About Mangiamo Gelato Caffe

For years, owner Bob Hoxsie, wanted to open a restaurant.  After 30+ years of working in construction, tired of driving to LA, it was time for a change.  Convincing his wife, Tanya, was a different story.  “Most restaurants fail!” was her response every time the subject came up.  Finally, Bob tried a different approach...

Bob started talking about his Italian heritage.  He talked about his family still living in northern Italy.  He reminded Tanya, often, about their vacations in Italy and how much they both loved the country, the culture, the gelato!  After months of research he showed Tanya a web site describing a Gelato franchise.  A few days later, another Gelato franchise, then another and another… 

Eventually, she started listening and then one day, they visited a small gelato franchise store and tasted their gelato.  It was amazing!  You see, most gelato in the states isn’t very good.  It’s made in a warehouse, frozen and shipped to the store.  The gelato they tasted that day was made fresh, right in the store and that was the selling point.  If you’re going to take the risk to change your career, invest your retirement, work 7 days a week – it better be for something good!

Since that day, Bob and Tanya have been researching, learning, developing, creating and living gelato.  Deciding not to join a franchise, they have worked to create nearly 75 of their own gelato recipes and the store, on the first block of Main Street in Huntington Beach, is designed out of their love for their product and Italy.  The picture that has become their logo was taken during one of their vacations in Italy in a small town called Camogli.  Bob took the picture; Tanya made it into their logo.

Well, Mangiamo Gelato Caffe isn’t a restaurant (and Bob still plans to open one someday) but it’s close enough for now.  Come by the store and say hi to Chef Roberto.  He’s the guy making the gelato every morning so, yes, the signs in the store, on the back of the t-shirt and on the window are accurate: “GELATO MADE FRESH DAILY IN HUNTINGTON BEACH!”

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