A Little Bit About Gigi's Boys :
The idea of Italian ice has been in my family for years. It all started in the early 1900's in a small town just outside of Lecce, Italy. My great grandfather Amato Chioda was only 15 years old, working in his Grandmothers kitchen whom he called Gigi. Just an old nickname like mom-mom or nana. His " Gigi " would prepare Granita a semi-frozen dessert made from sugar, water and various flavorings. His Gigi would prepare this treat and share them with family, friends, and neighbors. Four years later at 19, Amato Chioda took and old wooden cart and his Grandmother's recipe on the road. Traveling to the local food markets Amato began selling Granita. As Amato Chioda continued to sell his Grandmothers Granita, he would later marry and have his own family. Wanting more for his family, he packed up and traveled to the United States. He began selling Granita in New York City, but failed because no one was familar with the name Granita. Remembering his Gigi and how she also referred to Granita as Italian Ice. Amato came back to sell his product with a new name. " Gigi's Italian Ice.
Now some years later i myself am a Grandmother for whom my grandchildren call me Gigi. Wanting to rekindle the past and revive my Great Grandfathers legacy. With the help of my husband, and of course my 3 beautiful grandchildren, Gigi's Italian Ice is back and revamped with a new name. Gigi's Boys Italian Ice, because if it weren't for them I would never be called Gigi.