Gelato is the Italian version of ice cream, but there are some key differences between gelato and the American ice cream that we are used to. For example, gelato has less fat because it uses more milk than cream, and it is made with fewer egg yolks. It is also churned more slowly, which means it has less air and therefore is not as dense. The texture is also different; gelato is softer than ice cream because it is frozen at a higher temperature. All in all, it is different but certainly no less delicious and in fact, some people swear gelato is the best ice cream in the world. Here are some locations in D.C. where you can sample a cone or cup of gelato today.
1560 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
This local favorite has grown exponentially in the last four years, which is no surprise considering the quality of its gelato. Sweet and decadent is the only way to describe Dolcezza’s lovely gelato. Try its salted caramel, espresso or cinnamon gelato, which are some of the most popular flavors. Many of the gelatos are made with local ingredients, like the roasted strawberry gelato, which means they are especially flavorful. When you head over to visit, remember to be patient: the gelato is so popular, there is often a line outside of the stores.
Dolci Gelati Cafe
7000 Carroll Ave.
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Founded by Italian pastry Chef Gianluigi Dellaccio, Dolci Gelati is known for having delicious and unique gelato flavors. Thai lemongrass coconut, egg nog, chocolate jalapeno, vanilla rose and orange saffron are just a few of the unusual flavors the chef has come up with. Of course, he also features classic flavors such as white chocolate, coffee and mint chocolate chip. The menu changes regularly so stop by the store or food truck to see which flavors are being offered right now. If you are lucky, Dolci Gelati will be offering the nutella gelato: it is sublime.
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413 7th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
Pitango uses all local ingredients, which means its gelato is especially fresh and flavorful. It features 20 flavors at any given time, which could include hazelnuts, Sicilian almond or cardamom, amongst others. It also offers a variety of sorbets, all of which are vegan. Indulge in a refreshing cup of mango or lemon sorbet this summer to cool off.
300 Morse St. N.E., Suite M
Washington, DC 20002
This gourmet gelato shop is not as well known as the other gelaterias in DC, but it offers equally as tasty gelato. The shop loves to offer exciting flavors like goat cheese fig, cherry blossom and caramel popcorn. Amore Gelato also sells gelato pies and cakes which you can order online. See the website for ordering information, as well as details on the various stores and farmers’ markets where Amore sells its products.
Gelateria Dolce Vita
3000 K St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
Conveniently located on the Georgetown waterfront, this small gelato shop has 35 delicious flavors offered on a daily basis for you to sample. Favorites include nutty pistachio, coconut and tiramisu. Enjoy a scoop in one of the crunchy waffle cones which are made in-house. Gelateria Dolce Vita offers seating indoors and outdoors, so you can enjoy your gelato while you relax by the water.
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Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.