About Ecco Gelato
We believe in using fresh, natural, high-quality ingredients (local and organic when possible) and authentic processes to make the highest quality product we can.
What makes us authentic?
Proprietor Matt Durkovich originally learned the ins-and-outs of Italian gelato-making from Luciano Ferrari, a longtime Italian gelato-maker now associated with Catta Briggia (the leading gelato equipment maker in Italy and Europe). Mr. Durkovich later traveled on a gelato-odyssey along the central and north coasts of Italy, to visit some of the regions best Gelateria’s and to learn as much as he could of the authentic gelato-makers craft. His stops included the most famous Gelaterias in Rome, Florence and Milan, as well as several days apprenticing at Il Gran Tritone, a well respected Gelateria and Restuarant in Sestri Levante, along Italy’s northern coast.
Ecco is proud to bring this authentic gelato-making tradition to New Mexico and to blend it with new and exotic ingredients to create our unique brand of Gelato.
Keeping it Local
At Ecco, we are committed to doing business with other New Mexico owned and operated businesses. We buy from local independent farms, retailers, and suppliers to ensure the best quality in all of our products. When you buy from an independent, locally-owned business, rather than a nationally-owned business, a greater share of your money is being used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms – continuing to strengthen the economy.
Ecco proudly backed the Living Wage Ordinance in Santa Fe and pays all employees a living wage regardless of any federal minimum or prevailing business climates. A living wage is only a starting point.
Ecco proudly and happily assists local charities, schools, and nonprofits. If you are a local school, nonprofit, or charity interested in working with us please reach out to owner Matt Durkovich at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are a part of the community we live and play in.
Recycling and Sustainability
From using corn-based compostable cold cups, gelato cups, and spoons, to delivering all collected recyclables (paper, glass, plastic, and aluminum) from our stores to local recyclers, Ecco is committed to minimizing our waste and environmental impact.
Matt Durkovich, Owner
Born and raised in Albuquerque (class of ’97), and a graduate of UNM Law School (’08), Durkovich inherited his good taste from his mother. After studying the art of gelato-making in Italy, he and his family opened Ecco Espresso and Gelato in Santa Fe, in 2005. Before opening Ecco, Matt worked as the Circulation Sales Manager at The Santa Fe New Mexican.
His passion for traditional Italian gelato making and quality food inspired him to bring an Italian cafe to New Mexico’s capital.