About Emporio Rulli
Owner, Emporio Rulli
Gary Rulli is an internationally renowned pastry leader honored for his mastery of his craft. Rulli’s dedication to the art of pastry making has earned him awards, accolades, and long-time fans, including TV celebrity chef Giada de Laurentiis, who recently featured Rulli’s panettone Milanese (traditional Milanese Christmas bread), on The Food Network’s show “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” that airs every December.
Rulli apprenticed with pastry chefs in Milan and Turin to learn the time-honored traditions of Northern Italian pastry making. Upon returning to the states after completing his apprenticeships in Italy, Gary Rulli’s first business focused on wholesale cakes and his famed panettone, but his reputation for producing profound pastry grew rapidly and inspired him to open his own pasticceria (pastry shop) in 1988 in Marin, CA. Settling in the heart of Historic Downtown Larkspur his new bride Jeannie ran the storefront while he labored in the kitchen. Greeted by overwhelming success, Rulli expanded the pastry shop over the years the business re-launched as Emporio Rulli, Inc. - Caffeteria, Pasticceria, Torrefazione (coffee roasting), Enoteca (wine bar) and Emporio.
Rulli was invited to join Italy’s Accademia Maestri Pasticceri (Academy of Master Pastry Chefs), during his annual pilgrimage to the international pastry show in Rimini (located in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region), which he has attended every year for the past three decades. Rulli journeyed to Naples for his formal induction in November, making him the first U.S. born pastry chef of Italian descent to receive an invitation to join this prestigious group of Italy’s top pastry chefs. Rulli has also served as a judge for competitions, which was the first time a U.S. born pastry chef was bestowed with the honor to judge Italian pastry chefs. Gary Rulli’s coffee is celebrated throughout the region for good reason; he learned his bean roasting skills from Alfred Peet of Peet’s Coffee and blended in Italian roasting traditions.
His contributions to the community he serves have been recognized by the Larkspur Chamber of Commerce and Community Association, who crowned him “Larkspur Citizen of the Year.” Rulli has also donated his skills and resources to City of Larkspur, San Francisco’s St. Anthony Foundation, and a host of local schools in Marin and San Francisco as well as countless non-profit organizations over the past three decades. Rulli is also active with Italian heritage organizations, including the National Italian American Foundation, San Francisco’s Associazione Liguiri nel Mondo & Museo Italiano as well as San Fransico’s Slow Food Chapter.