Josephine Letizia knows a thing or two about gelato.
The Sicilian native has brought a scoop of culture to the Elmwood Village since opening Gelateria Luca’s doors in early September. Committed to providing an authentic Italian experience, Josephine and her brood offer a variety of gelato and sorbetto flavors, ranging from the expected (chocolate and lemon) to the exotic (blood orange). Their craftsmanship extends beyond frozen treats and also encompasses a mouth-watering selection of baked goods, including cannoli, biscotti, cheesecakes, and amaretti.
Josephine and her family have always been gelato aficionados, so when the commercial space on the corner of Elmwood and Potomac became available, she says, they seized the opportunity. Letizia cites the friendly, diverse, and family-oriented atmosphere as the driving force behind setting up shop in the Elmwood Village.
What does Letizia hope to bring to this vibrant neighborhood? “I think we’re just trying to say, in a subtle way: this is the way it’s supposed to be done, and this is the way it’s supposed to taste”. It seems her commitment to quality and authenticity has paid off; Letizia says business has been steady and feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. “The nicest compliment someone can say,” she adds, grinning from ear to ear, “is when people come in and say, ‘you know, it reminds me of Firenze!’”
Gelateria Luca is located at 988 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo New York and the can be reached by phone at 716-882-5353.
Contributed by Margot V. Knab