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Danforth's Mad Italian is a Sure Bet!

July 26, 2013:

On Saturday the Mad Italian Gelato Bar and Café Italiano had their grand opening, celebrating in style! Guests were treated to a free pizza cone or gelato. Located at 565 Danforth Avenue the Mad Italian Gelato Bar and Café Italiano was the place to be Saturday. Guests enjoyed free pizza while listening to live music by...

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Free Food July 13th
Danforth Goes MAD on July 13th!

July 13, 2013:

Will that be a free Hot Pizza Cone or a free Gelato? The Danforth's Mad Italian Gelato Bar + Café Italiano serves up FREE FOOD at its grand opening!

True to its name, The Mad Italian Gelato Bar and Café Italiano located at 565 Danforth Avenue is expecting a little madness on Saturday, July 13th, as the eatery prepares for a deluge of customers at its grand opening event. From 11 am to 11 pm that day, the restaurant hosts "The Danforth's Gone Mad", offering a choice of a Zazzu hot cone (pizza cone) or one of their famous gelatos for FREE. The recently opened restaurant is introducing local foodies and neighbourhood families to the restaurant's specialities, without obligation to buy.

Along with a free hot cone or gelato, The Mad Italian is enhancing its family friendly experience with the introduction of Aldo, the company's new mascot. Customers can record the fun at the photo booth wearing Aldo's outrageous moustache. There will be live music from accordionist Sebastion Carubia (Stereo Love) and a DJ, plus magic tricks, face painting, balloons and in-store prizes. Bring an appetite and arrive early, the free food is limited to the first 2,000 customers.

With three locations in Toronto, The Mad Italian Gelato Bar + Cafe Italiano is a new franchise recognized for its gourmet fresh foods - served fast; superior cleanliness and service. The restaurant's extensive menu is topped by their signature Zazzu hot cones - the only place to get a tasty and easy to eat pizza in a cone in Toronto. The Mad Italian offers 42 exciting flavours of gelato, as well as store made Panini, salads, authentic Italian style desserts, espresso and original gelato based cocktails. For more information, click to visit:

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SNAP Beaches - Mad Italian VIP Night

September 24, 2012:

Friends and family of Eli “The Maddest Italian” Turkienicz president and owner of The Mad Italian, gelato bar and café, joined him and his staff for a VIP tasting of their new menu and items at the grand opening of Mad Italian on the Danforth. Guests experienced the new Mio Pop, authentic Italian Gelato on a stick, filled with scrumptious ...

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The Food Fella - More Than Gelato

September 22, 2012:

Ever since I first went to Italy (to explore the country and to learn the cuisine) I remember being fascinated with the cafes that can be found everywhere. They are simple places that offer espresso, cappuccino, soda, alcohol and usually panini and gelato. I remember thinking how great it would be to have something like that here in Toronto. Turns out we already do...

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Mad Italian Launches 3rd Store!

September 21, 2012:

“You should see a teenager’s eyes light up when they see the pizza-in-a-cone concept,” said Eli Turkienicz, president and master franchisor of The Mad Italian, at yesterday’s opening of the chain’s third location on the Danforth in Toronto...

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Post Magazine - Hand-held Heaven!

July 25, 2012:

Eli Turkienicz, owner of the Mad Italian gelato bar, launched the pizza cone in Toronto after seeing people eating them in Europe. The “zazzu” cones come in 15 flavours. The standout is the Mediterranean, an avalanche of mushrooms, black olives and red peppers smothered in cheese and tomato sauce...

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2012 Taste of Little Italy is Here!


Coming up THIS WEEKEND!! The 2012 Taste of Little Italy is upon us and it is going to be absolutely 'MAD'. This weekend long event is not to be missed, as the streets of Little Italy fill up with hundreds of thousands of people supporting Little Italy culture, food, music and more. Stop by our College Street location, right in the heart of the festival at 589 College Street, and have some gelato, enter to win great prizes, and maybe even sample a top secret new menu item... Hope to see you there!

