Ciao Gelato – Stop in Today and Taste the Difference for Yourself!

Submitted by Daria Nafziger


Delicate waves of sweet creamy goodness line the display cases at Ciao Gelato, beckoning passersby to step inside and enjoy the authentic taste of Italian ice cream.  True aficionados of this dreamy frozen confection will delight in traditional Italian varieties: Pistachio, Nocciola, Stracciatella, Vaniglia, Amaretto, Tiramisu & nontraditional varieties such as Key Lime Pie, Peanut Butter, Almond Joy, and Orange Creamsicle.


Ciao Gelato was established in 2010 when Daria & RJ Nafziger moved to the area and located the shop within Venice Island’s Historic District. “We want to give each customer the entire gelato experience,” says Daria, “which is much more than enjoying a tasty treat.  It's about developing lifelong relationships with our locals and returning seasonal guests so that when they visit us, they feel like they are among friends.”


The family-owned business has received numerous accolades, including being voted Reader’s Choice Award for Best Frozen Dessert and Best Dessert for 2012 - 2017 from the Venice Gondolier & recognition as 2014 - 2017 Finalist for the Herald-Tribune’s Best Local Ice Cream Shop.


“We are driven by our motto that we are Simply the Best,” says Daria, “and want word to spread about our delicious products so that Ciao Gelato becomes a destination attracting visitors from all over the world.”


Working diligently to ensure that an authentic, fresh product is available, Maestros RJ Nafziger, Alessandro Fiore & apprentice Vincent Duerr create Artisanal Gelato daily. People with special dietary needs or those who are looking for a low-fat dessert can indulge in this tasty treat.  Gelato is mostly made with whole milk & minimal amounts of cream which we source locally. There is no air added into the process of making gelato, so the flavor is richer and denser, but with half of the butterfat and calories of ice cream.  There is also gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and no sugar added products available. They recently expanded their dessert features to include Gelato Pops, Gelato Sliders & Gelato Pies, & Gelato Wine Floats. Special Gelato flavors and pies are also available with a 24-hour notice.


When visitors come to Ciao Gelato, it often is their first time trying fresh artisan gelato but is rarely their last.  Stop in today and taste the difference for yourself!


Ciao Gelato – 317-A Venice Avenue, In Historic Downtown Venice – 941-445-5840 –

Ciao Gelato
317 A West Venice Ave, Venice, FL 34285
Phone 941-445-5840
10:00 am to 10:00 pm 7 days a week