Nardi's Affogato Bar is bringing the experience of Italy’s frozen treat, artisan gelato, made in a traditional small batch way using high-quality ingredients and aromatic coffees, Lavazza, to Northeast Wisconsin.
The inspiration for an Italian gelateria and espresso bar comes from Nardi family history. Starting at about five or six years of age, I started helping my father Salvatore, fill and heat the Moka Pot, the small silver coffee pot used to make espresso, nightly after dinner. The highlight of the week was when I would help my mother Helen, make small batches of gelato in the hand-cranked ice cream maker. She followed the rules set down by Mary Rose Nardi, her Mother in-law, only fresh milk and seasonal fruit or nuts went into making the small batches of gelato on Saturday nights. It wasn’t until after college, when living in Minneapolis, that I realized that the authentic Italian food that I loved was not readily available. So, I took time to learn the techniques and recipes of my Nonna (Italian Grandmother) from my aunts, and the art of wine and cheese making from my uncles. Today I have passed down to my children, not only how to use the Moka pot and hand-cranked ice cream maker but also, how to make mozzarella and ricotta cheeses, cured salami and Italian sausage, cookies and pastries, and pasta from scratch.