Gelato Festival from Italy will return to the United States in 2019. The Gelato Festival is considered the most authoritative event in the world dedicated to gelato - all’italiana. After the great success of the 2018 tour, the Gelato Festival America team and the 2017-2018 qualifying chefs are looking ahead to the 2019 North American Finals on March 16th and 17th in Miami, Saturday and Sunday from 3pm to 11pm.

Organized in collaboration with Carpigiani and Sigep – Italian Exhibition Group, the Gelato Festival spreads knowledge and enjoyment of real Italian artisanal gelato through a contest in which gelato artisans and chefs compete with original gelato flavors - but the Miami 2019 edition is different. In the Finals, only those chefs who have already won a festival are invited to compete for the golden cup by Florentine goldsmith Paolo Penko.


The two top scoring gelato chefs in Miami will be two of the three Americans eligible for the Gelato Festival World Masters in Italy in 2021. The other American challenger will be the most skilled artisan of the four 2019 American Gelato Festivals that will follow Miami, Boston, Chicago, Washington DC and Los Angeles, and the 2020 Gelato Festival America tour. . Air Italy is the Global Partner of Gelato Festival.



Giacomo d’Alessandro

Polosud Gelato Coffee Pastries - New York, New York

Winning Flavor: Dark Chocolate Surprise


Bella Gelateria

Vancouver, Canada

Winning Flavor: Salted B.C. Cherry Cheesecake


Maria Liliana Biondo

uGOgelato - Miami, Florida

Winning Flavor: Trinacrium


Mike Guerriero

Gelotti Essex - Caldwell, New Jersey

Winning Flavor: Blueberry Basil


Diego Comparin

Paciugo Gelato - Texas, Texas

Winning Flavor: Texas Pecan Sea Salt Caramel


Daniela Zomparelli

Lola’s Gelato - Toronto, Canada

Winning Flavor: Sassy Sea Turtle


Nazario Melchionda*

Frost, a Gelato Shoppe - Tucson, Arizona

Winning Flavor: Bagigi Peanut


Gianluigi Dellaccio

Dolci Gelati - Washington, D.C.

Winning Flavor: Honey, Mascarpone and Fig Gelato


Maurizio Melani

Veneta Gelato Italiano - Valencia, Spain

Winning Flavor: Sicily Orange Sunrise


Walter Bergamaschi

Gelato Dolce Vita - Phoenix, Arizona

Winning Flavor: Stupefy


Eugenia Sardelli

Gelateria Sardelli - Tuscany, Italy

Winning Flavor: Fior d’Arancia


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