Category Archives: Gelato Life

Upcoming Summer Events You Won’t Want to Miss

We want to make the most of this perfect gelato weather as it continues in our beautiful Bay Area. That means a cone-full of summer events to enjoy with your loved ones. Here’s where you’ll find us with our GIO Cart next!

Where to find us

Presidio Tunnel Tops

Find us every Thursday to Sunday from 11am to 4pm at the Presidio Tunnel Tops. Stop by for a gelato and a great view of the golden gate!

Learn more about this newly opened community space here.

Summertime Fun! Block Party

Aug 21, 2022 from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM at City Center Bishop Ranch in San Ramon

featuring live music, street performers, gelato and flower carts!

Festa Coloniale Italiana

Aug 27, 2022 from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM at 1630 Stockton Street, San Francisco

Join us for this free, fun, family festival and enjoy: Live Italian music from solo artists and bands, Italian cuisine and wine tasting, Italian products sold by local vendors and more!

4th Annual Chuseok (Korean Harvest) Festival

Sep 10, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM at the Main Parade Lawn of Presidio

The Korean Center, Inc.’s Annual Chuseok (Korean Harvest) Festival is the Bay Area’s largest public event celebrating, showcasing, and promoting Korean culture, cuisine, music, arts, and community.

Free to the public this year’s Chuseok Festival promises to be an exciting event filled with delicious food, fun activities, raffles, and live performances!

Spending the day in the city?

Stop by one of our locations! Don’t forget to browse our newly restocked imported products!

Plum Gelato: It’s peak season for this summer fruit!

It’s plum season! That means taking advantage of peak seasonality to make gelato with the best ingredients nature provides. At GIO we always make sure an ingredient is at its best, handpicking our fruit fresh from the market.

Plums first grew in China before making their way across the world. Now, there are over 2,000 kinds. These stone fruits are related to peaches, nectarines, and apricots although they come in many more different shapes and sizes than their cousins.

This summer fruit has so much to offer and can be used in many diverse ways. Not to mention the health benefits this little guy brings to the table.

Is Plum Gelato Good for You?

Plums have a great nutritional profile. High in antioxidants and Vitamin C, they contain a ton of essential vitamins and minerals. They can also help heart disease, anxiety and constipation relief (as we know from prunes).

Plums contain:

  • Vitamin C
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin K
  • Folate
Plum Gelato Health Benefits

Studies also show plums can help reduce blood sugar as they’re chock-full of carbs and may help with bone loss and even reverse it!

Where You Can Try It

Come by one of our GIO locations to try a cup of plum gelato today!

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.

Kiwi Gelato: a Sweet and Tangy flavor

Did you know kiwis are originally from China? First introduced to California in the 1960s, they have quickly adapted and been used in a variety of dishes and desserts. They are enjoyed raw, juiced, baked, or used as a garnish.

It seems strange, doesn’t it? It hasn’t actually been that long since kiwis were introduced to the states. We love making this delicious flavor and thinking just how far this little fruit has come.

What are the health benefits of Kiwi Gelato?

Kiwis have an interesting history and are a very unique fruit to work with. Raw kiwis contain actinidain an enzyme that digests milk proteins and thus is useful as a meat tenderizer and a digestive aid. In China, the kiwi was used medicinally. It was known to help new mothers recover after birth and also to help children grow.

Studies also suggest kiwis may help treat asthma, boosts the immune system, help prevent sickness, manage blood pressure, reduce blood clotting, and protect against vision loss. Let’s look at what an average kiwi contains.

Kiwis are rich in:

It certainly seems kiwis are good for you. At least we can prove they’re delicious!

Where to try Kiwi Gelato

Stop by one of our stores!

We believe the seasonality of an ingredient plays a huge part in the taste and deliciousness of a fruit. That’s why we introduce new flavors each month to take advantage of this. We take pride in bringing the best of the best to the table!

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!

Williams Pear with Chocolate Gelato: The Ultimate Combo

It’s peak pear season and you know what that means! Get your fill of pear gelato sprinkled with chocolate shavings this November. This melt-in-your-mouth flavor is fresh and light with the occasional chocolate crunch that pairs perfectly with pear.

Did someone say Pear Health Benefits?

Pears are full of nutritional goodness. They are known to offer certain nutrients that help to improve gut health, fight inflammation and boost heart health. 

Pears are also a good source of:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin K
  • Copper
  • Potassium
  • Vitamin A
  • Niacin
  • Folate

This Autumn, enjoy this pear flavor with hints of chocolate. We’re sure it will lift your spirits! It’ dairy-free, nut-free and egg-free!

Where to find us

Shop at GIO Gelati in either of our locations or check us out on most delivery apps!

You can also order gelato pints on our online store:

Vanilla Orange with Almonds: A Seasonal Experience

This November, be blown away with the taste of autumn! This delicate combination brings the best of both worlds with a base of orangey zest, a hint of nuts and a dash of vanilla to wrap it all together.

Some of our fondest memories are associated with the autumn and winter months, from the adventures and romance to the tastes and colors that only come as the weather cools down. Maybe it’s the changing of the leaves on the trees or the sweet sensation of the warmth of a fire on our hands and faces, this time of year always brings great cheer and a need for delicious goods.

Our November flavor of vanilla orange with almonds is a reminder of good things to come, a cozy flavor that embodies the taste of home. Stop by to give it a taste and tell us what you think!

Where to get a Scoop

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.

Watermelon Gelato: Refresh & Rehydrate

Is it even summer without Watermelon Gelato? Break out your picnic baskets and red & white checked blankets because this flavor will make you want to grab your closest friends and chill in the park.

Watermelons are in season from July through August. At GIO we believe that eating fruit at their peak seasonality is one of the most important things. That’s why our fruit flavors are constantly on being changed. We want to give you the best and working hand in hand with mother nature makes that possible.

Watermelon Gelato health benefits you ask?

Watermelons are high in essential nutrients including antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. A perfect sweet source of hydration that refreshes you. Watermelons are 90% water and are a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth with natural sugars.

Watermelons also contain:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamins B1, B5 and B6

Brighten up your day and complexion with this summery flavor.

Our watermelon gelato recipe is made of three ingredients: watermelon, organic cane sugar, and water. It is vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and egg-free.

Come try it

Stop one of our GIO locations or order on a delivery app! You’ll want to try this sweet and creamy flavor!

Napa Fig Gelato: An Ode to Mediterranean Summers

Fig gelato! We source our figs directly from Napa County, where figs trees are aplenty and ripe for the picking. Enjoy this seasonal flavor at its peak!

Held in high regard since ancient times, figs bring a lot to the table. Long associated with health and prosperity, you can follow their mention back to the earliest written texts. Native to the Mediterranean and the Middle East, this delicate fruit churned into gelato form is an ode to sun-kissed summers.

What are the Health Benefits of Napa Fig Gelato?

Figs offer soft, chewy bites paired with the perfect amount of crunch from the seeds within them. They provide a wonderful source of natural sugars, minerals and soluble fiber. Moreover, they are known to help reduce high blood pressure, improve digestion, and increase bone density. 

Figs are a good source of:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin K
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin B6
  • Copper
  • Potassium

Stop by for a scoop and enjoy the taste of figs enveloped in the summer sun. But, be warned this flavor might transport you to the Mediterranean!

This flavor is vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and egg-free. However, most importantly we promise it’s delicious!

Stop by our store or order online

Shop at a GIO Gelati location or check us out on most delivery apps!

You can also order a pint of Napa Fig gelato on our online store: