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.

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| Photos by Hailey Bollinger