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Gary Rulli Owner, Master Pastry Chef

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Gary Rulli has earned national attention as one of America’s finest pastry chefs, turning out a remarkable array of classic Northern Italian creations at his famed Emporio Rulli in Larkspur. Since its opening in 1988, Gary and¬†Jeannie Rulli’s ¬†pasticceria (pastry shop) – known to regulars simply as “Rulli” – has garnered a loyal and ever-growing audience, a devoted mail-order clientele, and universal critical acclaim.

At the age of 19, Rulli apprenticed under master pastry chefs in Milan and Torino to learn the time-honored traditions of Northern Italian pastry making. Rulli returned from Italy to his home base in Marin and opened his downtown Larkspur pasticceria, with his wife, Jeannie. Greeted with overwhelming success, the Rullis expanded their pastry shop into two neighboring store fronts in the 90’s and reintroduced themselves as Emporio Rulli, Inc. – Caffeteria, Pasticceria, Torrefazione, Enoteca (wine bar) and Emporio.

In 2009, 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, which he has attended every year for the past two decades. Rulli journeyed to Naples for his formal induction in November 2009, 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 also served as a judge for the 2009 competition, which was the first time a U.S. born pastry chef was bestowed with the honor to judge Italian bakers.

Rulli remains extremely active in community service. A member of the Larkspur Chamber of Commerce and Larkspur Community Association, Rulli has been honored as “Larkspur Citizen of the Year” for his contributions to the community. Other beneficiaries of Rulli’s philanthropic zeal include the Marin Association for Retarded Citizens, Hospice of Marin, San Francisco’s St. Anthony’s Dining Room, Taste of the Nation and local schools, including Redwood High School, Marin Catholic High School, and St. Patrick’s School.

Rulli is equally devoted to the Italian community at large. He is a member of the National Italian American Foundation and the Amici Dell’Italia Foundation, in addition to supporting the Museo ItaloAmericano at Fort Mason.

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