Sara’s Artisan Gelato Brings Taste of Italy to Green Bay


Maxwell Timmer, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

Sara Santaga, NDA alum, recently opened her own gelato shop, Sara’s Artisan Gelato, and is the talk of the town in Green Bay.

Santaga attended college at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, and finished her degree at Fox Valley Tech in Appleton, Wisconsin.

“Growing up, I always dreamed of having a business of some sort. I didn’t know what that would be at the time. I just always liked the idea,” Santaga explained.

The true inspiration of Sara’s Artisan Gelato originates in Italy. In Italy, Santaga was “blown away by how delicious gelato is.”

Santaga wanted to bring the authenticity of gelato in Italy to Green Bay, Wisconsin.

“My favorite thing on earth is bringing happiness to people through the food I create, so this job is perfect. It’s a creative outlet for me, and it’s a way for me to construct a gelato experience that is memorable and positive for other people,” Santaga said.

While Sara’s business has been successful so far, there are still hard times and many stressful nights.

“One of the hardest parts of running a business so far, for me, has been fighting self doubt. I started the business at 21, and I struggled a lot with this…I still do some days,” Santaga explained.

Staying true to her business and her craft is what has kept Santage going–even with adversity.

“There were, and still are, plenty of days where I’ve said things like, ‘I am definitely not cut out for this. I don’t think I can do it. This is too hard, and it’s too much stress.’ It’s important to just hang in there on those kinds of days because everyone has them, and they always pass,” she explained.

Santaga is in her first month in her location at 933 Anderson Dr. The positive feedback has been continuous for Santaga: ”I am the happiest I have been in my whole life. The positive feedback and the support from people that I’ve received since I opened has completely blown me away. I couldn’t be more grateful.”

Many NDA students have visited, myself included, and are addicted to it.

One student, Mattea Vecera, explained, “I love it so much! It’s my new obsession, and I recommend it to everyone!”

As a frequent customer myself, I cannot rate Sara’s Artisan Gelato higher than I already do. I 100% recommend it to everyone in the area. It is a must in Green Bay.