About UsZ. 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.
Z. Cioccolato first opened its doors in 2001 and has been supplying sweets to San Franciscans ever since. The shop is located in North Beach which is San Francisco’s “Little Italy” thus the name Cioccolato (choc-a-lot-o), which is the Italian word for Chocolate. The owner Mike Zwiefelhofer comes from a long lineage of retailers. His great grandfather and grandfather owned a successful department store chain for over 100 years and Mike’s first job was as a box boy at the age of 14. Mike spent many years in the furniture retail business, as well as previously owning a frozen yogurt shop. Mike has a passion for adding a bit of sweetness to his customer’s day.