Ciao! We are Dolce & Gelato Catering! We pride ourselves in providing services that are unlike any other. I am Gino, the founder and owner. I grew up in Italy in a small town called Frosinone (between Rome & Naples) and thought that I could bring a little piece of Italia back to the states with me. This is where the idea for Dolce & Gelato started almost 10 years ago and it has been growing ever since!
The Wedding Industry
Surprisingly, I did not start immediately in the wedding industry. I started my own gelateria in New York City when an event planner came in and asked if I did catering. I told him I could send them a couple containers to go and they said it wasn't good enough! They wanted over 40 flavors displayed for all their guests and they needed it soon. So, I got to work creating my own gelato displays that were staying cold only by dry ice! After this event, I knew this was what I wanted to do. This prompted me to close the gelateria in the city and open Dolce & Gelato Catering... where I would get to do what I loved full time!
The best thing about the wedding industry, and I know it is cliche, is being a part of someone's big day. When a bride comes up to our unit and smiles that is the only thing we could ask for. It is our job to make people happy on the most important days of their life and we take it very seriously. That is why we are always thinking and creating new units and experiences to give everyone that new, unique thing they deserve during their most important events!
The Wedding Memories
My favorite wedding memory would have to be the wedding we did for Rosella Rago, or more notably, Cooking with Nonna. We were getting in our first ever gelato and espresso truck from Italy and hers was the first event we ever used it at. The trucks were something special to me, as it was something that no one was doing at the time. Rosella and I also became fast friends and still talk and have dinner to this day. Her event reminds me of all the brides I am still friends with and all the growth we have had... even in the past couple years!
Besides gelato & Espresso, we specialize in bringing a unique experience to your event that you can't find anywhere else. We love to go above and beyond to make your event completely unique. That is why we do what we do. From bringing a cheese wheel for pasta and lighting it on fire, to going all out with a new photo booth & spritz truck... we never stop trying to find the most unique and fun units we can for our brides!
I started this company almost 10 years ago with a couple small units that I built myself. Now, we are growing and growing and we don't see any signs of stopping! My team has grown, my units have grown, and my company has grown and I could not be more proud. As I previously stated, I started this company on my own and I would often be the only server going to events. Today I have an office staff and a serving staff made up of baristas, servers, drivers, etc. of over 25 people. I also didn't just stop at 1 unit! We have over 14 different units and 6 different trucks... with more on the way as I am writing this to you! So we are beyond blessed and very excited for bigger and better things coming for Dolce & Gelato Catering.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are your units / packages?
You can find a detailed list of all of our units and packages by filling out the questionnaire on our website. A brochure with all the information will be automatically sent to your email!
What can you do?
We do gelato stations, espresso stations, fresh made mozzarella on the spot, an antique prosciutto slicer, bars, spritz stations, photo booths and so much more! Think anything Italian and we can bring it to you!
Can you just choose gelato or espresso? Does it have to be both?
We pride ourselves on the ability to customize packages to fit your requests! So, long story short, yes! Whatever you want we can most likely do for you.
Where do you service?
As of right now, we mainly service the Tristate area. However, we have gone to California to do the Oscars, West Virginia, etc. So there is a possibility of travel!
Do you price your events per person?
No. Our prices reflect the entire event. We do not change our prices based on the event type or the amount of people present. There are units that can feed more people and units that can feed less but we do not charge per person!
There are many hobbies that I love. The biggest two that come to mind are spending time with my wife and two kids, I have a little girl that is 2 and a boy that is 4, and I love to sail. Also, I have never been known to turn down a trip to Italy... If you couldn't already guess. I like to keep the traditions alive and my family and I make our own wine, sauce, and sausages. I also speak to my kids in only Italian to try to preserve the language. It's the small things but those are the most important!