Freret Street has gained a reputation as a restaurant row, but the husband-and-wife owners of the forthcoming Piccola Gelateria (4525 Freret St.; www.facebook.com/piccolagelateria) hope to make it a dessert destination with international appeal as well.
A native of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ria Turnbull is a hotel marketing executive, and Canadian transplant Ross Turnbull has been a chef for 35 years, having worked across Europe and Hawaii, specializing in French and Italian cuisine but with additional training under Japanese chefs. They are opening a gelato shop in the new development at 4525 Freret St. and living in an apartment upstairs. It's the culmination of a shared dream, they said, and Ross returned to Italy this year for culinary training specifically on gelato.
Their gelato will have no preservatives or artificial colors or ingredients. Their planned mix of classic Italian flavors and modern experiments includes pistachio, hazelnut, tiramisu, Nutella, strawberry, seasonal berries, bananas Foster, chocolate, strawberry-basil and lemon-mint. There also will be savory selections such as Parmesan, avocado and Gorgonzola. The shop also will offer cannoli, gelato cakes, crepes, La Marzocco espresso from Florence and more. Ross dreams up anything and everything," Ria Turnbull says.