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May 8, 2014 06:03 PM

Gelato in DC?

As the temperature hovered near 90 this afternoon, I had a chance to try Pitango. Tried the Black Tea, Chocolate Noir (sorbet) and Hazelnut.

Each was unique and fabulous in their own right. The Black Tea reminded me of classic English tea with just the right balance of bitter and sweet. The Chocolate Noir, even though it's technically a sorbet, was as rich as chocolate-y as premium ice cream. The hazelnut was just outrageous, made me almost forget about pistachio gelato -- and mixed together with the chocolate noir it made you wonder if this is what Nutella should and can be.

Where are your favorite gelato spots in DC? I've heard good things about Dolcezza, but rarely make it out to the G'Town area.

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  1. Dolcezza is in Dupont Circle among other places, though the selection is very limited.

    You are far more enamored of Pitango than I am. When you can get it, the bitter chocolate and the sea salt at Dolcezza are my favorites.

    7 Replies
    1. re: Steve

      Second DolcEzra. Across the street there was a good icecream/gelato place ages ago, but the name escapes me.

      1. re: monkeyrotica

        Are you thinking of Larry's? I've seen it in a couple of locations. Very boring ice cream, low on flavor.

        1. re: Steve

          What do you think of Thomas Sweet (for ice cream) in Georgetown?

          1. re: ipsedixit

            I've never loved it. There is a place in Rockville called York Castle which is the only ice cream in these parts I'd travel for. The guy who runs it is from Jamaica, and his tropical flavors are great.

            1. re: Steve

              I enthusiastically second York Castle. I am thankful, though my belly is not, that it is 10 minutes from home.

            2. re: ipsedixit

              Love it! I think the quality there is great, and only wish it weren't in Georgetown, inconvenient for me. Chocolate peanut butter is a winner, as is chocolate almond.

              Dolcezza is excellent and definitely better than Pitango.

        2. re: Steve

          I agree, Dolcezza is great. My 4 year old loves the dark chocolate. I hadn't tried the maldon sea salt until this weekend but it is so good. Great rec Steve!