Before heading down to Washington, D.C. recently for a short trip, my friend suggested this Argentinian gelato shop in Georgetown, and I will forever owe her many thanks for it. She praised it so effusively that I was bound to be disappointed – using her hands to indicate how Dolcezza compared to all other ice creams, it appeared that other gelatos and supermarket ice creams existed in the same solar system and Dolcezza existed in its own universe of deliciousness. I don’t know if I would rate it to such an extreme, but Dolcezza did open a new world of flavors to me, and I was not disappointed.
The gelato is made fresh every MORNING, with local ingredients, which helps you rationalize the higher-than-average prices (about $5 for a small cup of two flavors.) With tantalizing flavors ranging from blood orange to avocado to thai coconut milk, this place could put a serious dent in your wallet, but you wouldn’t regret it! The texture is smooth and creamy, and the flavors are intense, clean, and, for lack of a better word, “punchy.” After each bite, you aren’t left with just a “sugary” taste in your mouth – you can still taste the lingering pure flavors of chocolate or grapefruit or dulce de leche. Oh, how I envy those Washingtonians who can hop on the metro to Dupont Circle during the farmers’ markets and buy a pint to take home!
Between me and my friends, I was able to sample blood orange, dulce de leche, mango, pink grapefruit, Valrhona chocolate, honey tangerine, and mascarpone with berry swirl. My favorites were probably the Valrhona chocolate, mascarpone with berry swirl, blood orange and dulce de leche. One friend thought the chocolate was a little too intense, but I loved it. The darker and more chocolatey the better.
I was surprised by how much I liked the mascarpone with berry swirl – I wouldn’t say I’m a mascarpone fan, but it was so light and the berry swirl was very flavorful.
They also serve other desserts – alfajores and churros. My friend ordered a dulce de leche churro and thought it was pretty good. They LOOKED good.
If you find yourself in Georgetown, skip the line winding around the block in front of Georgetown Cupcakes and head to this haven of tastiness instead.
Here’s the rundown:
Dolcezza Artisanal Gelato
1560 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest (2nd location in Bethesda)
Washington, DC 20007
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11am to 11pm; Friday and Saturday, 11am to midnight