FAQS

Gelato - Sorbetto - Ice Cream

Does Gelazzi make the best gelato outside of Italy?

Customers often tell us we make the best gelato outside of Italy while others say we make the best Italian ice cream they’ve ever tasted. We invite you to come and sample our flavors and decide for yourself if Gelazzi makes the best gelato outside of Italy.

What is the difference between ice cream and gelato?

Gelato has less air, less fat, and it’s served at a different temperature. Gelato is churned at a much slower speed than traditional American-style ice creams so it’s denser and has a more intense flavor. While those are the basic differences, there’s no definitive answer because gelato - Italian ice cream, is made from the very same ingredients as American-style ice cream except in different proportions.

What is the shelf life of gelato?

We prefer to have our gelato eaten the same day it’s made. After gelato is made fresh, its flash frozen in a blast freezer to preserve the shelf life and maintain freshness up to 3months. While you can probably get gelato to last 6months to a year or more, it's best eaten fresh the same day it’s made.

Is Gelato Low Fat?

Gelato tends to be lower in fat than most premium ice creams because it's made with milk instead of heavy cream.

What is Sorbetto?

Sorbetto is a water based frozen dessert that’s sweetened with fruits, fruit purees, juices, liqueurs, wines, and sugar.

Is Gelazzi Sorbetto Vegan?

Our sorbet recipes do not include dairy products or eggs. They're made with real fruits, fruit purees and juices, sugar as a sweetener, and water. Sorbettos are a great choice for vegans, vegetarians, and a great alternative for those that cannot eat diary.

Does Gelazzi offer GLUTEN-FREE gelato options?

Yes. Most all of our gelato is gluten free. However we do make some flavors that contain gluten in their mixed in ingredients, such as gelato torta di compleano (birthday cake), zeppole (Italian doughnut), and cookies & cookies. Non-traditional gelato flavors made with inclusions of certain candies, cookies, cakes, and pies will have gluten. PLEASE NOTE: Gelazzi is NOT a gluten free facility.

I can’t eat SOY so what are my options?

Most every flavor at Gelazzi is SOY FREE. There are some flavors that contain soy in the ingredients we don’t make here such as some cookies and candies that we sometimes mix into a flavor. Unless otherwise stated on our labels, we don’t use SOY. Occasionally, we’ll offer a gelato flavor that’s made specifically with soy milk for those who request it but it will be labeled. PLEASE NOTE: Gelazzi is NOT a soy free facility.

Does Gelazzi gelato contain any eggs?

No. We don’t use eggs in our gelato. Occasionally there are flavors like Eggnog or French toast but those are the rare exceptions.

Do you use high-fructose corn syrup?

NO. We never use High Fructose Corn Syrup in our recipes. Mix ins like candies, sprinkles, or cookies made by third parties may contain High Fructose Corn Syrup but we don’t use it in our recipes.

Can I get a custom flavor made?

Yes. We’ve made hundreds of flavors over the years so we can probably make up whatever flavor you can imagine. If there’s something in particular you’d like to have made, send us an email or come on in and let’s talk.

Does Gelazzi donate to charity?

Absolutely. We support local charities and do our best to support community good works. Please Contact Us with your proposal.

Does Gelazzi cater private events?

Yes. Gelazzi offers catering services for private parties and events. Gelazzi has a very flexible catering model which allows you to create an extra-special event at a price you’ll find surprising! We’ve done weddings, birthdays, graduation parties, holiday parties, Bar Mitzvahs, Confirmations, charity events, athletic events, school parties, office parties, and served up to 5,000 people in one sitting, so we can handle most any size of event!

Is Gelazzi gelato organic?

We are not organic, but do our best to source organic ingredients whenever practical. We usually feature at least one flavor that is made entirely from organic ingredients.

Where do you get your fruits?

We source our fruit locally whenever possible. We also import specialty produce that’s not locally available using local and regional purveyors.

What is overrun?

Overrun in the world of frozen confections is the amount of air that’s pushed into the ice cream as its being made. Our gelato has much less air than traditional ice cream which can contain up to 100% overrun which equates to 50% air.

What is butterfat?

Butterfat is the natural fat contained in milk and dairy products. Ice cream can have upwards of 20% butterfat whereas gelato is about 3.5% butterfat, the same as whole milk or less if the recipe is made with skim.

Does Gelazzi sell wholesale?

Yes. We do sell wholesale to restaurants and food service. With hundreds of recipes for gelatos, sorbettos, and ice creams, we work with restaurant owners, chefs, event planners, and caterers, offering both standard recipes and custom flavors.

Does Gelazzi make SUGAR FREE flavors?

We make several flavors of gelato and sorbetto with NO SUGAR ADDED as well as several other LOW SUGAR flavors, and flavors made with Splenda®. Unfortunately there’s naturally occurring sugar in milk, fresh fruits and most everything that has to do with gelato, sorbetto, and ice cream. We are sensitive to diabetics and those watching their sugar intake so we make a conscious effort to offer low sugar and no sugar added options.

Can I try samples of gelato before I buy it?

YES, Absolutely. In fact, we encourage customers to try our gelato, sorbetto, and ice creams before ordering so they know exactly what you’re getting. If you don’t like something then you shouldn’t order it. With almost 40 flavors to choose from you’re bound to find something you like.

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