Brand Serves Authentic, Fresh Gelato Based On Fourth-Generation Italian Recipes
CLEVELAND, September 23, 2010 – The unmistakable flavors of authentic Italian gelato are being added to the menu at the AIRMALL® at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE). AIRMALL USA, the leading airport concessions developer in North America and operators of the AIRMALL at CLE, has executed a lease agreement with Paciugo Gelato & Caffé to open a 300-sqaure-foot unit in Concourse C, the brand’s first airport unit since the company’s founding in 2000. Operated by MBC Concessions, Paciugo (pronounced pah-CHOO-go) will offer the brand’s authentic gelato based on fourth-generation Italian recipes, as well as classic coffee and espresso blends created from beans grown at specialized farms in Africa and East Asia.
“At AIRMALL USA, we are delighted that Paciugo Gelato & Caffé has chosen our newest concessions program to open their very first airport location. We believe it is the perfect addition to our program, where flavors range from local to international,” said Mark Knight, president of AIRMALL USA. “Moreover, passengers with a craving for this classic Italian favorite can enjoy their gelato knowing that they will pay ‘Regular Mall Prices…Guaranteed.’”
Paciugo was founded by Ugo Ginatta and his wife Cristiana. The couple imports Italian ingredients, machinery and technique from Italy to duplicate the recipes from their home cities of Turin and Milan. The brand is renowned for authentic, wholesome Italian gelato, which is freshly prepared each morning before the doors open at each location. Paciugo has authentically created more than 300 flavors of gelato in four base formats: milk-based, water-based, soy-based and no sugar added. The company uses only real fruit and high-quality ingredients.
The coffee and espresso selections at Paciugo Gelato & Caffé are just as faithfully designed and prepared as the gelato. With a full menu of styles and flavors, Paciugo Gelato & Caffé offers coffee made from the highest-quality beans.
“Paciugo Gelato & Caffé will create an even greater variety of choices for travelers at CLE and offer some international flair,” said Airport Director Ricky Smith. “We are pleased to add the unit to our concessions program and are certain that passengers will welcome the arrival of freshly-prepared Italian gelato.”
A project of AIRMALL USA, the AIRMALL at CLE officially opened in July 2010. The 76,000-square-foot concessions program features 55 distinct units.