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Mad'ly Proud 2012


This year we are mad'ly proud and we are happy to announce that The Mad Italian Gelato Bars will be at the 2012 Toronto Pride Festival serving up cool delicious treats all weekend long. Stop by and see near Church and Wellesley for some great Gelato and your chance to win one of our limited edition Mad'ly Proud T-Shirts!!

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Mad Italian Takes on Greek Town!

JUNE 11, 2012:

While Italy’s soccer performance on the international stage resulted in a draw yesterday, here in Toronto, the boot of Europe is kicking it out of the park. This summer, The Mad Italian Gelato Bar, which already boasts two locations (one in Little Italy and one in Leaside), is ready to go for the hat trick with a new location in Greektown.

The newest Mad Italian will be located at Carlaw and Danforth, and we’re told that it will offer the same array of gelato flavours and prepared food products that Mad Italian fans have come to know and love. Visitors can also expect a new aesthetic feel to the location, complete with a “retro vibe” that will be sure to fit in well with the rest of the Danforth’s funky restaurant offerings...

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Do the Happy
May 27th Do the Happy with $1 Gelato


Mad Italian Gelato Bar is Doing the Happy on its Community Appreciation Day. Come visit our Leaside Mad Italian Gelato Bar located at 1581 Bayview Ave., and get a small (one flavour) gelato for $1. All proceeds will be donated to the Do the Happy campaign for SickKids.

For every gelato sold on Sunday, May 27, from 2 - 5 p.m., 100 per cent of the proceeds will be donated to support the Do The Happy campaign for SickKids.

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A Mad Blogger Night!
A Mad Blogger Night!

TORONTO: The Mad Italian Gelato Bar Introduces ZAZZU Hot Cones. The Mad Italian's new ZAZZU Hot Cones were created by owner Eli Turkiencz from a concept that originated in Italy as an easy snack to eat that is made from healthy ingredients. We tried several of the 8 varieties and had to agree that his ZAZZU or pizza in a hot cone is easier to enjoy than a slippery slice, it also stays warm longer. The Mad Italian Gelato Bar is in Little Italy across from the CHIN Radio building at 589 College Street. To see all of the great photos, click here.

Pizza now in a cone at Mad Italian
$10 Restaurateur: 589 College Street

TORONTO: November 14, 2011 - As soon as I read Jennifer Bain’s article about pizza cones, I knew I had to try one and write about it. The pizza cone is already making a splash in at least nine other countries. However, it’s still fairly new to Canada, where people are hesitant.

When I went to the Mad Italian, the only place in downtown Toronto that has the cones (the Italian has a second location on Bayview), there was no one inside. Granted, this was a cold day and the Mad Italian deals mostly in gelato, but I thought that the big sign in the window reading “ZAZZU PIZZA CONES INSIDE” would catch the attention of the crowds. I was left wondering what Bain herself questions in her article — are pizza cones really worth all the hype? I can answer this simply: of course they are.

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Pizza now in a cone at Mad Italian
Cone my gelato - and my pizza

TORONTO: November 9, 2011 - In case gelato was getting old for you, Mad Italian now does pizza the same way. When Eli Turkienicz took over the Mad Italian he tried to think of what would sell during the winter months when gelato sales are down.

“You have ice cream in a cone, well what else can you put in a cone?” he says. “So I thought what about putting pizza in a cone, pizza toppings and stuff.”

Upon further investigation online he discovered a similar dish didn’t exist in the city and decided to introduce his Zazzu hot cones at the Baking and Sweets Show. Since all 75 hot cones sold on the first day he decided to bring 120 along the next morning and still wound up selling out.

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Kusmi Tea now at The Mad Italian Gelato Bars
Kusmi Tea Featured: The National Post

TORONTO: October 27, 2011 - Kusmi Tea is now offered at all Mad Italian Gelato Bar locations! Black Teas by Kusmi come flavoured with mellow natural spices such as cinnamon, caramel and bourbon vanilla, in 125g containers.

Zazzu Hot Cones on Breakfast Television Toronto
Zazzu Cones on Breakfast Television

TORONTO: October 18, 2011 - The Mad Italian's brand new Zazzu Cones were featured on CityTv's Breakfast Television.

