Category Archives: Gelato Culture

Lemon & Ginger Gelato: Spring Immunity Boost

Our new Lemon & Ginger gelato flavor is here! Having gelato doesn’t have to be a guilty pleasure and with this new lemon and ginger gelato combo how could it be? It’s fresh, zesty and melts on your palate. Give yourself a spring immunity boost with this cold creamy dessert and a walk around town.

What are the health benefits of Lemon & Ginger gelato?

Lemon gelato is high in vitamin C and a rich source of antioxidants, which have immunity-boosting properties. Ginger is similar and can guard against some bacteria. Its natural oil, gingerol, is responsible for much of ginger’s medicinal properties. Gingerol has also potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.

Lemons & Ginger gelato is also a good source of:

  • Vitamin C
  • Minerals
  • Phytonutrients
  • Antioxidants
  • Folate

Together, they are an unstoppable duo both in taste and in terms of health.

Where can I try Ginger and Lemon gelato?

Shop by GIO Gelati at either of our locations as well as on most delivery apps for a cup or cone to try this fun seasonal flavor! We hope to see you soon!

You can also order a pint of Ginger & Lemon gelato online on our online store:

Blueberry Gelato: Our Spring “Superflavor”

Blueberry gelato is here! We’ve been enjoying blueberry season to its fullest with this new flavor! We believe that the natural seasonality of an ingredient greatly influences its taste. That’s why we have our seasonal flavors. We want to reach an ingredient peak potential, flavor and texture. That’s why April and May are the perfect time for Blueberries. Have you tried this rich, fruity flavor yet?

What are the Health Benefits of Blueberries Gelato?

Blueberries are among the most nutrient-dense berries. In fact, blueberries are believed to have one of the highest antioxidant levels of all common fruits and vegetables. Packed with antioxidants and phytoflavinoids, these berries are full or all kinds of goodies.

Blueberry gelato is also a source of:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin K
  • Manganese
  • Small amounts of various other nutrients

This rich fruity “superflavor” will have you ready for the rest of the day.

This gelato is made up of only three ingredients: blueberries, organic cane sugar, and water. It is vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and egg-free.

Where to try blueberry gelato?

Stop by GIO Gelati at either of our locations as well as on most delivery apps for a cup or cone to try this fun seasonal flavor! We hope to see you soon!

You can also order a pint online on our online store:

Want Gelato delivered to you every 2-4 weeks?

If yes, join GIO Club! Simply choose one of 3 plans and pick your favorite flavors. We’ll worry about the rest! Visit us at GIO Club to sign up.

New Vegan Gelato Subscription from GIO Club

Now going live: GIO Vegan! GIO Gelati is now starting to deliver to vegan customers the news pure-vegan gelato subscription. A new subscription box with 3 pints of vegan gelato of your choice. Local, fresh, healthy, vegan gelato delivered directly to you!

Is Gelato Vegan?

Let’s start by clearing the air. You have mixed emotions when you hear something is vegan? That’s okay. But, let’s make sure we’re on the same page here. When we say vegan gelato, we mean there wasn’t any dairy involved in the process. But in no way, is that a factor in our decision for the end product. At GIO, our vegan options are gelato first and vegan second.

In other words, we prize getting the perfect flavor and consistency above all else during the gelato-making process. Therefore, that means that if a flavor didn’t need any dairy, then it is also vegan. 

Most of our fruit options are vegan because we use pure water instead of milk to enhance the fruits natural flavor. For example, our passion fruit, raspberry and banana flavors are all just 3 ingredients! Organic fruit, organic cane sugar and water blended to creamy perfection! 

Is Vegan Gelato Healthy?

We make Vegan gelato from a wide array of fresh fruity blends and nut or chocolate flavors that are also good for you! As a result, a lower calorie intake and a smaller chance of upsetting your belly. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn that vegan gelato flavors are low in fat and can be up to 20% fewer calories as opposed to their dairy versions.

