Meet the Chefs

Marco Napolitano

Tre Palline Gelato Napolitano

Marco has been in the gelato industry for more than 35 years.

“He started as a teenager,” Ashley says of her husband. “It was his very first job.”

Marco is from Italy, where he spent years perfecting his gelato-making skills. He’s lived in Spokane for about four years.

Marco has been involved in helping start several gelato shops in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. He spent several years in Germany, where he met Katie Stillert. Last year, he helped Stillert launch Gelato by the Lake, in Coeur d’Alene.

Tre Palline–which means three scoops– occupies about 700 square feet of space at 153 S. Lincoln.

Tre Palline offers 30 flavors, such as pistachio, amarena cherry, mint chip, dark chocolate, and banana, as well as traditional stracciatella, a creamy gelato with chocolate chips. Many seasonal flavors also will be available on a rotating weekly basis, and Ashley says dairy-free, egg-free, vegan, and gluten-free options will also be available.

Tre Palline also will offer sundaes, including spaghetti gelato.

Marco claims to hold the Guinness World Record for the heaviest spaghetti gelato, which weighed in at 240 kilos, or about 530 pounds.