Friday, July 1, 2011

Taylor Swift & Roba Dolce at Gillette Stadium!

  photo by Keith Nordstrom

Taylor Swift continued her "Speak Now" tour sponsored by Cover Girl last weekend.  52,000 People came to see the show.... what a performance!   AND...the lines at the Roba Dolce Gelato & Sorbetto carts were fantastic to see!

Taylor Swift said on her Twitter shortly after.... "tonight I got to dance in the pouring rain with 52,000 people. I will NEVER forget it."  Her guitarist Grant Mickelson said  "you're telling me I just played for 110,000 people in less than 48 hrs? We can safely say that the people of Massachusetts are AWESOME!"

  We were proud to participate at such an awesome event.  As always, we thank all of you who are supporting and enjoy our Gelato & Sorbetto.

Monday, June 20, 2011

We've been featured!

 La Cucina Italiana Magazine has been italy's premier food and cooking magazine since 1929!..  We are so proud and honored to have discovered we've been featured in the July/August 2011 issue!...

SWEET DELIGHTS - the kings of cream
If, during one of those unforgettable visits to Italy,
you found yourself walking the sidewalks scooping remarkably
flavorful, creamy gelato into your mouth before it melted,
you know it's not merely ice cream. 
It's been a culinary badge of honorfor Italians since the 17th century,
 and the country is a breeding ground for superior gelato.
While you're stateside, though, don't despair -
these covetable domestic optionswon't let you down.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Roba Dolce at Walgreens!

 Now you can find our delicious gelato  & sorbetto at Walgreens
 in the Northeast!
Look for our Patriots Packaging in the freezer section
of your local Walgreens...

And.. we're still searching for Good Samaritan stories...
Do you know someone who deserves a big box of our
gelatos and sorbettos as a Thank you? 
Tell us about them and we'll have it delivered to their door!
See sidebar for details...

Thank you  from the team at Roba Dolce!

Friday, April 8, 2011

7 Year Old Kylee already helping others

   I am writing to tell you about my daughter,  Kylee. She is 7 years old and one of the kindest people I know. I am always amazed at how much she thinks of others and how she can make their day better.

   Kylee is already an artist and likes to create things for others.  At Christmas time for the last 3 years she has made gifts for a group of 15 girls in her school - things like necklaces, pins, soap and t-shirts. This year she asked to participate in a craft fair, selling her arts and crafts along side other adults who do this for a living.  She worked hard week after week to create beautiful crafts and earned quite a bit of money for a seven-year-old, $180.00! 

   I would expect most kids to want to spend this money on themselves, but Kylee chose to use some of the money she earned to buy Christmas presents for kids living in a local homeless shelter.  Then she made a donation to our local Humane Society, and she just donated even more to help with earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan. She has chosen to keep the remaining $40.00 and save it to buy supplies to make more arts and crafts for next year's fair so that she can continue to give to those in need.
   In a day and age when kids bullying each other is all over the news, it makes me so proud to think that my daughter is doing everything she can to help others.  She truly is an example for everyone, and I'm so proud to call her my daughter. 

Thank You,
Emily Smith

Do you know someone who goes above and beyond to help others?
Tell us about it and we'll send him/her our best form of Thank you -
a big box of our gelatos and sorbettos, free!
See side bar for details.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Joyful Spirit

 I want to tell you about my friend Connie, a most remarkable lady.  She along with her husband have been Home Fellowship Leaders in our church for over 25 years.  This means they invite up to 20 people into their home each month for a sit-down dinner and a night of fellowsip, cooking  a large amount of this food herself.

 Connie also visits people in the hospital or when they are ill at home and takes meals for them to  enjoy.  She takes them for doctor's appointments and even to the Beauty Salon.  Two or three weeks before Christmas she is busy in her kitchen making candy, baking cakes and cookies that she gives to people who are unable to bake, as well as friends  and family.  She also serves her church in many others areas, where ever she is needed. 

  On top of all this she keeps a beautiful home and a well maintained yard filled with shrubs, plants and flowers.  To sit on her back patio with a cold glass of lemonade and view her backyard is a treat.

Connie serves people with a joyful spirit.  What a wonderful example she is for all of us to follow.

Patricia Brown - Arkansas

Help us spread the word!
We'd love to reward more of these everyday good people
with some of the good stuff !
See sidebar for details....

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

What do Fabio, Rohan Marley and Roba Dolce have in Common?

They all attended  Expo West in California! 

 FABIO!!!  with Joanna and Courtney of Roba Dolce

Rohan Marley and James Olerio, our jingle creator & singer!!

This was our first all natural foods show taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center.  Picture two floors filled to capacity with vendors, celebrities and thousands of people sampling great all natural foods. 
Roba Dolce was one of the few booths with a constant line!  After  just one taste we heard
 "This is amazing!"  "OH MY Gosh!"  "WOW!" 
 and "Where can I get this?!"  

