Eccolopops Brings Authentic Italian Gelato, Pops to Downtown Miami (and Our Dogs Too)
July has just begun, and everyone in Miami can't seem to shut up about how hot it is. We get it -- it's miserable outside. That means you have to get creative. When the A/C isn't enough, what's a guy or gal to do?
Coconut gelato made fresh each morning.
It just so happens that a frozen-pop shop opened last Thursday, right in time to cool us down.
Filippo Tavazzani, age 31, is 100 percent authentic Italian, and so are the products sold in his new downtown Miami store, Eccolopops. An admirer of the American dream since his youth, Tavazzani finally realized his goal of starting a business in Miami with the opening of his shop.
He moved here permanently in February and set out to create an authentic gelato experience that stays true to Italian gelato methods. "It's hard to make gelato the way it is done in Italy because several products from Italy are inaccessible here in the U.S.," Tavazzani says.
The taste of the product is valued above all else, and everything is handmade in the back of the store. There are no added preservatives or flavoring, and Tavazzani himself makes the gelato base every day. Bonus: Vegans can enjoy anything on the dairy-free menu.
Classic gelato flavors like coconut, raspberry, and chocolate are sold in cups for patrons looking for a traditional experience. Ordering a small cup of gelato brings two scoops for $4.50, while a medium cup costs $5.50 and a large costs $7. Meanwhile, each pop in the store is sold for $3.20, tax included.