Gary Rulli at Emporio Rulli Caffè


Gary Rulli is the pastry chef/co-owner of Emporio Rulli and Ristobar. He is one of America’s finest pastry chefs. At the age of 19, he apprenticed under master pastry chefs in Milan and Torino to learn the time-honored traditions of Northern Italian pastry making. He is 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.


  • Top 100 Restaurants (Ristobar)
    San Francisco Chronicle
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    Academy of Italian Pastry Chefs
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    SF Examiner
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    One of the Best Things to Eat in SF

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Behind the Scenes

"Grab a pitcher of Paloma and order The empenadas at Lolinda"
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"Bruschetta time"
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"Drinking Palomas from Scott Beattie at the Chefs feed party. Congratulations Steve and Jared!"
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"Olive Fritte con mandorle only at Don Giovanni my favorite weekend getaway Giovanni and Donna simply the best!"
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"At Waterbar this afternoon with One of Italys top producers Bibi Graetz if Testamatta in Fiesole great food from the osters grill ed Calamari to Emily Luchettis desserts"
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"Easter egg made it back to larkspur from SF chocolate salon with only minor injuries"

From My Menu

Chef Ruggero Gadaldi reviews Casoncelli at Ristobar
$$$ | Italian
Marina, Cow Hollow
"Hands down, the best Italian pasta dish my country has to offer, and here in San Francisco, it is prepared to perfection. Like a candy-wrapped ravioli, the pasta is filled with a stuffing made up of Parmesan cheese, pork, veal, and prosciutto. It is then cooked thoroughly and served with pancetta and a sage and brown butter sauce. I also recommend chef Gary's affogato; it's not listed on the menu, but the kitchen can make it for you."
Chef Ruggero Gadaldi reviews Affogato at Emporio Rulli Caffè
$$ | Dessert | Breakfast/Brunch | Italian | Coffee/Tea Shop
Union Square
"Digging into one of my favorite desserts on a beautiful spring day in Union Square is a perfect way to relax before dinner service at Pesce. Gary’s affogato is a perfectly refreshing Italian treat made with whipped cream, vanilla gelato, and authentic Italian espresso. This perfectly balanced dessert transports me to Bergamo with every bite as I relax while people-watching at my favorite spot in the heart of the city."