Dedicated Gelato Team

Ground Team

Meet Leo Leo Gelato’s high performing, dedicated gelato team! Our employees bring energy, creativity and pride to their work. Proudly, each and every one of our employees represent the spirit of our special company and bring unique qualities to the table that complement one another. 

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Niccolo lekai

CEO / Founder - Having skilled Florentine cooks (Italian father, grandmother and maid) gave Niccoló a front row seat from the get-go to be a part of an amazing Italian culinary family. Frequent visits to Badiani’s Gelateria in Florence, sealed the “gelato” deal. Being raised on a ranch, he learned work ethic and appreciation for being resourceful and self-sufficient.

He is also a fine brewmaster, enjoys camping with his wife and dogs, sailing with his parents, and snowboarding.

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chris giovanetti

Production Assistant

Not only is Chris a gifted gelato maker, he also is involved with his family’s winery, Kaleidos, located in iconic Tin City just south of Templeton. He also enjoys playing the drums and spending quality time with his family.

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andrea lekai

Founder /Consultant - Born and raised in Italy, Andrea knows a thing or two about gelato and has a knack for preparing exceptional cuisine.

While not consulting for Leo Leo Gelato, he runs his construction company, C3 Construction with his partner. Their projects include wineries, breweries, businesses, residential, business, city projects including building zoo exhibits.

In his free time he enjoys following Formula One, sailing in the Mediterranean and working on the family ranch in Paso Robles, California.

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RAy Tompkins

Sales / Production Manager
Ray is a powerhouse with his take-no-prisoners production skills. And there is no messing with him and his Jui Jitsu martial arts black belt. For R & R he enjoys horseback riding on the eastside of Paso with his wife and dogs (often from his ranchette to wineries), camping in Big Sur, and sipping on fine craft beers (such as Niccoló’s).

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Darlene has been in the accounting field for 38 years, beginning while she was still in High School in Eureka, California donating her time under a local CPA to the Boy's and Girl's Club. She enjoyed the experience so much that she new this was the career she wanted to pursue. 

She has worked over the years in both private and public firms up and down the state of California, including a CPA firm in Crescent City, a Software Distribution company in Orange County, an  Arborist/Tree Trimming firm and a CPA firm in Los Angeles.

She moved to Paso to be closer to family and loves the local small town feeling and the networking of our area.

On weekends she enjoys crafting and riding motorcycles with her husband.


Lauren Lekai

Marketing Director

A native Californian, Lauren had the opportunity to live in Italy after meeting her future husband, Andrea. She resided in Florence for four years and worked in the fashion industry.

After the European stint, Lauren returned to the states and started her marketing company for regional to Fortune 500 companies which continues today.