Ge­lato store a hit

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By TALIA CARLISLE

Happy chil­dren of all ages filled Tawa’s new ge­lato store dur­ing its pre-open­ing taste-test­ing last Fri­day.

More than 200 vis­i­tors tried out Ze­lati’s ge­lato and sor­bet last Fri­day af­ter­noon, be­fore the of­fi­cial open­ing on Mon­day.

Store own­ers Al­berto and Rose Tua­son re­quired ex­tra help from their daugh­ters Hil­lary, 18, An­gela, 16, and Faith, 8, to keep up with vis­i­tors, Mr Tua­son said.

The day was a high­light for the cou­ple, who moved to New Zealand from the Philip­pines 20 years ago.

Mr Tua­son also has Chi­nese and Span­ish roots.

He worked in IT and ran sev­eral busi­nesses be­fore elect­ing the ‘‘hap­pier’’ life­style of ge­lato-mak­ing four years ago.

‘‘ I just wanted va­ri­ety. I thought it’s a hap­pier thing to do,’’ he said.

Mr Tua­son de­vel­oped his love of food while work­ing at his fa­ther’s Filipino restau­rant in his late teens.

He trav­elled to Italy to train as a qual­i­fied ge­lato chef, called a mae­stro gelatiere and sor­betiere.

Four years later, the fam­ily’s Ze­lati ge­lato and sor­bet range is avail­able at New World Thorn­don and Wake­field St, Moore Wil­son’s in Tory St and Keneperu, and at their Ze­lati Freez­e­ria and shop on Tawa’s Main Rd.

They also sold 300 ice-cream tubs at the Welling­ton Food Show in May.

Mr Tua­son said ge­lato was a health­ier al­ter­na­tive to ice­cream be­cause it had less fat and the ge­lato was 65 to 70 per cent or­ganic.

‘‘Our Ze­lati ge­lato and sor­bet range is all made from scratch lo­cally at the Freez­e­ria in Tawa, us­ing real, pre­mium- se­lected in­gre­di­ents.

‘‘Our prod­ucts are all not only de­li­cious, but nu­tri­tious. They are all gluten-free, egg-free and free from ar­ti­fi­cial ad­di­tives,’’ he said. ‘‘Our sor­bet is dairy-free and our ge­lato is made from or­ganic milk.’’

The store of­fers eight flavours, and will con­tinue to ex­per­i­ment with flavours, such as fei­joa, passionfruit, hon­ey­comb and limone, which may be in­tro­duced in spring.

It also plans to sell Span­ish style hot choco­late at the shop, a favourite in the Philip­pines.

Cheered up: El­lie Row­ley tests the sor­bet with grandma Lyn Wright af­ter a trip to the doc­tor.

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