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Making a dream come true through gelato

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Posted By: JunTak
Subject: Making a dream come true through gelato
Date Posted: Dec/01/2011 at 8:57pm
When gelato making is all in the family
By Stephanie Cesca

My grandmother had good reasons not to listen to the letter that arrived from Canada in 1966.

Giuseppina Polsinelli, a mother of five girls, owned her own home in the town of Sora, just south of Rome. She also had her own business, a small but successful gelateria she and my grandfather had opened 14 years earlier.

Yet the letter from her brother, who was newly settled in Toronto, was persuasive in getting her to leave her country: The opportunities available in Canada don’t exist in Italy, he told her. And you can’t expect your girls to want to grow up and sell ice cream.

We can’t help but wonder what he would think now.

Nearly 60 years after my grandparents started selling homemade gelato — first from a bicycle, then eventually from a truck — my family has gone back to its roots, and opened a gelato shop Nov. 15 at the corner of Jarvis and Adelaide in Toronto.

And my grandparents were there to see it.

As my mom, Lucy Cesca, puts it, “It’s always been a dream of ours.”

No dream comes easy, really, and this was no exception.

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