Straight-up gelato almost seems like the side show at Dolci Gelati‘s new Shaw shop, which opened over the weekend at CityMarket at O. Owner and pastry chef Gianluigi Dellaccio showcases so many other sweet treats, including tiramisu, cookie sandwiches, mini gelato cakes, chocolate meringue mousse, cannoli, chocolate hazelnut tarts, kettle corn, and more.
But the new signature product of the Shaw locale? Customizable gelato and sorbet pops, available in mini or regular sizes. The pops can be dipped in six different flavors of chocolate—milk, dark, white, strawberry, pistachio, or espresso—then covered in eight different types of nuts, sprinkles, and other toppings. Customers can choose ones that are already prepared or pick “naked” pops which can be dipped in chocolate and dressed up on the spot. A set of pops can be boxed up as gifts.
Sundaes—or coppe gelato—made with homemade whipped cream are another main attraction. Among the seven offerings are a banana split as well as a salted caramel gelato sundae with caramelized apples, whipped cream, and caramel sauce. Guests can also build their own. Other treats include panini gelato, in which the gelato is stuffed inside a warm brioche bun, as well fruit tarts, panna cotta, and homemade marshmallows.
Dolci Gelati also plans to have its own version of growler refills with reusable three-pint containers for gelato refills. The $25 dishwasher-safe containers fit the equivalent of 10 small cups of gelato, which would otherwise add up to $55 including tax.
To drink, there’s a selection of coffee, two types of hot chocolate, affogato (double shot of espresso with a scoop of gelato), and ice affogato (chilled espresso blended with ice and gelato). Some savory sandwiches are available, too: ham and cheese on a croissant, pesto caprese on ciabatta, and panini-pressed prosciutto with mozzarella on ciabatta.
Clearly, Dolci Gelati is ready to do battle with any polar vortex.
Dolci Gelati, 1420 8th St. NW; dolcigelati.net
Photos courtesy Dolci Gelati