SHARING LIFE'S SIMPLE PLEASURES WITH YOU
Awarded Best Gelato in Canada and Top 3 Gelato Shops in The Americas at the Gelato World Tour (Chicago, 2016)! Trained in Bologna by Italy's finest; owner and Master Gelato Chef Tammy Giuliani combines old-world techniques and recipes with a passion for finely prepared food. Stella Luna is the recipient of The International Journalist's Choice Award (Italy, 2017), has been rated Top 5 Desserts in Ontario and is listed on Urban Spoon as "Canada's Best 100 Places to Eat." More than just internationally award-winning gelato, Stella Luna is a family owned and operated European Café serving up breakfast, lunch, snacks, desserts and a selection of local craft beer and vintage Italian wine. Whether it's starting your day with buttermilk waffles and crepes paired with a specialty coffee with Italian fare, a gourmet lunch with freshly prepared panini, eclectic salads, hearty soups and decadent desserts or, savouring La Dolce Vita with one of our Gelato Cocktails, Stella Luna provides intimate ambiance and exceptional food!
Decades before the book "Eat, Pray, Love" was popular; my heart led me to explore the sights, sounds and flavours of Italy. I had only just arrived in Rome, when this hot blooded Roman, astride a smoky grey Ducati, cruised up beside me and asked me to the movies. Three days later he proposed over a pizza and three coins in a fountain later I was living in Rome, my head in the clouds, not speaking a word of Italian but knowing that this is where I should be. The rest is history. In 2010 I spent the winter in Bologna apprenticing with some of the finest Gelato Masters in the world. Now, more than three decades later, with a Master Gelato Chef training under my belt, Alessandro and I are pursuing our dreams. Our mission at Stella Luna Gelato Café is to create a space where everyone belongs; where children can enjoy a freshly handcrafted gelato with their grandparents, alongside friends who are mingling over a glass of wine. Where couples can stare dreamily into each other's eyes in the company of folks who’ve been married for decades. We dreamt of creating the village "piazza", where everyone gathers to enjoy the simple pleasures of life! Ours is love story infused with passion - for both our family, our roots and our business.
Meet Tammy & Alessandro
Ironically, Tammy grew up on a dairy farm! The Stella Luna story in a nut shell is this: Dairy Farmer + Sexy Italian Guy = Gelato! While living in Rome together, Tammy and Alessandro and would spend weekends astride the Ducati, heading through the mountains and along the coast, on their quest for the "Ultimate Gelato". They knew what a good gelato should taste like; what kind of consistency it should have, when it was fresh and when it wasn't. They knew that with the right decorative topping; it could become a work of art. But they wanted to make gelato from simple and wholesome ingredients rather than with pre-measured powdered mixes. So in 2010, Tammy packed her bags and returned to Italy - the cradle of gelato making, to attend the most reputable and successful artisan gelato training centre in the world, and train under Italy's finest Gelato Masters. The Stella Luna secret is the art of meticulously balancing recipes and paring foods in the freshness and the quality of the ingredients. Stella Luna products are prepared on site, from scratch, every day. Each flavour has its own unique recipe and is made using only the freshest, premium ingredients, without any artificial colour or flavour. Tammy & Alessandro infuse the passion and pride they share for well prepared food into each recipe.
Stella Luna Locations
1103 Bank Street, Ottawa 613.523.1116
1130 Wellington St. West, Ottawa 613.695.6565
111 Main St. East, Merrickville 613.269.4949
Ottawa: Wed-Sun 10-8
Merrickville: Wed-Fri 9-2, Sat-Sun 9-4