We pride ourselves on generous samples, as some of you in blogland already know... full cups as opposed to tiny spoons!  The warm reception felt so good,  especially knowing who we were up against - popular companies such as Morning Star, Cliff Bar, KIND, Annie's, Simply Orange, Burt's Bees.

  We made sure to present a beautiful display case, filling 5 liter pans with an assortment of our gelato and sorbetto, topping each flavor with fresh fruit - mangos, blood oranges, lemons, cranberries -  and pistachio and walnuts.  To add to the exotic appeal of our fruits, we sprinkled exotic flowers too!

Here's our founder, Matthew Olerio - What do these two have in common?
They both have fabulous hair   :-)

 Reminder!.. Keep sending in your stories of good samaritans -
And.. help us spread the word!
We'd love to reward these everyday good people
with some of the good stuff !

See side bar for details

Monday, March 14, 2011

Friends Indeed

I will forever be grateful to a very special friend of mine, Dave Hastings. I live alone and got up at 1:00 AM on a Saturday morning to use the bathroom. After I had entered the bathroom I accidentally fell backwards and wasn't able to catch myself. I hit the floor and after I tried moving I realized I damaged something. I tried several times to crawl out but to no avail. I laid there the remainder of the night and all day Sunday. The phone kept ringing but there wasn't a thing I could do.

At 7:30 PM Sunday evening I heard the front door unlock. I heard my friend yell my name and I yelled back  to tell him where I was. Words cannot express how welcome his voice was. After he had looked me over he decided I should go to the hospital .  I had been on the floor at that point for 18 hours.

 At the hospital I learned I had broken my hip. While I was in the hospital and then  rehab, Dave watched my house, had my security system updated,  and paid my bills as I instructed. One thing he was very adamant about was making me wear a life alert necklace and carrying a cell phone. I don't drive but he takes me to my doctors and the store to buy food when necessary.

He has been a friend for 34 years, a now he has saved my life! All the money in the world can't buy a friend like this. 

-  Terry Risley

Thank you Terry and Dave
for allowing us to share your wonderful story
of true friendship.  It's also a reminder for all of us to
check on our friends and neighbors who live alone,
and if you are older and live on your own, carry some sort of
calling device on you at all times -  such as life alert or a cell phone.  

Do you know someone like Dave who goes above and beyond to help others?
Tell us about it and we'll send him/her our best form of Thank you -
a big box of our gelatos and sorbettos, free!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Shayna scores big for Special Olympics!!

Check out photos from our Boston College game giveaway  last Sunday!
Our favorite Roba girl, Shayna raised over $1000 towards the Special Olympics
 by shooting 12 for 15 free throws!!

Shayna gives a  big hug to her Dad, Matt Olerio, Founder of Roba Dolce

Monday, March 7, 2011

Bravery and Kindness on the High Seas

I work on a tug boat and recently heard an act of kindness that went above and beyond.

While traveling up the East coast last week, we ran into a significant storm at sea that produced 20 ft waves, as we were about 50 miles South of New York Harbor.  The Chief Mate and I were sitting in the wheel house listening to a distress call that was put out on the VHF radio. A 70 foot fishing boat was taking on water. They had one pump operating to pump the water out, but were slowly loosing the battle as the water was rising.

The vessel was in contact with the Coast Guard and they were on scene with a boat and 2 rescue helicopters in about an hour and a half.  We knew from listening to the radio transmissions, that there was another fishing vessel within 4 miles of the sinking boat and they were heading toward them in case they could assist in picking up people out of the water before the Coast Guard arrived. Then we heard another vessel call the sinking boat. They said they were 12 miles away and offered their assistance. The Captain of the distressed boat told him of the boat that was 4 miles away and of the Coast Guard that was on the way out to help. He thanked him profusely but told him his assistance probably wasn't needed.

At that point, the Captain who was 12 miles away could have in good conscience turned away and headed for safety as the storm was quite bad at this point.  Instead, he replied that he was glad it looked like he had all the help he needed, but just in case he was going to head toward him anyway. The Mate and I looked at each other and just shook our heads in amazement.

The Captain who continued on, risked his safety to assist another vessel when he really didn't have to.
This Act of Kindness was impressive, even to us seasoned sailors.  - Mark Finucane

Mark - Thank you for sharing this story of daring rescue. 

Attention readers! - If you know of an act of kindness by someone who goes
above and beyond to improve the lives of others
and you'd like Roba Dolce to reward them with a large
assortment of Gelatos & Sorbettos,  tell us about it!
There's so much good news in the world and
every day people who make a difference.
Send your stories to

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Husband and Wife team bring medical aid to Haiti -

On April 9, 2010 a group of 7 doctors, nurses and volunteers left central Pennsylvania and flew to Haiti... a joint medical mission through Cure International and World Surgical Foundation. Beverly  and Jack Frankeny were part of  that group. Their mission was to bring free medical care to the earthquake victims and poor of that most unfortunate country.

