Category Archives: Gelato Culture

What to Expect this May

As the warm weather spreads across our beautiful bay area, with it comes a revitalized spring energy. These next few months will be full of new flavors…

May Flavors

These next few months bring us peak seasonality for many fruit flavors making it a great time for dairy-free or vegan gelato. The month of May brings with it Kiwi, Lemon and Blueberry gelato. Let’s learn more about these 3 rich flavors.

Kiwi Gelato

Kiwis are packed with Vitamin C and although they can be quite tart are known to provide a great many health benefits. For a breakdown, take a look at our Kiwi Blog Post!

Lemon Gelato

Lemon gelato is high in vitamin C and a rich source of antioxidants, which have immunity-boosting properties. This zesty flavor dances on your palate and provides a fresh sensation to your day. It pairs well with other fruit flavors!

Blueberry Gelato

Known as one of many superfoods, blueberries are packed with antioxidants, potassium and vitamin C. This delicious berry flavor is a great addition to your cup or cone with its punch of fruity goodness. Read more about our Blueberry flavor here.

Book our GIO Cart now!

Sunny days are ahead and with them lots of fun outings! Are you planning a friend’s birthday party or preparing for a wedding in the Bay Area? Book our GIO Cart to add a little something sweet to your event! More details available here.

GIO Club

Join our Italian gelato club to be the first to try new flavors and share your favorites with your loved ones! Simply choose between the three available plans and our selection of flavors. We’ll handle the rest.

Pumpkin Gelato: Autumn Goodness

Everyone’s favorite autumn squash is here to play! Did you know pumpkins are full of nutrients perfect for that immune system boost as the weather cools down? This unique flavor brings all the goodness of autumn into a sweet and delicious scoop of gelato. Come grab a scoop or just try a sample by the 15th of November!

What are the health benefits of Pumpkin gelato?

Being packed with lots of vitamins and minerals, pumpkin gelato is an incredibly nutritious dessert choice. With high fiber and low sugar, it has many health benefits including: boosted eye, skin, heart and metabolic health as well as higher immunity due to having 209% of the daily value of Vitamin A (in 1 cup).

Pumpkins are also a source of:

  • Vitamin K
  • Copper
  • Vitamin E
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Riboflavin
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin C
  • Potassium

You don’t need to feel sorry after eating this delicious seasonal flavor!

Where to try Pumpkin 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!

Dark Chocolate & Macadamia Nut Cookie Recipe

We’ve been searching for the best recipes to pair with gelato to give you fun and delicious experiences at home. This week, we paired up with The Chubby Italian to bring you this new recipe! Dark Chocolate & Macadamia Nut Cookies paired with a scoop of gelato will leave you wanting more.

The Best Cookie Recipe to pair with Orange Vanilla Cream Gelato

You’re just a couple steps away from heaven!

Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks salted butter
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts (coarsely chopped)

Directions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350° and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2

Make the brown butter: In a medium skillet, melt ½ cup of the butter over medium heat. Cook, stirring often, until browned. Remove the skillet from the heat and let the browned butter cool slightly. Transfer to a heatproof bowl and stick in the freezer to cool off completely (15 minutes).

Step 3

Make the dough: In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the browned butter, the remaining ½ cup of butter, the brown sugar, and the granulated sugar until combined. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until creamy. Add the flour, baking soda, salt and beat until combined. Fold in the dark chocolate chips and nuts.

Step 4

Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden brown on the edges

Step 5

Top with GIO’s Orange Vanilla Cream gelato!

Gelato Sandwiches

For extra fun, assemble your cookies and gelato into a sandwich!

For more recipes from The Chubby Italian follow them on Instagram at @thechubbyital!

GIO Club

Join our Italian gelato club to be the first to try new flavors and receive exclusive gelato based recipes you can try at home! Choose between the three available plans, pick your favorite flavors and leave the rest to us.

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 Game Day

It’s time to prepare for the big game! 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 game day 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!

Game Day 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 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!