BOCA RATON — La Gelateria della Musica is known in Italy for strange and popular ice cream concoctions like Bread, Butter & Jam, Bud Light-flavored and Chocolate Bacon. For a while, you couldn’t find anything like it outside Italy.
That is until Fabio Brigliadoro, the owner of the La Gelateria chain and chef behind flavors, decided to open up his first shop across the Atlantic in Boca Raton’s Royal Palm Place plaza, at 101 Plaza Real S.
“We did a little research starting from Miami and when we found this place in Boca, we said, ‘This is it. This is the right place,’ ” Brigliadoro said. The personality and vibe of Palm Beach County, and Boca Raton in particular, appealed to Brigliadoro and his partners, former customers in Italy, who will run the location.
The shop will open Thursday, Jan. 12 at 4 p.m., and is offering free ice cream to any customers who show up.
There are nine La Gelaterias in Italy, Brigliadoro said. You’ll find the small original shop in Milan in many Italian guidebooks and travel blogs, as it’s a popular tourist destination.
“There’s always a 200 meter (line) outside the shop, every day,” he said.
Brigliadoro opened the first ice cream and sorbet shop in 2008 when he sought to experiment with new flavors of ice cream. The shops, including the soon-to-open Boca location, make all gelato and sorbet from scratch.
The most popular, he said, is the Bread, Butter & Jam flavor. You can see and taste the chucks of bread inside the ice cream, which patrons seem to love, Brigliadoro said.
“You can feel every single flavor and it’s incredible,” Brigliadoro said.
For those who aren’t adventurous with their desserts, the shop always offers classic flavors like chocolate, vanilla and dulce de leche. Even the classics are “completely different than anything else you’ve tasted,” Brigliadoro said.
For those with lactose intolerance, the water-based sorbet assortment includes several fruit-flavored options.
The first United States location of the gelato shop, known for a menu that changes daily, presents new opportunities to explore local flavors, Brigliadoro said. Some ingredients are difficult to find in Italy and are easily accessible in Boca Raton.
“Like peanut butter,” he said.
At the grand opening, the shop will offer classic flavors with a couple surprise experimental flavors.
Said Brigliadoro: “You’ll have to stop by to find out what (the flavors) are.”