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stefano versace gelateriaStefano Versace, who placed 2nd last year during the American leg of the Gelato World Tour (Austin, Texas, May 9th – 11th, 2014), presented the flavor The Scent of Sicily at the Gelato World Tour Grand Finale in Rimini, Italy . He was among 24 contenders, each a winner of a leg of the Gelato World Tour (Rome, Melbourne, Austin, Berlin, Dubai, Valencia, Vancouver).
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The gelato flavor, a deconstructed Sicilian cannoli made with fresh organic ricotta cheese, organic almonds, pistachio from Sicily, candied fruit, aromatized with the zest of organic blood orange and Sicilian lemon, and swirled with creamy caramel, received the people’s choice highest score and was awarded the People’s Honorable Mention.

Stefano Versace, an insurance broker in his family’s firm in Calabria,– no relations with the famous designer –  left Italy to try his luck in the New World. “In November 2012, Italy’s economy was suffering, and my wife and I realized it wasn’t the right place to do business.  We both wanted to earn our living doing a job we liked, a job that would make happy both us and our customers. The world of gelato, which had always fascinated us, appeared to be the best solution. What makes people happier than a good gelato?” – said Stefano Versace who then took the required courses at the Carpigiani University of Gelato in Bologna.
 
After five years in Caracas, Venezuela, Stefano and his wife moved to Miami, FL where they opened their gelato shop Versace Gelateria Italiana & Gourmet in Miami International Mall. Soon customers flocked, attracted by the quality of their product. “Traffic increased in the Mall thanks to us and we became a benchmark not only for many local people but also for the others gelato shops,” said Versace the gelato artisan. “ After all, Versace is synonymous with quality!”   he laughed.
 
More than 70,000 people attended the Grand Finale of the Gelato World Tour in Rimini on 5-7 September. The 24 gelato artisans - who won the stages in Rome, Valencia, Melbourne, Dubai, Austin and Berlin - produced about 6,500 kg of gelato and more than 70,000 cups and cones were sold in these three days in Piazza Fellini.
 
The final result was based on four different juries: public, technical, press/blogger and gelato artisans. The World's Best Gelato is Almond Affogato by John & Sam Crowl of “Cow and the Moon” Gelato/Coffee/Dessert Bar in Sydney, Australia.
 
For additional information on Gelato  World Tour log on to http://www.gelatoworldtour.com
 
FACTS:
 
Italy has 39,000 gelato shopsGermany 9,000, and Spain 2,000 (total 50,000 in Europe).  North America, Asia, and Oceania lag far behind with 900 in the US, over 1,000 in Japan, around 200 in Australia, 300 in the Middle East, and 500 more split between China and Southeast Asia.