Ice cream parlour is chip off old Rossi block

Joe and Lucy Donnelly outside their new ice cream parlour, Hokey Pokey Gelato, in Leigh

Joe and Lucy Donnelly outside their new ice cream parlour, Hokey Pokey Gelato, in Leigh

First published in South Essex news

A NEW ice cream parlour has been opened in Leigh by the great grandchildren of Massimiliano Rossi, who helped set up the famous brand.

Hokey Pokey Gelato, in Elm Road, offers a selection of classic flavours as well as others with a unique twist, such as chocolate and chilli, green tea and white chocolate and cardamom.

Joe Donnelly, who set up the shop with sister Lucy, said: “We used to spend a lot of time with my grandad with the Rossi ice cream vans when we were growing up.

“We always talked about setting up our own ice cream gelato and decided to go ahead and do it. We have 24 flavours at a time and we make all our ice cream on site.

“It has been absolutely brilliant and everyone seems to love the flavours.”

Rossi, which was set up in Southend in 1932 by Pietro and Luisa Rossi and their family, was sold off and taken over by Colin Gray and his family in 2006.

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10:12am Fri 8 Jun 12

maureen says...

would love them to make lemon merangue ice cream, they do in the noth of scotland along the moray firth
would love them to make lemon merangue ice cream, they do in the noth of scotland along the moray firth maureen
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3:51pm Fri 8 Jun 12

Trainman says...

Rossi's will NEVER be beaten for taste.
Rossi's will NEVER be beaten for taste. Trainman
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5:50pm Fri 8 Jun 12

brp1982 says...

Will just add to the obesity problem.
Will just add to the obesity problem. brp1982
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6:06pm Fri 8 Jun 12

Alan Jacobs says...

Is there any truth to the rumour I once heard that Francis Rossi of Status Quo is linked to the Ice Cream family?
Is there any truth to the rumour I once heard that Francis Rossi of Status Quo is linked to the Ice Cream family? Alan Jacobs
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6:20pm Fri 8 Jun 12

doasilikey says...

Alan Jacobs wrote:
Is there any truth to the rumour I once heard that Francis Rossi of Status Quo is linked to the Ice Cream family?
It is my understanding that Francis Rossi's parents ran an ice cream parlour but I don't believe it is the same family. Rossi is, after all, a very common name in Italy.
[quote][p][bold]Alan Jacobs[/bold] wrote: Is there any truth to the rumour I once heard that Francis Rossi of Status Quo is linked to the Ice Cream family?[/p][/quote]It is my understanding that Francis Rossi's parents ran an ice cream parlour but I don't believe it is the same family. Rossi is, after all, a very common name in Italy. doasilikey
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6:23pm Fri 8 Jun 12

maureen says...

brp1982 wrote:
Will just add to the obesity problem.
it will only increase obesity if you are stupid, let the rest of us anjoy a treat now and again weather permitting
[quote][p][bold]brp1982[/bold] wrote: Will just add to the obesity problem.[/p][/quote]it will only increase obesity if you are stupid, let the rest of us anjoy a treat now and again weather permitting maureen
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