WEB_6301Gerolamo Boero, universally known as “Giumin”, studied and worked in the dairy shop of his grandmother Caterina, also know as “Catarin”. He delivered milk to every hotel, guest house and private home in Nervi.
In 1934, young Giumin, just 11 years old, tired of the deliveries, came up with the idea of producing ice cream.
The secret was to use only the very best ingredients and mix them well: in fact, he was blending exclusively milk from S. Ilario, with the best lemons of the area, and fresh eggs from Piedmont. Around the time of the war in Abissinia, before the second World War, Giumin invented the famous “Pinguino” (literally “Penguin”), a delicious hazelnut icecream covered with extra-fine chocolate. At first, he gave it the name “Macallè”, as a tribute to the Italian conquest of the African city of the same name.
After his grandmother’s death in 1948, Giumin’s range of flavours multiplied.
The Boero brothers, Giumin and Angiulin, renovated completely the venue in Pranchini street and from a dairy store-ice cream parlour it became also a bar.

Now that the grand hotels of Nervi are no more Giumin remains one of the few things that retain the genuine flavour of a glorious past.