Dolcezza Artisanal Gelato now open in Dupont Cirlce offers gelato using local, fresh, and seasonal ingredients.
If you’re looking for a delicious, healthy, and awfully rewarding way to keep cool this summer stop by Dolcezza – now in Dupont Circle! You could miss it … it’s right next door to Starbucks coffee and below one of my favorite stores, Secondi. Dolcezza offers artisanal gelato in three locations within the Washington, DC area (Bethesda, Dupont Circle and Georgetown). Dupont Circle is their newest location.
Did you know that gelato is half the fat and calories of ice cream and the sorbetto has zero fat? But don’t mistake healthy for lack of taste. Co-owners, husband and wife team, Robb Duncan and Violeta Edelman, combine Argentina’s long tradition of artisan gelato production with using fresh, local, seasonal ingredients and innovative flavor combinations. Violeta, a native Argentinian and her husband Rob had the opportunity to learn from what Robb called an “ice cream master” who came to live with them for a month. Rob had his epiphany “If we could do this in the states using local ingredients, only those in season” it could be a success. He said, “the gelato market is wide open. It’s not really been done here.” So they opened their first location six years ago. Dolcezza also operates a wholesale program and creates personalized flavors for over 60 DC area restaurants, including the sea salt gelato for the new Kushi restaurant. Their artisan gelato is also available at many DC area Whole Foods stores and operates three locations within the Washington, DC area (Bethesda, Dupont Circle and Georgetown) and sells their gelato at 6 DC area farmer’s markets — all with a new baby. Yes, their busy people.
Most of Dolcezza’s ingredients are handpicked at local farms and the gelato is hand-spun every morning. Dolcezza follows the seasons and sources produce found in many of DC’s farmers markets. Rob said the challenge is to create each gelato that is perfectly balanced between sugar, fat content, solid, and milk. Some gelatos like the chocolate vary on the continuum of each factor. Some are more sweet, creamy, etc.
Summer flavors are now in stores! Don’t be shy to ask to sample a few before deciding. Some of my favorites: Purple Raspberry Sorbetto, made with Westmoreland Berry Farm strawberries; Lemon Opal Basil, and Thai Coconut Milk. It’s pretty amazing. You can actually taste the difference between the various raspberry sorbettos. The purple raspberry is more tart. And the Basil tastes like you’re smelling fresh basil on your tongue. The Black Raspberry is completely amazing and in fact, Rob says it costs more to make than it sells for. You’ve got to try it.
Dolcezza gelato is available in three sizes: chico, $4.50, mediano, $5.60 and grande, $6.60. Dolcezza also offers a kids cup for $3.50. More information on Dolcezza and store locations can be found online at
Other New Summer Flavors at Dolcezza Include:
- Cucumber Mint Vodka Sorbetto, made with Persian Cucumbers from Toigo Orchards
- Lemon Opal Basil Sorbetto, made with opal basil from Tree and Leaf
- Black Raspberries, made from Westmoreland Berry Farm
- Blackberries and Cream Gelato made with ingredients from Westmoreland Berry Farm
- Honey Lavender Gelato, made with foraged lavender;
- Purple Raspberries Sorbetto, made with Westmoreland Berry Farm strawberries
- Strawberry & Tequila Sorbetto, made with strawberries from Toigo Orchards
- Mojito Sorbetto, made with mint from Gardeners Gourmet, lime and rum