Escape from Pagliacci

You may have read about our General Manager trip to Hawaii and BBQ for our Ballinger crew as rewards for a companywide contest. The final chapter was a trip to the Bay for our Associate Managers.

It was a busy few days in San Francisco as we packed as much exploration of the city in as possible. We lucked out with great weather and made sure to hit all the tourist locations including a trip to Alcatraz and a bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge.

Director of Operations Jeff Woodruff and his wife Heather, Ballinger Way's Brian Youngdahl with his fiancee Jen Bledsoe, Marketing Director Shelley McNulty, Magnolia's Chris Bunger, Sand Point's Luis Bibiano-Lopez with wife Uvania and sons Luis and Angel, Magnolia's Mike Young, and Edmond's Kevin Croghan with his wife Naya.

10 Years of Gelato

Courtesy of Gelatiamo

When we bought Pagliacci over 10 years ago, our first order of business was to learn the business. Our second order of business was to fill the dessert void in our menu. Dorene had searched for years to find the perfect dessert to complement our pizzas. We both had a checklist and the ideal dessert had to hit all points. Gelatiamo’s artisanal gelato and sorbet fit the bill as we went through that list.

  • Best product available. Check.
  • Made locally. Check.
  • Traditional Italian dessert. Check.
  • Able to satisfy our discerning customers. Check.

People visiting Italy rave about gelato even more than the coffee, pasta and pizza. It was a natural fit.

Gelatiamo’s passion for gelato matched our passion for pizza. Not only do you taste it in the gelato, you feel it when founder Maria Coassin talks about her product. The very name Gelatiamo best expresses her passion – “I love gelato!”

Gelatiamo takes the time to develop a unique recipe for each of their gelatos and sorbets so that the end product is perfectly balanced, smooth and incredibly rich in flavor. While Maria specializes in traditional Italian flavors like pistachio, rice and cappuccino, her business partner Skyler Locatelli brings in a new flair, which has resulted in creations like Whopper Gelato (reappearing on our seasonal menu Thursday, September 9th).

To celebrate this 10-year partnership, take advantage of our current Frequent Pie-er offer and try a new flavor. Buon appetito!