Inside La Grassa, Madeira's Authentic Italian Gelato Shop

The shop, located in a converted historic home, opened in December 2017 — just down the street from A Tavola’s Madeira location After traveling to Italy to scope out the gelato world, pick up some training and gelato equipment, the A Tavola folks approached Johh Berman, a longtime friend of the restaurant’s founding family, to see if gelato could make a good grocery store retail product. He did some research and told them it probably wouldn’t — but it could make a great venture on its own. Berman has been making gelato for them since 2014. La Grassa uses high-quality, local products to ensure the best possible flavor: Hartzler Family Dairy in Wooster, Ohio provides the milk, and the popular Snowville Creamery in Pomeroy, Ohio supplies the cream. Besides gelato and sorbet, coffee is the other menu staple, with espresso, lattes, affogato, drip coffee, Chai, iced tea, lemonade and a few other beverages. For the full story, click here.
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Exterior of La Grassa
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Exterior of La Grassa
Salted caramel gelato in a waffle cone
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Salted caramel gelato in a waffle cone
Counter where guests can order a range of items like gelato, coffee, lemonade, and more
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Counter where guests can order a range of items like gelato, coffee, lemonade, and more
The gianduja (chocolate and hazelnut) is smooth, creamy and perfectly well-balanced.
Hailey Bollinger
The gianduja (chocolate and hazelnut) is smooth, creamy and perfectly well-balanced.
Inside La Grassa, Madeira's Authentic Italian Gelato Shop
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La Grassa's menu also features craft coffee
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La Grassa's menu also features craft coffee
Stools and seating inside the gelateria
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Stools and seating inside the gelateria
The gelato base is just milk, cream and sugar
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The gelato base is just milk, cream and sugar
Inside La Grassa, Madeira's Authentic Italian Gelato Shop
Hailey Bollinger
Inside La Grassa, Madeira's Authentic Italian Gelato Shop
Hailey Bollinger