Custard and gelato from Pav’s Creamery, a Portage Lakes standard, soon will be available in local grocery stores.
Pav’s, 3769 Manchester Road, is launching a retail line of its frozen desserts.
Pints of Pav’s custard in as many as 10 flavors will be sold at area Acme Fresh Markets, while the West Point Market in Akron will sell Pav’s gelato and homemade spumoni.
Classic custard flavors, including Chocolate Almond, Pistachio, Nuts Over Coconut and Black Raspberry, will be featured year-round at Acme. Pav’s gelato is made and hand-packed at its Portage Lakes facility, with flavors imported from Bologna, Italy.
“Our goal for 2013 and beyond is to get our products in the mouths of as many people as possible,” Nik Pappas, director of sales and marketing for Pav’s, said in a news release.
Pav’s began as a Tasty Freeze in Portage Lakes in the early 1950s. When Robert Pavlik purchased it in 1969, he changed the name to the shop’s well known nickname, Pav’s. Bill and Clair Micochero purchased Pav’s in 1978, and the business is currently owned and operated by their daughter, Michelle.
Pav’s also is featured on the dessert menus of numerous local restaurants, including Vaccaro’s, the Office Bistro, Gervasi Vineyard, and 91 Wood Fired Oven.