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Authentic Italian Gelateria Says Goodbye to SoMa

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Coletta Gelato hits the brakes on its scoop shop and gelato-cycle

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Coletta Gelato is saying “arrivederci” to SoMa patrons after two years. The gelato “lab” and shop at 685 Harrison Street, known for Cal-Italian flavors like California pistachio with Maldon sea salt, appears to have closed earlier this month.

But the owners aren’t necessarily gone for good. They hope to return with a more prominent location sometime in the following months.

“Thank you so much for supporting Coletta Gelato,” owners Antonio Massimini and Henri Waltenspühl wrote in an automated email response to a request for comment. “Sadly, Our operations are closed until further notice. We are sorry for the inconvenience that this might cause you.”

For those who didn’t make it to the brand’s Harrison Street location, Coletta met its customers where they were, roving the city with a portable bike gelato stand that parked at various food truck hubs. Massimi and Waltenspühl stood out for their pedigree in particular: They studied at Bologna’s Carpigiani Gelato University, a real, live, place of gelato study.

Last fall, Coletta announced plans to join Little Fin emporium in the Castro, a forthcoming retail and cafe outfit from the existing Finn Town Cafe folks. Those plans are still in the works, owners say. Stay tuned for more on that and word on a new, more accessible location Coletta location.

This post has been updated to reflect comments from co-owner Antonio Massimini.

Coletta Gelato

685 Harrison St., San Francisco, California 94107 (415) 795-3170 Visit Website

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