Frozen desserts are so refreshing on a summer’s day, but still popular all year long.

We are so well known for our gelato, we decided to add it to our shop name Pasticceria Gelateria Italiana (PGI) from the very first day we opened.

In fact, we were the VERY FIRST shop in Ottawa to serve gelato!

Enjoy a variety of gelato at PGI



Can’t decide? Browse through our list before you come in. We are sure you will be tempted by more than one flavour!

For a frozen dessert that is a little lighter, and dairy free try our sorbets.

Have a cone or cup. Thinking about taking a frozen dessert home? These are available in ½ litre and 1 litre containers.


frozen desserts
Frozen desserts at PGI

New Flavours

  • Kinder Gelato made with Kinder chocolate, the company owned by the Italian candy maker
  • Black Forest Brownie made with cherry-flavoured Kirsch liqueur, chunks of chocolate brownie and sour cherries.
  • Persian Gelato a vanilla-based gelato with rosewater, saffron, and pistachio nuts.

Fruit Flavours

  • Coconut
  • Mango
  • Strawberry
  • Blueberry
  • Banana

The Classics

  • Vanilla
  • Roasted Almond
  • Pistachio
  • Hazelnut
  • Belgium Chocolate

Even More Cioccolato (Chocolate!)

  • Chocolate Caramel
  • Chocolate Orange
  • Chocolate Bomb (Oreo, caramel, chocolate pieces)
  • Chocolate Brownie
  • Nutella
  • Mint Chocolate Chip
  • Chocolate Bacio
  • Malaga Rum and Raisin

Other Favourites

  • Oreo
  • Skor Toffee
  • Stracciatella
  • Tiramisu
  • Espresso

Gelato Shakes

Choose any flavour of gelato and we will mix it into a shake with milk for grab and go ease.


  • Lemon
  • Passion fruit
  • Raspberry
  • Blackberry

Must Try New Sorbet

Mojito sorbet with lime, rum, and mint.

Frozen Desserts
A wide variety of Italian frozen desserts at PGI

Italian History of Frozen Desserts

Frozen desserts emerged in Italy during the Renaissance. So, while the Florentine’s were enjoying the works of artists Botticelli, and Da Vinci, they were also eating scrumptious gelato and sorbet!

In the first half of the 16th century, it was the Medici court, lovers of fine art and fine foods, who held a competition to find a “singular dish never scene before”.

A local man named Ruggeri thrilled everyone with his creation he called sorbetto. It was so delicious Catherine de’ Medici invited Ruggeri to work in her kitchen. Later, she took him to France to be part of her court, when she married the future king of France.

Bernardo Buontalenti was a stage designer, architect, theatrical designer, military engineer, and an artist. Talk about being a Renaissance man! He is also credited with making the first gelato. In the second half of the 16th century, he experimented with sorbet. Adding lemon, sugar, honey, milk, and a bit of wine. Gelato was born!

Frozen Desserts
Bernardo Buontalenti

Taste the homemade goodness of our sorbets and gelatos at Pasticceria Gelateria Italiana (PGI) our Italian Pastry Shop.

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