The Brocato family in New Orleans, Louisiana has operated Angelo Brocato’s Ice Cream Parlor for over one hundred years. Along with his brother Giuseppi, Angelo Brocato began his apprenticeship in one of the city’s most elegant ice cream parlors at 12 years old. He learned the necessary techniques to manufacture the famed cannoli Siciliana.
Angelo opened his first storefront in the 500 block of Ursulines St. in the French Quarter in1905. He churned the ice cream by hand, producing flavors that had not been known before in New Orleans. The very first flavor he offered is still produced today: torroncino, a vanilla-based gelato with cinnamon and ground almonds.
After almost 80 years in the French Quarter, the Brocato’s decided to move the store to its current location in Mid-City. The new building allowed them to expand their business and streamline its production facility. The North Carrollton Avenue store still retains the Old World atmosphere with slowly turning ceiling fans, rows of apothecary jars containing colorful candies and white, glass-topped tables that transport customers back to the era of Angelo, Sr.
They planned for and executed a renovation in time to celebrate their 100th anniversary. Only two months later, Hurricane Katrina hit and inundated the Mid-City neighborhood with water. Angelo Brocato’s was shuttered for thirteen months. Brocato’s reopened on September 23, 2006. People waited patiently in a line that reached down the block, surrounded by the still-devastated neighborhood. The reopening was a tremendous source of inspiration and they strongly believe that the techniques and principles held dear by their grandfather, Angelo, Sr., have guided them to the highest levels of quality and customer service.
Angelo Brocato’s 214 N. Carrollton Avenue New Orleans, LA 70119
Phone: (504) 486-0078
Tuesday: 10 AM-10 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM-10 PM
Thursday: 10 AM-10 PM
Friday: 10 AM-10:30 PM
Saturday: 10 AM-10:30 PM
Sunday:10 AM-9 PM