Gianna’s is a quaint java and gelato shop on O St. and 23rd St. run by the Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska. The shop, which opened in Dec. 2015, helps support efforts to give to those in need in Lincoln and southern Nebraska. In addition to aiding Nebraskans, the peaceful and quiet shop offers a relaxing atmosphere for any college student seeking a getaway.
Featuring a rustic yet modern vibe set with plush chairs and charming decor, Gianna’s is a comfortable hang out destination, promoting conversation over a cup of coffee or a bowl of gelato. The shop also has a section devoted to comfortable reading chairs and a small collection of religious books. This quiet nook provides a space to sit and read, or do homework while enjoying a sweet treat.
Gianna’s features 40 different flavors of gelatos and sorbettos rotating daily; choices include red velvet, dark chocolate, strawberry and mango. Customers may sample the variety of flavors displayed to help them decide which choice is best. Additionally, Gianna’s sells prepackaged pints for customers to take these sweet treats home.
Though primarily a coffee and gelato shop, Gianna’s also serves breakfast and lunch options such as salads, soups, cinnamon rolls and scones. All roll-ups and tortilla sandwiches include salad and dessert. Other treats, including cookie sandwiches and frozen novelty pops, are additional options.
For guests with special dietary needs, several vegetarian options are offered such as a veggie roll-up, an apple, feta, raisin and almond spinach salad, cinnamon rolls and scones. In addition, all sorbettos are made without dairy to provide sweet vegan options.
More than simply enjoying the tasty treats and comfortable mood, customers can feel good knowing their purchases went toward a great cause here in Lincoln by helping their fellow Nebraskans.
Gianna’s is open Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sara Roberts is a junior Business Administration and English major.