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Gaia Gelato – A hidden gem in Carlsbad

Gaia Gelato – San Diego Union Tribune

Gaia Gelato – A hidden gem in Carlsbad

CARLSBAD — A couple of years ago in Rome, Cristina Amoroso was a high-paid financial analyst for a global oil company and Paola Richard was a journalist and international media consultant for Italian ministries and environmental groups.
Today, the Roman cousins live in North County, where they spend their days running an Italy-centric gelato shop in Carlsbad’s Village Faire center. Walking away from their lucrative jobs at mid-career for a new life in a new country was a huge risk, but the women say they have no regrets.
Gaia Gelato – A hidden gem in Carlsbad, “It’s a dream come true,” said Richard, 47. “We’ve been here a year and I can’t believe all we’ve accomplished. To move to a different country at our ages, learn the rules of opening a business and doing so well… We’re now planning a second shop.”
Amoroso, 52, worked as an analyst for Mobil Oil, Kuwait Petroleum and Johnson & Johnson. She was successful but bored, so in 2013 she decided to pursue her passion for gelato. She enrolled at University of Flavors in Perugia — yes, there is a school in Italy for professional gelato-makers — and spent five weeks learning the art of perfecting the 500-year-old frozen dessert.
“Gelato is a part of the culture of Italy,” Richard said. “It’s something everyone eats every day.” Read More
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“Best Gelato EVER”
Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

I love gelato. I’ve tried gelato all over the world. This location is owned by Italian which really know the trade. Their marzipan flavor is to die for. Marzipan is made of almond paste and you certainly taste it at Gaia. I also recommend their amaretto flavor the chocolate lavender is another real good one. The look and the environment is very European.
If you are not in the mood for gelato they do serve yummy coffee and deserts.