LuGia’s began as a small ice cream shop that really came to be by chance. You are probably thinking, how could something so delicious, so wonderful and loved by so many people have ever started by chance?! Well, it’s simple, really. Everything LuGia’s was, is and continues to be is built upon one word… family.
In the early 1950’s, Louie (“Chubby”) Ferrari and his wife Anna purchased a piece of property on the corner of Lyell and Manitou Roads on the West side of Rochester. With a prime location and a dream to build a life for themselves and their family, Louie and Anna tried their hands at a number of different businesses and eventually opened LDL Pools, Inc. The store opened in 1972 and after 40 years, is still going strong.
When Louie and Anna passed away, LDL Pools, Inc. continued with the help of their son, Lou, his wife Melinda, and eventually their grandchildren, Louie and Gia. And you guessed it – Louie and Gia became the namesakes for the ice cream shop you know and love today!
Lou and Melinda Ferrari opened LuGia’s Ice Cream in 1995 after a family friend, who had once owned a restaurant business, was no longer using his ice cream equipment and offered it to them. He suggested they open an ice cream store and thankfully, they took his advice. With no idea what to expect, Lou and Melinda gave it a try… and that was how LuGia’s came to be!
It was Melinda who came up with the idea to give LuGia’s customers BIG portions. That BIG idea has become a BIG success and the very thing that brings a smile to so many people’s faces – including ours!
We welcome you to visit us where it all began at 4719 Lyell Road in Spencerport, NY. Try one of our many delicious hard ice cream or custard flavors, place an order for one of ice cream cakes or other specialty items, and for the true LuGia’s lovers, you can now bring us to you with LuGia’s on Wheels! It’s the perfect way to enjoy the BEST ice cream at your birthday parties, corporate events, weddings, & more!