Pino Gelato has opened three new locations in the Tampa Airport. In the main terminal, the Landside Building, the pre-security Pino Gelato is located next to Carraba's Italian Grill. After passing through security, travelers can visit Pino Gelato in Airside C next to Nathan's or Airside E next to Da Vinci's Cafe. The new Tampa Airport locations are in full operation under general manager Tim Juul and assistant general manager Perry Karnias. Each of the three locations in the Tampa Airport rotates 60 flavors with a 12-flavor display case.
Pino Gelato will become an increasingly familiar site to travelers. "Scoop some happiness" is the promise of Pino Gelato implemented in all existing locations including Charlotte Douglas International Airport and Savannah Hilton Head Airport. Dominic Leong, director of operation and strategic management for Pino Gelato, has plans with HMS Host for further expansion in airports with Hartsfield—Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport opening locations in the next few months.
Ramona Fantini, chairman and CEO of Pino Gelato, has received the 2012 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Ribbon Small Business Award as well as selected runner-up in the 2012 U.S. Small Business Administration Person of the Year for South Carolina "in recognition of Pino Gelato's outstanding staying power and innovation." The southeast airport expansions are a testament to the quality business Pino Gelato offers.
Pino Gelato is headquartered in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and operates under a licensing, rather than a franchising, business model. Pino Gelato is in its eighth year serving customers its signature product that has a wholesome and distinct flavor that only genuine gelato can provide. Using a unique recipe its gelato and sorbetto are made from the freshest ingredients. Blended with care, Pino Gelato is rich and full of flavor, yet is much lower in fat, cholesterol, and calories than traditional American ice cream. Pino Gelato was the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber Small Business of the Year recipient in 2010.