About Us

About Us

Z. Cioccolato is a locally owned business located in the heart of the historic North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco. Z. Cioccolato is a sweets shop specializing in award winning fudge. In addition to the house made fudge, they also feature chocolate confections, ice cream, salt water taffy, and nostalgic candy that you have not seen since you were a kid!

Z. Cioccolato’s layered fudge has been featured on the Cooking Channel’s “Unique Sweets” show and was also ranked the 18th best fudge in all of America (MSN Top 25 List). The fudge is made in small batches, only 6 pounds at a time, and is still made in a good old fashioned baking pan just like you would at home. Their signature flavor is the Peanut Butter Pie which has seven different layers inside, including caramel, marshmallow, heath, oreo, milk chocolate, and peanut butter fudge.

 

 

My Story

Sweets have always been my weakness and
retail has always been in my blood.
 
I was just 14 years old working as a box boy in my grandfather's department store in Humboldt County when I fell in love with retail.
 
Years later my weakness for sweets sprang to life when I opened Lickity Split, my own frozen yogurt shop.  
 
After that, I found myself back in retail selling pillows for an Italian bedding company, but I couldn’t get my mind off the idea of owning my own sweets shop. 
 
In 2015 I learned that the original owners of Z. Cioccolato were retiring and I leapt at the opportunity.  
 
And that’s how I went from selling pillows to being a Chocolatier!