I've been a confirmed albeit recently converted frozen yogurt fan. But if frozen yogurt is the gateway drug, then gelato is the next step. And so walking up Connecticut Avenue, I decided to step into the Dupont location of Dolcezza, the artisanal gelato shop.
The shop is cute, with a hip indie vibe. Decor is purple graffiti on canvas, white tile floors and dark wood counters. The various flavors of sorbet and gelato (and apparently the farms of their ingredients' provenance) are listed behind the counter on hand-written glass menus. About the only downside is the real lack of seating; four seats at the window counter, a long table of six or so chairs, and a bench outside. It's really grab-and-go.
Deciding to spurn the delicious pastries in the window, I went with two scoops of gelato, one the lemon ricotta cardamom, the second blackberries and cream. Each was delicious and sweet, particularly the lemon, with its brilliant notes of cardamom. I'm easily swayed by ingredients I love, and by fresh quality ingredients, but this was beyond nice.
Taste Test: 4 Forks (out of 5)
Perfect for: Walking along the streets in the summer