always been a food aficionado and, being Italian, I have always had a great passion for gelato. As I discovered the city more and more, I noticed there weren’t many authentic Italian-style gelato shops around. Living in Italy, I grew up walking around the city eating gelato whenever a ray of sunshine came out and this has alway been something I greatly missed whenever I was abroad. This was the motivation to open, then I started to talk about it with Patrizia, whom I knew as one of the best gelato chefs in Italy, and when she said that she would have been ready to join the adventure, I had no more doubts.

Marcia: Patrizia, How do you assess gelato? What goes into making the best gelato?

Patrizia: There are three important characteristics that I always say define our product: smell, color and taste. We pride ourselves on only using natural and fresh ingredients in order to respect and appreciate what the planet gives us. The selection of raw material is extremely important as we don’t add any food coloring or fats such as butter. This enables us to create a product that stays true to the main ingredient’s attributes and give the client the best experience both in taste and health. 

Marcia: Which are the characteristics of GIO’s gelato? What makes it superior?

Patrizia: Our gelato, as I said before, is made with fresh ingredients, so our flavors change seasonally. The fruit flavors are the ones that change the most, as we buy our fruit weekly from local farmer’s markets and farms, so our production depends upon what’s in season. We also vary our milk-based flavors by season in order to always have something new in store as well as adapting our flavors to the temperature and weather. As an example, we can take Salted Caramel which is a winter flavor and was recently replaced by our new recipe of Lemon Crema, which, being lighter, is easier to pair with fruit flavors. We also make everything by hand, so it truly has the artisan touch.

Moreover, what distinguishes us from the competition is our ability to use water as a base for certain flavors, making all our fruit flavors vegan, as well as working with milk alternatives such as oatmilk to create many additional vegan flavors to cater to everyone’s dietary needs and preferences. We want everyone to be able to enjoy our gelato.

Marcia: Guido, we’re just finishing our fourth month of staying at home during the pandemic. It has been an extremely tough period for food businesses. What have you learned from these pandemic times?

Guido: When the lockdown began, we saw a general atmosphere of distress. We have always tried to create joy around us through our work and, although we were stressed by the situation too, wanted to keep bringing some happiness to people, even more so during these challenging times. It’s what inspired us to donate our gelato to first responders and people in need. We started bringing our gelato to the nurses and doctors of the San Francisco Memorial hospital and supporting old italian immigrants with Italian Community Services, mainly in North Beach.

Furthermore, we wanted to help the community in their efforts of staying at home to beat the pandemic and came up with the idea of creating “GIO Club”. This was through trial and error as it was born out of an emergency situation and our clients’ demand to get delivery (not everyone is equipped to deliver gelato like we are), but we are now ready to launch this initiative throughout the bay area. 

Marcia: Guido, what is and how does GIO Club work?

Guido: GIO Club is a membership program so our customers can choose their favorite gelato flavors and have them delivered on a schedule and frequency that works best for them. We’re trying to bring the store to life in their home, even if you live far away.  with this new website, we will reach a broader area, offer a great selection of flavors and more options for our customers. Freedom and flexibility are key parts of the GIO experience in the shops, along with the quality of the product, and we made sure to recreate the same experience online.

We also offer complementary products, like Italian coffee and Sicilian jams, that you can find in our shops, which members can buy and have delivered with their gelato. The product is delivered with our GIO refrigerated truck, keeping our freshly made gelato  at extremely low temperatures. We deliver it in eco-friendly packaging.

Our members will be able to create lovely joyful moments at home. A cup of gelato is a perfect reason to take a break when working from home or when relaxing in the backyard with your family or friends.

M: How much does GIO Club cost? How many flavors can consumers order?

Guido: GIO Solo delivers three pints of gelato every two or four weeks starting at $42 with a one-time set up fee of $11.95. You can choose a different flavor per pint. You can change the flavors for every shipment. 

The GIO Gusto option gives you five mezzo containers (21 ounces each) of gelato every two to four weeks starting at $79, with no setup fee. If you commit to three shipments then Gio will cover your shipping. Otherwise shipping is $5.

Marcia: Is it a big change from a company standpoint?

G: Sure! We are a small business. We started with the traditional gelateria model and now we are ready to bridge the conventional retail style with a digital experience. We want to offer the same experience to our clients, while quickly adapting to evolving social and consumer behaviors. These changes are essential for us to stay in business during the current times but especially to grow while keeping a close relationship with our customers.

