About Ecco Gelato
Fresh, natural, authentic gelato. Artisan coffee and espresso.
At Ecco, our goal is to provide our customers the finest gelato and espresso in New Mexico in an friendly Italian Cafe atmospere. We are proud to be a New Mexico owned and operated business, and are committed to supporting our community and environment. We believe in using fresh, natural, quality ingredients (local and organic when possible) and authentic processes to make the highest quality product we can.
Keeping It Local
At Ecco, we are committed to doing business with other New Mexico owned and operated businesses. When you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than a nationally-owned businesses, 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. Also, non-profit organizations receive an average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses. Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future. In addition, skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.
Ecco proudly backed the Living Wage Ordinance in Santa Fe, and pays all employees (Santa Fe and Albuquerque) a living wage regardless of any federal minimum or prevailing business climates. A living wage is only a starting point.
Ecco happily provides assistance to local charities and non profits. Support is provided to many local Schools, Benefit Events (Italian FilmFestival for UNM Hospital, NMRocks for Warehouse508), and charity raffles. We are 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, aluminum) from our stores to local recyclers (a plea for the Cities of Albuquerque and Santa Fe to start more non-trash pickups) Ecco constantly stives to minimize our waste and environmental impact.
Proprietor Matt Durkovich, born and raised in Albuquerque (class of '97), and a graduate of UNM Law School ('08), inherited his good taste from his mother. After studying the art of gelato-making, he and family opened the first Ecco Espresso and Gelato in Santa Fe, in 2005. The Albuquerque location followed shortly thereafter in 2007. Prior to opening Ecco, Matt worked as the Circulation Sales Manager at The Santa Fe New Mexican.