Get to Know the People on Preston

Joe Calabro

“Pasticceria Gelateria Italiana opened in May 1979; a small family run business. No one could have known how successful we would become. With the support of family, an amazing staff and the community, Pasticceria maintains its family atmosphere acting as a home away from home for people. We were the first shop in the city to serve gelato. We make French and Italian pastries such as our famous cannoli siciliani, European-style cakes, and assorted biscotti. It’s the city’s sweet retreat where people can also enjoy breakfast and lunch.”

“I’ve built my skills in pastry, sugar, and chocolate work through years of experience and hard work. I’ve participated in many competitions, including the World Culinary Olympics in Frankfurt in 1992, the World Banqueting competition in Ireland 1995, the Culinary Olympics in Berlin 1996 and most recently, Season 1 of Cake Walk on Slice TV. In March 2011 I was part of a team of Ottawa Chefs invited to cook and promote Ontario Food and Wine at the James Beard Foundation in New York.”

“I’m a founding member of the Ottawa Chapter of Les Toques Blanches and also a member of the Ottawa Chapter of the CCFCC. I’ve had the privilege of contributing to various charity events, serving the Ottawa community and surrounding area for over 35 years. Little Italy is experiencing much growth and renewed possibilities; I’m excited to see the wonderful things to come.”

Be sure to head down to Preston St. and drop in to Pasticceria Gelateria Italiana.


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