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“It all starts with the ingredients and the recipe.

Then we decide how we are going to seduce the senses. Come see us for our products and create your dream dishes.”

“Come have a coffee and come see our flavors of Gelato.
Come and discover the best ice cream in town in a pleasant atmosphere, with unforgettable flavors ”

About us

Our history

The origins

The story of Roberto’s begins in 1971, not in Montreal, but in the city of Pescara, a seaside city in Abruzzo, Italy.

Rocco D’Angelo, a man of humble origins, owned a well-known bar in Pescara that served up the best gelato around.

It is a title not easily bestowed in Italy and Rocco credits his success to his recipe for the gelato’s base; the same recipe which is carefully guarded and used in Roberto’s to this day. Rocco worked hard trialing his many different recipes before figuring out the best combination of ingredients to reach a silky smooth and creamy gelato base.

Til this day, the recipe is still a family secret.

A new beginning in Montreal

In 1973, Rocco and his wife Angela, who were both born in Italy, decided to embark on a life in Canada together. Rocco knew it would be tough to leave his family, and bar, behind, but Angela’s family in Montreal was very supportive and helped them settle into their new life.

After working odd jobs here and there at the beginning, Rocco began to realize he would never be truly satisfied in Canada unless he continued the work that brought him so much passion and success at home: GELATO. In May of 1982, Rocco and Angela opened Gelateria Roberto and immediately became popular amongst other Italian-Canadians that first summer. The name Roberto was inspired by the newest member to the D’Angelo family, Rocco and Angela’s first grandson.

Cold winters drive innovation

Although that first summer was a hit and word was spreading throughout town, Rocco quickly realized that gelato was not a best-seller during Montreal’s rather chilly winters. This was a problem he never had to face in his Southern Italian town, but now that he was back to following his dreams, Rocco was not about to give up easily. He began to think of ventures that would complement the gelateria and could draw business year-round. A restaurant was the answer.

Gastronomia Roberto

Happy with the restaurant’s success, but seeing the opportunity to serve more people, Rocco decided to expand Roberto’s culinary offerings by opening the Gastronomia in 1994. Gastronomia Roberto has changed a lot over the years, but one thing is constant: the D’Angelo Family. It’s owned by Rocco and Angela’s daughters, Antoinette and Marilena, along with Marilena’s husband, Carlo. Today you will find them together with their children and their nieces and nephews, cooking in the kitchen, serving guests and scooping ice cream any day of the week.

The Gastronomia is many things, just as gastronomias in Italy are! You can purchase fresh pasta and pasta sauces, frozen homemade lasagnas, specialty-food products imported from Italy and a daily menu with warm meals, soups and salads that can be enjoyed in-house or to go.

You can also order our famous custom gelato cakes at the Gastronomia or Gelateria. The perfect way to celebrate a birthday, baptism or bridal shower.

A Montreal Staple

Roberto’s has been a staple of Italian-Canadian cuisine and gelato for more that 40 years. Still owned and operated by the same family, the commitment to quality and innovation has been the keys to our success, literally. Gelateria Roberto has been awarded best gelato three years in a row by Panorama and has won praise from the Journal de Montreal. Visit us any day of the week, except Monday, for great food, gelato and a cozy family environment.

In light of recent events concerning the COVID-19 virus, Gastronomia Roberto Gelateria has taken necessary precautions in order to ensure the safety and well-being of our clients and our staff. These precautions include those mandated by the federal government of Canada and the provincial government of Quebec. 

Therefore our hours have been modified to accommodate the situation as well as table service being suspended. Fortunately, Gastronomia Roberto Gelateria’s option has been deemed an essential service thus letting us continue to operate until further notice.

We are still open for any shopping needs you may have and we are still continuing to cook ready-made meals to go for you to purchase.

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