Paciugo, a nearly 20-year-old Italian gelato franchise concept based in Dallas, is giving fans a tasty way to toast the holidays and New Year with the introduction of a new Peach Bellini Sorbet that will be available by Friday, December 21 at all locations.

The 30-plus unit concept was acquired by Sinelli Concepts International a little more than a year ago, and the Peach Bellini Sorbet is another example of the menu innovation the brand will offer moving forward under the ownership of inventive restaurant veterans Jeff and Courtney Sinelli and from the culinary mind of Diego Comparin, who is the Vice President of R&D and Production for Paciugo and has led the company’s R&D for nearly 15 years. Described as the “mad scientist of gelato,” Comparin created the Peach Bellini Sorbet as a delicious option to pair with champagne, Prosecco or other sparkling wines.

“It’s the time of year to celebrate 2018 and toast to a New Year. The Peach Bellini Sorbet adds a wonderful sweet treat to share with friends and family,” says Courtney Sinelli, co-founder and executive vice president of Sinelli Concepts International. “I’m looking forward to counting down to the New Year with one in my hand this New Year’s Eve.”

Paciugo, which was founded in 2000 based on a secret family gelato recipe and comes from an Italian phrase meaning “messy concoction”, is the largest artisanal gelato chain in the United States with more than 30 franchised and licensed locations. The company is interested in both single- and multi-unit franchise operators and offers flexible real estate footprint options ranging from 120 to 1400 square feet. Paciguo’s artisanal gelato is natural and made by hand daily, incorporating fresh fruits and Italian chocolates for more than 400 gelato flavor combinations. The company also offers additional products spanning a variety of dayparts such as gelato pops, ice cream sandwiches, macarons, smoothies, shakes, coffee, pastries and more while also providing catering options for large orders. In 2017, Paciugo sold more than 3.5 million cups and 75,000 take home packs throughout the U.S.

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