“Gelato is Happiness” is the tagline for Konos Gelato, which has just opened at 1948 Hollywood Boulevard.
The new shop is owned by Italian businessman Stefano Versace and is the 20th in the chain, which he founded in 2013 in Miami. It is the second Konos location in Broward County.
“To me,” asserted Versace, “gelato represents something that is 100 percent Italian -- it is a perfect ambassador for Italy. And I feel that it’s my mission to give something back to Italy while achieving the American Dream.”
In fact, through the business, Versace has helped several Italian families come to America and realize that dream as well. He’s even written a book about it: American Ice Dream -- the Sweet Side of Business.
Versace is excited about the new store because he knows that having a business in Hollywood is key to expanding the Konos brand in Broward County. This location also features pizza and other authentic Italian foods, along with a large selection of gelato flavors, smoothies, juices, baked goods and coffees.
This year, Konos has begun a franchising program, and is opening a wholesale gelato factory in Miami, the largest in the US, Versace said, which will supply not only the company’s own stores, but other restaurants and hotels as well.
Among the menu items at the Hollywood store are, of course, gelato desserts ($6 - $7, depending on toppings and treats), and coffee drinks ($2.15 - $5.66), and from the food menu, appetizers such as Polpette (homemade classic Italian meatballs, at $12), pastas, including Ravioli alla Vodka ($15), Italian chicken dishes ($15 - $17), Italian and American gourmet sandwiches (with fries, $10 - 14) and almost a dozen different pizza choices ($13 - $17).
Konos Hollywood is open daily from noon to 1:00 a.m. and serves lunch and dinner as well as wine and beer. Dine-in, pick up, and delivery are available.
For more information, please contact Konos Gelato, at 754-260-5182, firstname.lastname@example.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KonosGelato, on Instagram at www.instagram.com/konos_gelato, or at www.konosgelato.com. For information on franchising, email email@example.com.