The Stickhouse Gelato story starts in Torino, on the banks of the Po River, an hour from the French border. Torino (or Turin in English), was the first capital of Modern Italy, Today, it is known primarily as the host city of the 2006 Winter Olympics and home to automakers Fiat, Lancia and Alfa Romeo, the mysterious Shroud of Turin and the Slow Food Movement.
It is also where the Sottile family first started making and serving delicious, homemade Gelato out of a small storefront in 1972. As a small boy growing up around the fresh smells of ciccolato, nocciola, limone, pistacchio and vaniglia, Vincenzo Sottile never dreamed he would one-day head up a Gelato empire of more than 80 stores located in 16 countries, spanning 3 continents.
In 2006, wanting to expand production but unwilling to sacrifice freshness and quality, Vincenzo designed and developed La Ghiacciola (“The Icicle”), an innovative machine that uses microcrystalization to produce an intensely flavorful gelato using only natural ingredients. In the process, Vincenzo was able to reinvent his family’s gelato recipes in a new format; all-natural Gelato on a Stick.
In 2008, Stickhouse Gelato opened its first shop in Alassio, a seaside, summer resort town on the Italian Riviera, between Genoa and Nice. There they offered more than 20 different cream and fruit sorbetto flavors, all made fresh on premise daily. E ‘stato un successo! The Stickhouse Gelato story began to spread.
In 2015, we are very excited to have finally arrived in America and look forward to serving you at our flagship store in Santa Monica, California.
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