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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!

January Flavor: Tangerine

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

Tangerine Health Benefits

In addition to being packed with vitamin C, tangerines are a good source of dietary fiber. They also have a moderate amount of vitamin A, with 100 grams of tangerine providing you with approximately 14% of your daily recommended vitamin A intake.

Tangerines are also a minor source of:

  • Thiamin.
  • Vitamin B6.
  • Copper.
  • Potassium.
  • Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5)

If you love a classic but creamy fruit flavor then you’ll love this 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 this flavor

Stop by for a cup or cone to keep your immune system healthy this winter season. 

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

January Flavor: Sachertorte

This month, 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 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 tastebuds soar.

What’s the story?

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.

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

Come try it!

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

January Flavor: Blood Orange

One of our new flavors this January is Blood Orange. 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 flavor to the tastebuds.

About this Flavor

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!

Blood Orange Health Benefits

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

Blood oranges are a great source of:

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

This 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.

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

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!

January Flavor: Cremino al Caffè

This month we are combining two of our favorites into one. Gianduia and Italian Espresso gelato bring out the best in the classics.

Hazelnuts and coffee have always been a fantastic combination, the union of these flavors and aromas are typical of the culture of Italian chocolates.

What is Gianduia?

Gianduia is a sweet hazelnut chocolate spread invented in Turin during Napoleon‘s regency (1799–1814). You could say this delicious concoction was made out of necessity.

In 1806, a chocolatier used hazelnuts to extend his chocolate supply when there was a strain on cocoa supplies. By mixing the little chocolate he had with hazelnuts from the Langhe hills south of Turin, he invented Gianduia.

Planning for battle? Napoleon’s your man. Planning for breakfast? Not so much.

I’m sure Napoleon didn’t complain though.

You have definitely heard of Nutella, Gianduia’s more commercial relative. They can both be used as a spread and/or to pair with fresh fruit.


Do we even need to mention this iconic flavor? Italians swear by two things: their morning espresso and of course gelato.

Espresso is the result of a long tradition of Italian origin. The secret to a creamy and condensed coffee is all about forcing a small amount of nearly boiling water through finely-ground coffee beans. This very strong “shot” of caffeine is so addicting that once you’ve tried it you can’t go back.

Now imagine all of this mixed into creamy perfection! A combination of coffee, hazelnuts and chocolate is something you don’t want to miss!

Come experience our new gelato flavors

By combining classic Italian recipes with California’s fresh produce we create a healthy and colorful palette of gelato options. 

Come to GIO Gelati for these wonderful new flavors:

  • Tangerine: a delicate and creamy Vitamin C option
  • Blood Orange: a rich and sweet fruity flavor full of antioxidants
  • Sachertorte: Delicious chocolate cake with hints of apricot
  • Cremino al Caffè: a creamy mix of Gianduia and Espresso

We look forward to serving you!

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!

Summer is the Best Gelato Season

“I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always summer” — Lucy Maud Montgomery

Along with the heat, for many of us, summertime is associated with vacations and joy.

Summer is the time of year in which we detach from our routines, take advantage of the good weather, and indulge in a delicious gelato from GIO Gelati.

Some of our best memories are associated with summertime, from the adventures and romance to the tastes and colors that only come in the summer months.

GIO Gelati brings these tastes and colors into our lives through the fresh and delicious fruits of this joyful season. Summertime brings us together, and we at GIO Gelati invite you to share in all of the delights this season has to offer, in our stores, or at home via our membership. Yes, because the GIO Gelati membership can take these delicious summer flavors right to your doorstep!

Think of flavors like cantaloupe gelato, which inspires pure energy, full of taste and aroma. In Italy, cantaloupe is the quintessential summer gelato flavor. It’s an inherently joyful fruit, with a color that emits rays like the sun. It lends its natural coloring and flavoring to every creamy scoop. Cantaloupe gelato will be coming to GIO Gelati in the next weeks or days. We are waiting for the exact moment when the perfectly ripe fruits become available on the market.

Color, flavor, and aroma. These are what make up our principle philosophy, which we want to share with all of you. 

Another summer must-have is watermelon gelato, which is both refreshing and nutritional. It’s low in calories and rich in nutrients. It can be savored at any time of the day, not only as a dessert. 

Watermelon flavor will be coming to our GIO Gelati shops in mid-August. This summer flavor is characterized by unparalleled purity and freshness in taste. All there is to our watermelon gelato is the natural amount of sugar and water already in the fruit, combined with just a smidge of cornstarch we add to make the texture delightfully creamy. Incredible, isn’t’ it? Yes, simple and pure.

We, at GIO Gelati, can’t wait to share this summer with you!

Gelato in the Time of COVID-19

As a small business in the San Francisco Bay Area, we at Gio Gelati are feeling the effects of COVID-19 in our community. We are making the necessary changes to adapt to this new socially distant lifestyle. We wanted to take a moment to tell you about these changes and how they will impact you and your GIO gelati intake!

At GIO Gelati, we are serious about implementing the appropriate safety measures to keep both our customers and employees safe during this time. We are serious about your gelato needs as well, which is why we have adapted our business model with a variety of contactless delivery options to fit our new lifestyle.

Clean and sanitized gelato-making for your peace of mind

Although the FDA has reassured us that the virus is not transmittable through food, we believe that sanitization is key to protecting the health and safety of our community, including our patrons and employees. Our shops and labs are sanitized every morning and regularly cleaned and disinfected during the day. Our chefs regularly clean and disinfect all material used and wear masks and gloves during production. We are also asking any employee who has traveled out of the state or who is exhibiting any symptoms to self-isolate.

Contactless delivery to your doorstep

Stuck at home because of a worldwide pandemic? Craving something creamy and delicious? Tired of the same store-brand ice cream that for some reason you keep adding to your Instacart orders? Never fear! We are continuing to offer gelato delivery in San Francisco and San Ramon through Uber Eats, GrubHub, DoorDash, and Postmates.

Routine gelato delivery with our membership program

We have also assembled our new GIO Membership program to meet your shelter-in-place gelato cravings! Our membership program offers regularly scheduled, contactless gelato home delivery to zip codes in Marin County and the East Bay! That’s right, no need to even get off the couch! Well.. you might need to walk to the front door (or get your shelter in place buddy to do it for you!) To learn more about our membership program and where we deliver, check us out at GIO Membership page.

What we have to be thankful for

You! We appreciate you all taking the time to keep up with how GIO Gelati is reacting to coronavirus. Now more than ever, we recognize gelato as an essential food group, and we plan to keep sharing it with our community, near and far. Gratitude is a crucial aspect of life during shelter-in-place, and we can’t thank you enough for all of your support. We hope to continue bringing smiles to your faces and pints to your doorsteps. Stay safe in there!

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!