Passionate Italian foodie

About the master gelatier.

 

Owner and master gelatier, Niccoló Lekai, has been obsessed with fine gelato ever since he was a toddler visiting his grandparents (Nonno and Nonna), Aunt (Zia), and Uncle (Zio) in Italy who would entice him with different flavors of the best gelato and sorbetto Florence (Firenze) had to offer. It was something he looked forward to year after year as well as the beautiful cuisine the family prepared using produce, olive oil and meat procured from local Tuscan farmers.

 A graduate of University of San Diego in marketing and business administration, Niccoló’s love for gelato drove him to learn all aspects of the business, from production to retail sales, catering, and wholesale distribution. With business acumen and artisan-ship, he and his Italian father, Andrea (and with the help of his American grandmother), created Leo Leo Gelato, a company committed to continuing the 500-year-old Italian tradition of handcrafting fine gelato.

Niccoló in Sardinia, Italy, ready to devour gelato

Niccoló in Sardinia, Italy, ready to devour gelato

Niccoló on his first train ride from Florence to Siena

Niccoló on his first train ride from Florence to Siena

Niccoló with Nonna Carla and brother Paolo in Porta Romana, Florence

Niccoló with Nonna Carla and brother Paolo in Porta Romana, Florence

Mom, Paolo, Niccoló at Badiani, their favorite Florence, Italy gelateria

Mom, Paolo, Niccoló at Badiani, their favorite Florence, Italy gelateria