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Zazzu Hot Cones
Pizza in a cone now in Toronto!

TORONTO: October 14, 2011 . . . A new take on an old Italian favourite that has been a hit around the world is now being prepared fresh in Toronto by The Mad Italian restaurants. This month, ZAZZU Hot Cones, modeled on pizza in a cone products from these great cities is being introduced to customers.

ZAZZU Hot Cones are the FIRST pizza in a cone product in Toronto. When previewed at the recent Baking and Sweets Show, there were line-ups of hungry people wanting to be the first to try them.

Available in Pepperoni, Meatball, Vegetarian and Margherita flavours for now, with new gourmet varieties to come in the near future. Recently, small indulgences and variations on traditional snack foods have captured the public's appetite. Ranging from $3.99 to $5.49 a cone, ZAZZU Hot Cones are competitively priced against other lunch, snack and short order meals. Not only are the prices easy to digest, they offer great gourmet flavour in a funky and practical cone style package.

To read the full press release, click here.
To watch the Toronto Star interview, click here.
Zazzu Hot Cones

"What looks like an ice cream cone, tastes like pizza and delivers a nutritional wallop in a fun, edible package? Move over ice cream cones, ZAZZU Hot Cones by The Mad Italian will be heating up The Baking and Sweets Show, September 30th to October 2nd at the International Centre."

ZAZZU Hot Cones are the FIRST of its kind for Toronto. Visualize the product as pizza inside a cone. Initially available in Pepperoni, Meatball and Margherita flavours, the customer can customize their Hot Cone with a variety of toppings. Along with traditional pizza favourites, a wider range of gourmet ingredients including goat cheese and herbs are planned for coming months.

In a year that has seen a trend toward decadent food product introductions, this product has staying power. At $4.00 to $6.00 a cone, ZAZZU Hot Cones are competitively priced against other lunch, snack and short order meals. Not only are the prices easy to digest, there is an added bonus of great gourmet flavour in a funky new cone style package.

To read the full press release, click here.
Mad Italian in Toronto Sun
A Sweet Way to Spend the Day...

TORONTO SUN - If you have a sweet tooth and don’t sweat the calories, head on out to the Baking and Sweets Show, Canada’s first event celebrating all things sweet and delicious, and taking place starting today to Sunday at the International Centre in Mississauga.

The show will feature all things to do with baking and sweets including tantalizing tastings, exciting exhibitors and professional lessons. Sweetening the deal are celebrity appearances by Buddy “The Boss” Valastro, the Cupcake Girls, Canada’s own, The Happy Baker and professional chef Michelle Bommarito who will all be on hand to dish out the latest and greatest on the richer side of life.

There will be literally hundreds of booths brimming with all sorts of delicious sweet fare. And some booths will be offering alternatives to traditional dishes — check out the booth for ZAZZU Hot Cones by The Mad Italian — looks like an ice cream but it’s really a new way to deliver pizza! The Mad Italian will be revealing this new product during the show.

The Baking and Sweets Show is presented by Redpath Sugar and co-sponsored by St. Phillips Bakery. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for students and kids under 12 are free.

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Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show

September 23,2011

September 30th to October 2nd at The International Centre in Toronto.

The Mad Italian is proud to announce our part in the 2011 Baking and
Sweets Show. Come on down between September 30th and October 2nd to
experience The Mad Italian and cool off for fall with our delicious
Gelato and hot foods.

for show info and directions.


Zazzu Cones on 680 News

"It's a cone but it isn't ice cream. A local Gelato shop will soon be offering something very interesteing to pizza lovers in Toronto... Pizza Cones!

It's a cone of dough filled with pizza toppings and topped off with baked cheese.

Called the Zazzu Hot Cone, creator Eli Turkienicz says it's surprisingily easy to eat without getting too messy.

The hot cones will be available in pepperoni, meatball and margherita flavours, with a variety of toppings to customize the snack.


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Zazzu Hot Cones on CHIN TV

October 9th - The Mad Italian's brand new Zazzu Hot Cones were feature on CHIN TV's Festival Italiano Di Johnny Lombardi on CityTV.