Marcia: Patrizia, are the GIO Club members going to have the same choices of flavors as at the store?

Patrizia: Of course! The online list of flavors for GIO Club changes accordingly, and are exactly the same as what a customer entering our shops will experience, we make an effort to add new ones online as soon as we start making them in-shop. The GIO Club and GIO Gelati shop experiences are as similar as they can be.

Marcia: Patrizia, it’s summertime! What are some of your favorite flavors available in GIO Club right now?

Patrizia: California is such a blessed State! The colors of the Summer are so strong, which reflects on the color of the fruits and, therefore, on the color of Gio Gelati: we like to think that we’re sending you a ray of sunshine when you receive GIO Club at home. Some of my favorites right now are peach, apricot and strawberry, all of which are vegan, and made with only water, fresh fruit, and a little sugar. It’s like eating a piece of summer!

Marcia: Guido your shops are open right now?

Guido: Yes, both Union Street and SR are open for Pick-Up and Delivery, so in addition to the possibility to become a member of GIO Club,  you can also come visit us at the store. We love to have people come in, of course, respecting the appropriate safety rules, and share a smile, from under our masks … 

Marcia: We are very excited for the launch of the new GIO Club and wish you the very best with the launch. Everyone, you can visit giogelati.com to learn more about the GIO Club and sign up. Thank you for telling your friends and fellow gelato lovers about it! And a membership in GIO Club is a great gift for friends and family for anyone you can’t see in person right now. Let me tell you, getting a gelato delivery at home is a magical thing. 

As a thanks to everyone who joined us for this presentation, be sure to check your email for a special coupon for the Gio Club that we are emailing you today!

GIO Gelati Event Participants

Marcia Gagliardi – tablehopper.com, Moderator

Marcia Gagliardi is a San Francisco–based culinary personality and writer, well-known for her groundbreaking 14-year-old tablehopper e-column, an established insider resource for the latest SF Bay Area restaurant and bar news, events, and more. Her column (and hunger-inducing @tablehopper on Instagram) are avidly read by a loyal following of both consumers and the F&B industry. As a freelance food writer, she has written for countless publications and guidebooks, including the Louis Vuitton City Guide 2017: San Francisco and 2013, Travel + Leisure, and Condé Nast Traveler. She has had numerous television and radio appearances (including her own weekly radio spot), and is known for her memorable events featuring many top-tier clients, including Louis Roederer Champagne, Campari America, and Rémy Cointreau.

Guido Mastropaolo, CEO

With a strategic planning and business development background and innovator in the media business, Guido has led a number of high-ranking executive positions at Disney (VP Worldwide), La Repubblica, Mondadori, and De Agostini (Managing Director France) in Europe and around the world. An entrepreneur with experience with several startups (primarily in the digital business realm), Guido is committed to the adventure of taking his passion for the best gelato and helping to elevate it in a country he loves: the United States.

Patrizia Pasqualetti, Gelato Chef

Patrizia is a pastry chef specializing in gelato. She comes from a long family tradition of artisanal gelato makers in Orvieto, Italy. Patrizia has shared her experience and knowledge with the Department of Nutritional Science in Milan to support research and experimentation in the gelato field. Her love for original gelato has taken her from the production lab to the Italian national TV and radio, where she has conducted regular programs on food. Patrizia has also been involved in food trade shows with the Slow Food Movement to promote the Italian tradition of gelato making.

GIO Gelati, the business

At GIO Gelati, traditional Italian recipes meet impeccable California ingredients for authentic, silky smooth gelato that will dance with your palate.

GIO stands for “Gelato Italiano Originale” and that’s just what we serve — each flavor we craft is made in-house from scratch with all-natural, farm-fresh ingredients and a passion for perfection.

You’ll choose from our classic and seasonal flavors with plenty of dairy-free and vegan options for everyone to enjoy. Stop by and explore a mouth-watering new flavor, or unwind and enjoy an Italian breakfast with an aromatic espresso. No matter when you come by, we invite you to slow down for a while and savor our flavorful gelati while exploring Cow Hollow, our charming little scoop of San Francisco or check out our most recent in San Ramon at the City Center Bishop Ranch.