The Concept

In the spring of 1987 on the urging of a friend, Steve (Piccolo) Hambling decided to go to Italy and study the art and chemistry of making gelato. He returned with about 30 recipes online betting tanzania and no money. What he did have however was a half finished 800 square foot location on Murray St. A month later on July 18 the company opened it's doors. And so was born... Piccolo Grande®! Little fat, Big taste. More flavours than you can ever remember!

PiccoloForse, la migliore gelateria nel mondo! Maybe the best ice cream shop in the world!

What We Do And How We Do It

Based on an age old Italian tradition, Piccolo Grande® has taken the charm of the Italian Gelateria, adapted it to the North American market and palate, creating a concept that has proved to be a gastronomic sensation.


Piccolo Grande® manufactures and retails Italian ice cream, known in Italian as Gelato. But as with any product there can be many grades of quality. Part of Piccolo Grande®'s success is due to it's commitment to top grade quality. Piccolo Grande® has always used the finest ingredients available (including tanzania betting imported flavourings direct from Italy) to manufacture high-grade, low over-run (the amount of air that is found in the finished product) gelato. Piccolo Grande has a maximum of 28% over-run. From five litres of semi-finished (liquid) product we get seven litres of finished product (gelato).

The History

Piccolo Grande® was incorporated under the Ontario corporations act in 1987. Starting with one 800 square foot store at 55 Murray St., Ottawa, and sales of $119,000, Piccolo Grande has proven itself to be a sound business concept with two corporate stores, four licensees, and more than 30 foodservice accounts.

We opened our second location, a 600 square foot store, 411 MacKay St. in New Edinburgh, Ottawa, in August of 1990.

In the spring of 1991 we expanded into an adjacent space at 55 Murray St. and created a 1600 square foot store, which remains the flagship.

Piccolo Grande® was sold in April of 2009 and that the new owners are bet tz Anton Ejov and his mother Marina Ejov.

We have also granted licenses to Nicastro's il Negozio, in the Glebe, Nicastro's Caffee Ventuno, in Westboro, Caffe Zucchero on Queen, Caffe Latte Cino, in Orleans.

We presently hold trademarks for the name and logo in Canada and the United States.