Who We Are
The Puma family, Tom, Donna and daughter Stephanie became the 4th owners of this Sanibel Island landmark when they bought the store in June of 2007. The Pumas put their own spin on the business including franchising and re-introducing gelato to the Pinocchio’s brand upon returning to the disciplines of the original owners, John and Arthur created who created the Sanibel shop in 1980 and mastered their own gelato techniques while living abroad in their Tuscan home in Arezzo, Italy. The Puma’s also spend time each year in Italy, France and Spain working with gelato artisans in the hopes of returning with flavor inspirations for the Pinocchio’s brand.
Time flew quickly as the Puma family operated the Sanibel store and grew the business until they sold the store as a franchise on November 1, 2017. Effective December 28, 2019, Pinocchio's is no longer affiliated with the Seahorse Shopping Center on Sanibel and the ice cream shop located there is not Pinocchio's.
Sadly, this means our loyal Customers will not be able to enjoy our award winning signature frozen confections such as Sanibel Krunch (c), Dirty Sand Dollar (c), Wedding Bells (c), Gator Stew (c) and many other unique flavors that are part of the Pinocchio's brand as well as our signature named products such as the Beach Walk Sundae (c), Sea Turtle (c), Tropical Temptation (c) and other Sundaes and distinct smoothies in addition to our very popular Cafe Captiva (c) frappacino at that location.
However, we ask our loyal Customers, fans and Pinocchio's ice cream aficionados to stay tuned for future announcements regarding the Pinocchio's brand, locations and availability.
We cannot control the color of the brightly painted green interior walls in the other shops, but we can control our brand recognition which has been synonymous with Pinocchio's award winning unique flavors and products as well as out loyal Customer fan base.
The Puma’s continue to maintain a personal and vested interest in the continued success of Pinocchio's. They are the officers of Gustare Foods, LLC which is the parent company and franchisor for Pinocchio’s Original Italian Ice Cream and they are owners of other branded products associated with Geppetto’s Beach Foodies such as the creations of the SANIBEL BLOSSOM (c), Croissants and CRODOLES (R), a registered trademark owned by the Puma Family.
It is also of personal importance to the Puma family that Pinocchio’s continues to produce quality unique handcrafted frozen while attaining continued customer loyalty and satisfaction.