An excerpt from Bev's blog -  which you can visit at

The Faces

I have always been well aware that there are many persons in this world who live unfortunate lives...lives much different than mine.  These images were held in an area of my subconscious....abstract, remote, uncomfortable.

Now the images have faces.  Faces that haunt my thoughts, my dreams.  Images from a world so totally opposite from the one in which I live have taken hold of my psyche.  They are with me to stay.  I will never take a single moment of my life for granted.  It can all change in a matter of seconds.  I know this to be true.  It's in the faces, the faces of Haiti......

Beverly and Jack - Roba Dolce applauds your efforts in Haiti.
Thank you for letting us highlight your story of courage and giving.


Friday, February 25, 2011

Even Elvis is back in the building, thanks to Tina!

Joy C. Tilton of Rogers, Arkansas wrote:

  I would love to give a shout out to a wonderful person who wakes up every day thinking "What can I do to make senior citizen's lives better?"

   Tina Cox has dedicated her adult life to her chosen profession as an activity director of nursing facilities. At this stage of their lives, seniors often "give up," having little to look forward to. I watch as Tina does her magic at the nursing home where my Mom lives. Her contagious smile and energy passes to each person she touches. She spends her days planning for the residents, from concerts to cake decorating classes, petting zoos to shucking corn on the porch, doll making to family oriented parties... she prods and convinces for the fun to come to them. She often says, "All I have to do is ask, people want to help!"

  Tina's attitude is unlike any other person I've ever met, she honestly doesn't have the word "can't" in her vocabulary! Her life has had sorrow and heartbreak, but you would never guess this. The residents of Jamestown are so very lucky to call her friend and to have her on their team, working tirelessly to make them have something to get out of bed for every single day. That's really the secret to having a happy life, isn't it?

Tina Cox with Elvis, who came to serenade the residents -

Thank you, Joy, for sending this wonderful story.
Tina has requested that her gelato and sorbetto be shipped
to the Jamestown Nursing Facility so that it can be shared with the residents.
We're happy to oblige.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Daughters Love

   * Note from Roba Dolce:  The photo and last name of the recipient have been removed. It is important  that you have the permission of the person you are nominating to use their photo or last name on these posts.

  The  person I want to write about is humble, generous, and always carries a smile on her face.  Her name is Christina .  She came to the United States more than 20 years ago from Hong Kong.  She's been through a lot in the past few years and is one of the victims of the recent recession.  She lost her job and her home.  However, she never acts or feels  that she is as a victim, quite the opposite is true.  She uses her free time for charity work, visiting and caring for elders and the ill.  She often prepares home cooked meals and brings them to those who are in need, regardless of  her own time and expense.

   Christina, in her mid-60's, is more active than ever.  She signed up with her church to participate on projects to spread the gospel.  Every year, she travels to Mexico with other participants to help repair and paint  homes and schools.   She is the most generous and loving person I know, and the best mom in the world. 

   Yes, Christina is my mom.  The one who taught me by example, each and every day.   I can never praise and thank her enough for what she has given me, and  I took this opportunity to write about her  because I believe she deserves some recognition. 

Thank you for reading.

Warm Regards,
Amy T.  
                     Amy- thank YOU for sharing your mother's generosity with us.
Roba Dolce is sending out a big box of gelato and sorbetto
in appreciation of her kindness.

Keep the stories coming!
And bloggers - please help us spread the good news by
telling your readers about our mission.  

Monday, February 21, 2011

Spreading Some Good News!

So, why a blog?  It's true, we already have a website.
 This blog, however, is on a mission. Read on and become part of our story.

  We all know how dismal the news can be. We're bombarded daily with negative images of political unrest, the fallout of a poor economy, acts of violence and abuse... the list goes on.

  What we want to hear about are acts of kindness that occur everywhere with everyday people. If you know someone who devotes time in one way or another to enriching the lives of others, or if you have a story of a random act of kindness, tell us here on the blog.   Become a follower and tell us their story in the comments section or via e-mail listed on the side bar. Every week we will choose one of these stories with your help and highlight it in a blog post. The subject of the chosen story will receive a large assortment of our gelatos and sorbettos, free, as a reward for their kindness.

It gets even better - Once we reach 500 followers, all 500 will be entered to win a grand prize of two premium Patriots tickets to the game of your choice for the 2011 season, as well as a large box of gelato and sorbetto... and there are plans for so much more.   So, let's hear it - together we can spread some good news and bring a few more smiles to the world.  

 (Important:  If your story is chosen for a post - 
Make sure you have permission from the person who you are nominating -
we can leave out last names and specific locations for their privacy protection) 

From our heart to yours -
The Team at Roba Dolce