Piccolo Grande Gelato Shop

Piccolo Grande Gelato Shop

Piccolo Grande is a store that specializes in an Italian treat called gelato.

Gelato [juhlah-toh]:

an Italian ice cream with almost no air and thereby denser than other ice creams

Tasty Italian treat perfect
for those hot summer days


(in the Byward Market)
55 Murray Street, Suite 102
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5M3

Newest location on 96 Bank Street


Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.


In the Spring of 1987, Steve (Piccolo) Hambling made a trip to Italy to study the art of making gelato and the chemistry behind the process. He returned with 30 recipes, no money, and a half-finished 800 square foot location on Murray Street. And so Piccolo Grande was born.

Over the years, Steve has turned it into two corporate stores, four licensees, and more than 30 foodservice accounts. The store on Murray Street (now expanded to 1600 square feet) remains the flagship store.

In 2009, Piccolo Grande was sold to the new owners: Anton Ejov and his mother Marina Ejov.


If you are craving some gelato, and don’t live near the Byward Market or their Bank street store, here are some other places where you can satisfy that craving:

  • Nicastro’s il Neogozio (Glebe)
  • Nicastro’s Caffee Ventuno (Westboro)
  • Caffe Zucchero on Queen
  • Caffe Latte Cino (Orleans)

For information about franchises, see their website.


Piccolo Grande is a popular Ottawa Secret because of its commitment to quality. They use fresh ingredients, imported flavourings directly from Italy to manufacture high-grade, low over-run (little air in the finished product) gelato. The resulting dessert has the same rich, creamy texture as premium ice cream but only a maximum of 6% fat. (You can eat more!)


  • Homemade soups and sandwiches
  • Great cappuccinos, espressos, lattes and moccaccinos, drip blends all Fair Trade coffees supplied by Black Gold Coffee. Their espressos are made on their state of the art Faema “Due” two group Espresso Machine.
  • Handcrafted chocolates from La Chocolatiere, an Ottawa chocolate company that specializes in handmade truffles using Belgian chocolate and Leonidas, chocolates directly from Brussels.
  • Dessert
  • and of course, gelati! Some of their top selling flavours include: Amaretto, Bacio, Chocolate Caramel, Nutmeg, Chocolate Mint, Tiramisu. It’s always fun to see what new flavours they’ve got and they let you mix and match…


390 mL Water
350 mL Milk (3.25%)
90 mL Cream (3.5%)
159 grams Sugar
20 mL Corn Syrup
10 mL Egg Yolk, beaten

The egg yolk binds the water and fat together. You can eliminate them if you have allergies, but your finished product won’t last too long in the freezer without separating. Mix all ingredients together. Heat slowly to 80 degrees Celsius while stirring. Do not boil! Follow the instructions for your home ice cream maker and enjoy.

See their website for Sherbert and Sorbet recipes!


"Cool" idea for a special occasion: rent a portable gelato cart. With the rental of the cart, you can get enough gelato, sherbet and/or sorbet for 200 people! A whole cart of gelato? YUM!

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