Paciugo Gelato Caffe Acquired by Dallas-based Sinelli Concepts International

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Founder of Genghis Grill, Which Wich Purchases Italian Gelato Franchise, Invests in Growth of Brand

Sinelli Concepts International has purchased Paciugo, a nearly 20-year-old Italian gelato franchise concept based in Dallas. Under the terms of the acquisition, Sinelli Concepts International takes ownership of the 32 locations spanning 10 states in the Paciugo franchise system. Jeff Sinelli, founder of Sinelli Concepts International brings his industry expertise and innovative energy to grow the brand.

“Paciugo has established a solid reputation for quality and has delighted families for almost two decades. Our team is looking forward to sharing the Paciugo experience in even more markets in the years ahead,” said Sinelli. “I am proud of my roots here in Dallas and excited to invest in growing this Dallas-based company and supporting the men and women who make up the Paciugo system.”

Paciugo, which was founded in 2000 based on a secret family gelato recipe and comes from an Italian phrase meaning “messy concoction,” is the largest artisanal gelato chain in the United States with more than 30 franchised and licensed locations. The company is interested in both single- and multi-unit franchise operators and offers flexible real estate footprint options ranging from 120 to 1400 square feet. Paciguo’s artisanal gelato is natural and made by hand daily, incorporating fresh fruits and Italian chocolates for more than 400 gelato flavor combinations. The company also offers additional products spanning a variety of dayparts such as gelato pops, ice cream sandwiches, macarons, smoothies, shakes, coffee, pastries and more while also providing catering options for large orders. In 2017, Paciugo sold more than 3.5 million cups and 75,000 take home packs throughout the U.S.

“With Paciugo, we are giving our guests the chance to experience the incomparable flavor of authentic Italian gelato in a variety of ways that make it the perfect treat to enjoy with family, friends or as a treat for yourself either in our cafes, on the go or to enjoy at home,” said Sinelli.

While Sinelli Concepts International begins work on expanding the presence of Paciugo in markets across the country, the company will continue to own and operate Which Wich Superior Sandwiches independently.

For more information on Paciugo Gelato Caffe and to learn more about franchise opportunities, visit

Sinelli Concepts International, based in Dallas, Texas, has more than 500 restaurants and businesses operating across the U.S. and in more than a dozen countries. Founded in 1997 by restaurant entrepreneur, Jeff Sinelli, the company has launched successful concepts such as Genghis Grill in 1997, Which Wich Superior Sandwiches in 2003, Burguesa Burger in 2007, and acquired and sold Submarina of California in 2017. A global leader in branding and entrepreneurial innovation, Sinelli Concepts International is currently developing concepts across industries including restaurants, food trucks, beverages, coffee, real estate, hospitality, speaking and events, branding and more.

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