Decades before the book “Eat, Pray, Love” was popular, my heart led me to explore the sights, sounds and flavours of Italy. I was 19 years old and had only just arrived in Rome, when a hot blooded Roman, astride a smokey grey Ducati, cruised up beside me and asked me to the movies. Who could refuse? The rest is history.
It only took Alessandro three days to propose over a pizza near the Spanish Steps. I was speechless. Logic was rolling the absurdities of the situation around in my head, but my heart begged to differ. Three coins in a fountain later I was living in Rome, my head in the clouds, not speaking a word of Italian but knowing that this is where I should be.
Somehow, the language barrier was never an obstacle for us. Whenever we couldn’t understand each other, we just stop talking, enjoyed being in love, and ate gelato. We ate A LOT of gelato back in those days. And, this is how I became a gelato expert!
Now, 25 years later, Alessandro and I are back in Ottawa and, alongside our three children Zachary, Erica and Matthew, we’re starting the Gelateria we’ve always dreamt about. Our mission at Stella Luna Gelato Café is to make you fall helplessly, head over heels in love with gelato…and share a few laughs while we’re at it.
Ours is love story infused with passion – for both our family, our roots and our gelato business.
Tammy and Alessandro Giuliani