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Inspiring Conversations with Kristine, Katie, Kayla, and Kellie Zambito of Tanya & Matt’s Ice Cream

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristine, Katie, Kayla, and Kellie Zambito. Them and their team share their story with us below:

Founded in 1991, Tanya & Matt’s has been satisfying the sweet tooth for decades – serving scooped homemade ice cream. Under new ownership since February 2019, Tanya & Matt’s continues to be a local classic. Tanya & Matt’s Ice Cream is now owned and operated by four sisters, born & raised in Tampa, who are proud to serve homemade ice cream to the community they call home.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
The start of the pandemic brought challenges to our business. In response to the pandemic, Tanya & Matt’s Ice Cream initially closed the dining room and offered a limited menu on delivery platforms. We took outdoor orders, call-ahead orders, and added new options like dessert kits for online ordering and pre-packed items. Three months into the pandemic, though, we knew we had to find a longer-term solution that would keep our staff and guests safe, while giving guests the Tanya & Matt’s experience, they had grown to love. In June 2020, we installed a walk up to-go window and permanent menu board and kept our small dining room closed. Although this changed how we fulfilled orders, we’ve been able to provide the full Tanya & Matt’s experience while keeping safety a top priority – guests can choose from our full menu, receive memorable customer service, and be served efficiently!

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Tanya & Matt’s Ice Cream?
At Tanya & Matt’s Ice Cream, it’s our mission to bring Tampa Bay the largest selection of homemade premium ice cream. We produce over 200 flavors of premium homemade ice cream, offering everything from the classics to unique, specialty and cultural flavors. Offering over 40 flavors in store at all times, guests can enjoy their favorite scoop, sundae, milkshake, banana split, cookie sandwich, or classic ice cream soda or float. Our ice cream is made fresh in-house, and you can truly taste the difference.

What really sets us apart is the experience – it’s our mission to serve every scoop with a smile. Tanya & Matt’s is more than a place for North Tampa to enjoy delicious desserts – it’s truly an experience, and a community staple.

How do you think about happiness?
As fourth generation Tampa natives, nothing makes us happier than serving the community we know and love. Tanya & Matt’s is more than a place for North Tampa to enjoy delicious desserts – it’s truly an experience, and a community staple. Founded in 1991, many people remember coming to Tanya & Matt’s over the years when their kids were young, or when they were kids themselves. Having the opportunity to carry on such a special legacy in our hometown, giving our guests a welcoming environment where families and friends can gather and make memories, is why we do what we do.

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