Want to know the benefits of gelato? Read our article about why gelato is good for you! We believe that picking each fruit in the right season greatly determines our gelato taste, something that we rely heavily on. The seasonality of gelato matters! That’s why we have seasonal flavors, announced at the beginning of each month so we can fully embrace what Mother Nature brings to the table.

“Careful research and respect for each ingredient allow us to offer gelato that is pleasurable from the point of view of taste and aroma. A product aimed at well-being. The choice of working with water and milk alternatives, grants us the true flavor of each ingredient and acts as a study of taste to accompany us in everyday life.”

– Patrizia Pasqualetti, Gelato Chef

How we make Vegan Gelato?

Vegan simply means dairy-free. Containing only the necessities to maintain true flavor and a rich gelato experience. Because gelato is slowly churned over a long period of time, it has the consistency you know and love. But most importantly, this process stays true to the ingredients and differentiates gelato from ice cream. Remember, it’s gelato not ice cream!

Gelato is Our Passion

We’re passionate about gelato and the health benefits of our products. For this reason, we’ve brought over 4 decades of gelato-making wisdom here to the United States to share with you. By hand-picking every ingredient we use, we hope to shape a better tomorrow and a healthier future. 

We believe gelato is the future. 

Try out GIO Vegan Gelato Subscription

Want guilt-free gelato delivered to your door? With GIO Club that’s what you’ll be getting. Browse our large selection of flavors and customise your experience. Contactless delivery every 2-4 weeks means there’s nothing to worry about except how you’re going to enjoy your gelato! We look forward to serving you.

The Italian Tradition of Easter Colomba

Easter is around the corner and that means a day of sweet filled fun! Here’s what we’re bringing to the table to celebrate: Colomba, Gelato-Filled Colomba, and Gelato Easter Eggs.

Easter Colomba

Colomba is a traditional Italian bread made specifically for Easter. Related to Panettone and Pandoro, it is made from similar ingredients. However, the addition of candied peel, almonds and sugar sprinkles differentiate it from the bunch.

Another note of interest is the dovelike shape of the Colomba. After all, Colomba means “dove” in Italian. Doves are known to represent peace, salvation and resurrection: a key part of the Easter tradition.

Make Easter a little bit more Italian by picking up a Colomba. You can get a traditional version or if you’re in for more fun: a gelato-filled version is also available!

Gelato Easter Eggs

We like to put our own spin on each holiday and this time that means Gelato Easter Eggs! These Egg shaped bon bons are such a fun way to enjoy the day and you can even have your very own Easter egg hunt with them (in the freezer that is)!

Spread joy this Easter with a refreshing take on the holiday!

Where to get the goods

Call us, order online or join us in stores to make this Easter a special one!

It’s Spring! Time for gelato!

It’s the 20th of March and you know what that means: spring is here! The birds are singing, the bees are buzzing, and lots of wonderful fruit are finally in season! These next 3 months are full of exciting new flavors. Let’s talk about what’s coming up.

Upcoming Events with GIO Gelati

Join us this Sunday in San Ramon at City Center Bishop Ranch to enjoy a cup of gelato free for kids under 12 while supplies last (100 person cap). Let’s celebrate the coming of spring together!

Spring Gelato Flavors

This March you can find a wonderfully creamy Blood Orange gelato so fill up on it while you still can!

For April, we are exited to announce some new and delicious fruity gelato flavors. Introducing Lemon & Ginger gelato and a rich Blueberry gelato.

High quality Italian goods

Want to enjoy the taste of Italy at home? Browse our selection of imported goods on our online store or at our locations!

Where you can find us

Come to our shops in either San Francisco or San Ramon. You can also get gelato delivered to you using Caviar, Grubhub, Postmates, Doordash or UberEats!

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’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!

Tangerine Gelato: A Healthy Gelato Flavor

As you know, it’s the tangerine season! This means that we will be carrying this precious lil cutie as a gelato flavor. We here at GIO love to follow along with mother nature’s natural schedule because it brings out the best in the produce. Every January, we focus our attention on the tangerine gelato flavor. Let us fill you in on the details!

