Veronika and Renato
Veronika and Renato, the founders of Il Gelato del Marchese*
When summer arrives in Paris, Il Gelato del Marchese returns to La Grande Épicerie de Paris.* Veronika and Renato—a couple with a passion for ice cream—are the owners of this unique ice cream shop. Together, their goal is to make exceptional ice cream and sorbets using fresh fruits and premium ingredients. Discover the secrets behind their delicious creations!
How was Il Gelato del Marchese born?
Veronika : Our project came to light in 2014, but Renato had been dreaming of opening an authentic Italian-style “gelateria*” in Paris for 34 years!
Renato : We wanted make ice cream luxurious again by offering the finest ice cream possible. That’s why we worked closely with the master ice cream-maker Simone De Feo, a rising star in Italian cuisine. We also select our raw materials with the utmost care.
In imagining the Il Gelato del Marchese look, we took inspiration from the classic French pastry shops. My wife Veronika carefully selected everything for our shop, from the antique tableware to the glass ice cream cases. Il Gelato del Marchese is a perfect symbiosis between Italian ice cream quality and French sophistication!
What are your main sources of inspiration?
Veronika : Anything can be a source of inspiration—a journey, a flavour. After a trip to Provence, for instance, we wanted to make our own lavender ice cream.
This summer at La Grande Épicerie de Paris, we’ll offer tomato ice cream made with tomatoes from our garden in Siena, in Tuscany. We’ll pick them in the summer months when they’re at their peak, filled with sunshine and packed with flavour.
Renato : During A Tavola, we’ll also offer pistachio ice cream made with pistachio nuts from Bronte, a regional treasure. The pistachios are toasted and ground before being made into ice cream. The result is a deliciously creamy and generous ice cream speckled with bits of real pistachio.
What are the secrets behind your ice cream and sorbets?
Veronika : Our ice cream is made by our team in our Parisian workshop. We work with vintage ice-cream makers, which guarantee a unique texture, without air or ice crystals. We want our ice cream to be as natural as possible, so we don’t use any colouring or preservatives.
Renato : We make our ice cream every morning using fresh fruit that we peel ourselves. You’ll find real fruit flavours in our ice cream and sorbets which may vary according to the variety or season.
We source our ingredients from small farmers producing limited quantities, such as our hazelnuts, which we get from a small producer in Piedmont.
What time of day do you usually eat ice cream in Italy?
Veronika : When I was a child, ice cream was most often a special treat for Sunday afternoons. We’d gladly eat it for dessert after our family lunch, on the beach or on an evening stroll. In Sicily, people also eat ice cream at breakfast, on a piece of brioche. Today, ice cream is much more accessible and can be eaten at any time of day.When I was a child, ice cream was most often a special treat for Sunday afternoons. We’d gladly eat it for dessert after our family lunch, on the beach or on an evening stroll. In Sicily, people also eat ice cream at breakfast, on a piece of brioche. Today, ice cream is much more accessible and can be eaten at any time of day.
Inspire us! What exclusive flavours can we find at La Grande Épicerie de Paris?
Renato : During A Tavola, we’re offering two exclusive flavours: “crème impériale” (imperial cream) and the famous Italian stracciatella*.
The original flavours of our savoury ice cream will also surprise you! Savoury ice cream is among our specialties, and they are absolutely brilliant with a summer aperitif or with starters like salad or carpaccio.
* Il Gelato del Marchese: the marquis’ ice cream
* Gelateria: ice-cream shop
* Stracciatella: ice cream made with milk, sugar, cream and dark chocolate chips
* A Tavola!: Dinner’s ready!
Find Il Gelato del Marchese throughout the summer in the La Grande Épicerie stores: La Grande Épicerie Rive Droite and La Grande Épicerie Rive Gauche.