The headquarters and manufacturing plant of G.S. Gelato, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., are far from the scenic Gulf Coast views in this resort town on the Emerald Coast of Florida’s panhandle. To find the place, one turns off the main road and drives a half-mile through an industrial zone dotted with pine trees. The casual observer would never know that world-class gelato and sorbet are being made in this nondescript building located next to a scrap metal recycler.
Owner Guido Tremolini chose the location and the building for its durable concrete-block construction. He had seen the devastation a hurricane can wreak when he and his wife Simona Faroni first came to Florida from Italy in the mid-1990s.