What are Tangerine Gelato’s health benefits?

In addition to being packed with vitamin C, tangerine gelato is a good source of dietary fiber. It also has a moderate amount of vitamin A. 100 grams of tangerine provide you with approximately 14% of your daily recommended vitamin A intake.

Tangerines are also a source of:

  • Thiamin.
  • Vitamin B6.
  • Copper.
  • Potassium.
  • Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5)
Tangerine contain Vitamin B, Vitamin A, Thiamin, Vitamin B6, Copper, and Potassium. The perfect ingredient for a healthy gelato.

If you love a classic but creamy fruit flavor then you’ll love our tangerine gelato.

This gelato is made up of only three ingredients: tangerines, organic cane sugar, and water. It is vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and egg-free.

Where to try tangerine gelato?

Stop by GIO Gelati in San Francisco or San Ramon for a cup or cone to keep your immune system healthy this winter season. 

You can find us at either of our locations as well as on most delivery apps. We hope to see you soon!

Sachertorte: The Gelato Flavor for Chocolate Lovers

This winter, enjoy our brand new flavor Sachertorte. Sachertorte is a chocolate cake of Austrian origin. Invented in 1832 by Franz Sacher, a 16 year old apprentice pastry chef and chocolate lover.

Inspired by the winter cakes that brighten our tables this season, I wanted to make this chocolate flavor as an ode to them. Deep notes of dark chocolate with a melody of soft ganache and apricot jam made from strictly organic ingredients produce a song that makes the heart and taste buds soar.

What’s the story behind Sachertorte?

Well… young Franz had to replace a sick chef and was in charge of preparing dessert for Prince Von Mitternich Winnesburg. After thinking for a long time, he decided to combine simple and traditional elements such as chocolate and jam to create his delicate masterpiece. It ended up being a great success and it’s obvious why.

Sachertorte still holds our hearts today. Even the hotel the dinner had been held in is now a “sacred” temple for pastries. Considered one of the most famous chocolate cakes of all-time, this story marks an important moment in Austrian history.

Chocolate is the main ingredient for the Sachertorte gelato flavor from GIO Gelati

A chocolate sponge cake layered and covered in apricot jam? Count me in!

Come try our new Sachertorte gelato!

Sachertorte gelato, a creamy combination of chocolate and apricot, is a match made in gelato heaven.  Stop by one of our shops for a cup or cone.

Blood Orange: the Healthiest Winter Gelato Flavor

One of our new flavors every January is Blood Orange gelato. A rich and glorious new addition to the shop and to the palate. Blood oranges are in season from winter to early spring. This makes it the perfect time to reintroduce this exotic gelato flavor to the tastebuds.

How the the Blood Orange Gelato is made?

First cultivated in Italy, the blood orange has spread throughout the world and with it a grand array of recipes. It’s intense red color gives the illusion of heat but translates into an unaltered elegant flavor true to form. We are proud to share this fruit in gelato form, in our very own Italian way. However, these beauties give so much more than just a wonderful look into history. Let’s look at the health benefits!

Is Blood Orange Gelato Healthy?

Antioxidants, minerals, and other nutrients in blood oranges provide many health benefits for all blood orange gelato lovers. Vitamin C helps the body heal and is also an important vitamin for improving your iron absorption.

Blood oranges gelato is a great source of:

Get your dose of vitamins and minerals this January with a spoonful of blood orange gelato!

This orange gelato is comprised of only three ingredients: blood oranges, organic cane sugar, and water. It is vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and egg-free.

Try the Blood Orange gelato at our shops

Visit us on site at either one of our San Francisco or San Ramon locations. Or get your gelato delivered!

Join GIO Club, the gelato subscription box

Want to get gelato delivered to your door every two weeks? Don’t worry, we’ll tell you how. Sign up to our gelato club and rest easy!