In The Beginning

Joshua Davis and Bruno Tropeano, two guys right out of college, felt that something was amiss. People in Maine created some of the best of everything in the world — higher educationships, television doctors, winter boots. But the gelato of which they dreamt could not be found in here in Maine, or elsewhere in the United States.

Josh and Bruno sensed both a responsibility and an opportunity and set off to rediscover the lost art. Imagining a long-forgotten Red Spoon Society of superior gelato artisans, they learned the techniques and practices of the old masters of gelato. They used those techniques as a foundation for creating an even better gelato experience: make lots of creative flavors for discerning guests, serve them in a way that invites discovery and delight, and never compromise on quality.

In 2007, the doors to their first gelato store opened. Josh and Bruno named it Gelato Fiasco as a hedge against trend-pursuers, treasure hunters, and impostors, for only a true food lover, guided by his or her own sense of adventure, would dare enter a store with that name. And as they loved it, they would share with their families and friends, who would share with theirs.


Gelato Fiasco serves guests at two stores: the original Flagship Store in Brunswick, Maine, and a store in the historic Old Port section of Portland, Maine. Flavors are made daily from an always-growing collection of more than 1,500 house recipes. A catering team scoops flavors at weddings throughout New England. And pints of Gelato Fiasco’s most delicious and appealing flavors are available at grocery stores. Wherever it is sold or served, Gelato Fiasco strives to offer bold, intense flavors with a dessert whose commitment to quality and integrity is unmatched.

The Gelato Fiasco Guarantee

“Here in Maine, people believe in the things that they make. We’re proud to bring to you the best gelato created and served anywhere. If we fall short, please let us know so we can make it right.”
– Josh and Bruno