FORT MYERS, Fla. (Feb. 23, 2012) – Norman Love began making ice cream as a teenager in Fort Lauderdale. Now he has returned to his roots with the opening of Artisan Gelato by Norman Love.
Located in Fort Myers, next to Norman Love Confections, the new gelateria features homemade Italian gelato, made daily without preservatives and produced with the same creativity and integrity that has made Love’s chocolates so sought after.
The Euro-chic gelateria serves gelato, sorbet, shakes and sundaes, along with a full menu featuring crepes and traditional, authentic Belgian waffles. Gelato flavors, which change daily, include sweetened raspberry, hazelnut, chocolate, pistachio, vanilla, coconut, peanut butter and mango. The beverage menu includes Italian soda, espresso, cappuccino, latte and fresh lemonade.
Love trained in Italy with second- and third-generation gelato-makers to ensure that his product is authentic.
“Ice cream has always been my weakness,” said Love. “I am committed to making gelato that is as true to Italy as possible.”
The new operation has incorporated Love’s pastry and gelato production under one roof and features exhibition windows for patrons to observe NLC chefs preparing the final embellishments on pastry items as well as the production of gelato. Café tables and banquettes provide comfortable seating for dining and conversation. The retail store will utilize six to eight new employees.
With more than 37,000 gelato shops in Italy, the U.S., with approximately 1,200 shops, has finally discovered the tasty, frozen dessert. The fact that it is healthy and nutritious is a bonus. Gelato, Italian for frozen, is different from most ice cream because it has a lower butterfat content making it less fattening and healthier.
Artisan Gelato by Norman Love is located at 11300 Lindbergh Boulevard, Suite 112, off Daniels Parkway, east of I-75, and is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 239-288-4333239-288-4333.
Norman Love Confections has been lauded nine times by a leading consumer ratings magazine including recognition six times for producing the best ultra-premium chocolates.
Norman Love Confections creates and distributes handcrafted artisanal chocolates from the Fort Myers corporate headquarters that encompasses both production and retail operations. The Fort Myers and Naples Chocolate Salons are stylish retail shops with an intimate ambience in which customers may purchase chocolates or linger over house-made pastries, gourmet coffees, lattes and smoothies.
The Fort Myers Chocolate Salon is located at 11380 Lindbergh Boulevard and is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Naples Chocolate Salon, which also serves artisan gelato, is located at 3747 Tamiami Trail North in Parkshore Centre and is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
For more information, call 239-561-7215239-561-7215 or visit www.normanloveconfections.com.
Sharon Arnold, Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold Marketing and Public Relations, 239-275-5758239-275-5758, sarnold (at) gravinasmith.com