And the winner is… Giacomo d’Alessandro in Jersey City

with his Dark Chocolate Surprise, Polosud Gelato

Runner-Up: Buontalenti by Niccolo Pomposi, Gelateria Badiani

Third Place: New York I Love You! by Noel Knecht, Black Dog Gelato


Monday, August 13, 2018–Gelato Festival America, now in its second year, celebrated the first ever Jersey City Edition this weekend at Liberty State Park in Jersey City. The winner of the contest for best flavor at the Festival was Dark Chocolate Surprise, presented by Giacomo d’Alessandro from Polosud Gelato, Coffee & Pastries in New York, NY. Three competitors were from New Jersey: Peter Jose of Jersey & Co. Gelato in Jersey City, John Scafide of Scafide Gelato in Blackwood, and Mike Guerriero of Gelotti in Caldwell.

As the 1st place winner of the New Jersey festival, PreGel presented Giacomo d’Alessandro a beautiful medal by Florentine goldsmith Paolo Penko. Most importantly, d’Alessandro will be competing in the North American Semi-Finals in 2019 for a chance to be one of three Americans to compete in the Gelato Festival World Masters in 2021 in Italy. D’Alessandro’s Dark Chocolate Surprise flavor included 80% dark Chocolate from South America with a little bitter infusion and was a hit with the public and the professional judging panel, consisting of eleven judges.

-Second place went to Buontalenti, by Niccolo Pomposi of Gelateria Badiani in London, UK.

– At the third place, New York I Love You! by Noel Knecht of Black Dog Gelato in San Clemente, CA.