Off The Menu: The Luxe Coletta Gelato Opens In SoMa
Gelato goodness has made it's way to SoMa.
What can be described as "gelato heaven" — 'Coletta Gelato' debuts with an interesting Italian technique and multiple creative flavors in SoMa. Flavors like Almost Chai, Pistachio with Maldon Sea Salt, Irish Coffee, Coco Banana Rum, Mint Chip Stracciatella, Amaretto with Roasted Almond, and Dark Chocolate Hazelnut were available at last week’s soft opening.
The founders, Henri and Antonio, met while studying for their Master’s of Management in Food and Beverage in Milan. With their shared Italian roots and passion for food, gelato specifically, they became fast friends. They soon decided to attend Gelato University (yes, that’s a real thing!), where they were trained by Italy’s top gelato maker. Inspired by their experience, they established Coletta Gelato — affectionately named after Henri’s grandmother, Nicoletta, who first introduced him to gelato as a boy.
Perfectionists at heart, they are dedicated to creating primo gelato – from texture to taste. They fell in love with San Francisco for its shared epicurean zest and proximity to fresh, organic ingredients. And now they are eager to bring fresh gelato to all.
Just moved into their space on Harrison, the founders hope to quickly expand vertically with possibly building out a co-working/meeting space or hosting gelato-making workshops on the second floor once they get momentum. Which we think would be freaking awesome — who doesn't want to learn how to make gelato?
Moving forward, the founders, along with their brick-and-mortar location, are hoping to ramp up cater events with their "Coolbox Cart" gelato stand and bike-powered "Coletta Cruiser."
// 685 Harrison St., SoMa, colettagelato.com; Servings come in small ($5), medium ($7), large ($9), and pints ($12). Waffle cones, made in-house, will also be available for an additional $1.