Placerville says 'Ciao' to Gelatos - EDH Sings Welcome Zia's
Placerville will say “ciao” to Zia’s on Dec. 31 as owner Shari Coia Fulton makes a move that will allow her to expand into wholesale distribution of her artisanal gelatos.
Coia Fulton, who owns the business with her husband, Tom Fulton, will reopen her shop a few miles down the hill at El Dorado Town Center somewhere between Jan. 7 and Jan. 10. She said she chose the location because it has the small-town feel that she so loved in Placerville.
“We were able to rebuild the kitchen to our specifications,” Coia Fulton said, “and that will allow us to wholesale our gelato. ... That would give us the ability to sell to other restaurants or other coffee shops or package it to sell to other retailers. In our current location, we can’t.”
At Zia’s, Coia Fulton and her staff make waffle cones and virtually everything else from scratch. Her persimmon gelato gets its fruit from Five Strings Farms in Placerville, her mandarin orange fruit comes from Graham’s Pear Shed on Cold Springs Road and her pistachios come from Fiddyment Farms in Lincoln. Coia Fulton and her husband lived for several years in Italy, the land of espressos and cappuccinos, and they also serve coffee.
“We honestly take equal pride in our coffee drinks as we do in gelato,” Coia Fulton told me. “Our coffee is done by a roaster in Seattle called Caffe D’arte, and they’ve been up there 30 years. The owner is Italian. ... All their beans are roasted very much in the traditional Italian style, and we do everything manually. Our baristas go through a lot of training. ... We have a lot of Italians who come through here on vacation, and we’ve literally had people start crying or start kissing us because it’s a legitimate espresso.”
Coia Fulton’s grandparents immigrated to the United States from Italy, and she grew up in Ravenna, Ohio, a town named after the city and province in Italy. The word ‘zia’ means “aunt” in Italian, and it’s how she addresses her aunts and how her nieces now address her. Until year-end, Zia’s will be open at 312 Main St., No. 101, in historic downtown Placerville.
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|What does Zia's Mean?|
|Zia is the Italian word for “Aunt”. Zia’s was named for the many aunts that are important in the life of the owner and founder Shari Coia Fulton. Shari is also called “Zia” by her own nieces. Zia’s is meant to evoke the special feeling one gets when going to a favorite aunt’s house to relax and enjoy a special treat.|
|Who is the founder of Zia's|
|Shari Coia Fulton is the founder of Zia’s. Shari is the grand-daughter of Italian immigrants, and lived for four years as a young adult in the northern Veneto region in Vicenza, Italy. Shari’s grandparents were from the Molise and Le Marche regions of Italy. She is fluent in the Italian language and shares the passion and knowledge Italians have for quality artisan products like gelato, espresso, fine wines and fresh foods. She cultivated this passion by interning in the coffee business with upscale El Dorado Hills Sartory Coffee in early 2008. Shari then attended The American Barista & Coffee School in Portland, OR, where she achieved certification in the Business & Barista Training Program. She has attended various Coffee Trade Shows and several workshops in commercial gelato production. Shari and her husband Tom traveled back to Italy to research and expand their gelato knowledge, and completed additional artisan gelato and frozen dessert training courses here in the US.|
Zia’s is inspired by Shari’s beautiful nieces, who also share a passion for gelato, espresso, and all things related to their Italian heritage. Shari also takes inspiration and guidance from her Zia Eleanor, owner of the Elegant Flour Bakery in Merrimack, NH.
Shari has built relationships with some of the best gelato artisans, and strives to keep current with recipes, techniques and products while still remaining dedicated to Italian traditions, honoring her family and heritage.
|Interested in joining the Zia's Family?|
|Print the PDF of our job application, fill out completely, and return to any Zia's staff member during our business hours.|
|CLICK HERE for application|