Scuttlebutt Confirmed: Dolcezza Gelato Coming to former Mid City Deli space in Logan Circle

14th and P St, NW

Back in October I shared some scuttlebutt about a Dolcezza Gelato taking over the once planned for unknown Taylor Gourmet themed spot in the former Mid City Deli space at the corner of 14th and P St, NW. Ed. Note: I’m aware the previous sentence is a long one and quite possible a run on. Apologies. In January we noted major demo had started. Though Dolcezza denied plans for a new space at the time, CityPaper says its for real:

“Unlike Dolcezza’s other outposts, this location will have a to-go window that allows people to order gelato and coffee from the street.”

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  • Does anyone know when their factory near Union Market will be open for visitors?

    • Prince Of Petworth

      From a press release:

      “WHAT: Robb Duncan, Washington’s premier gelato artisan and co-owner of Dolcezza, is pleased to announce their state-of-the-art gelato factory + coffee lab factory at 550 Penn Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002, just steps from Union Market, will officially open to the public on Friday, March 21st. Since December 2013, the 4,000 square-foot warehouse space has been used to produce 300 seasonally driven flavors of gelato and sorbetto. Now, guests will have the opportunity to visit the factory to experience gelato and sorbetto as they are being churned daily, with five to six flavors in production at any given time. Additionally, Duncan will debut new creations including Thai Coconut Milk with chocolate chili crumble; Singing Dog Vanilla with rosemary brown sugar walnuts, as well as Valrhona Chocolate with homemade peanut butter topped with salted Hubs Virginia peanuts and whipped cream.

      As part of the opening weekend festivities, Dolcezza will be offering free public tours on Friday, March 21st, Saturday, March 22nd, and Sunday, March 23rd at 2 PM and 4 PM. Guests will also receive half priced pre-packaged pints of their delicious gelato and sorbet. Pints normally retail for $10.50.

      WHEN: Friday, March 21st, from 12 Noon to 5 PM, as well as Saturday, March 22nd and Sunday, March 23rd, from 12 Noon to 7 PM. Complimentary tours will be available at 2 PM and 4 PM daily. “

  • Not sure about the wisdom of opening across the street from Pitango – but it beats another small plate restaurant.

  • Argh…I was hoping for a sandwich shop. How many gelato places does one street need?!

    • If Logan Circle doesn’t want it, we would GLADY welcome it in Petworth. No ice cream places up here yet…. It’d be a gold mine.

      • I would looove a Dolcezza in Petworth! They would do great on the Upshur corridor.

      • I’d love that, but I’m not sure Petworth could support something that pricey. Maybe?

        That said, Dolcezza is pretty much the best ice cream product I’ve ever had the great fortune to taste.

        • They could easily support it. The area is rapidly changing. If folks can handle Chez Billy, Domku and Petworth Citizen. As well as expensive coffee at Qualia, an ice cream shop like Dolcezza isn’t going to be a problem. Houses are selling like wildfire for $740,000+.

      • Ice cream/ gelatto always seems like a seasonal business to me. Do you really think it could be a viable business in Petworth (really asking)? Also, is there enough foot traffic? Because it also strikes me as a wandering-by type business rather than a destination. Maybe I’m way off.

        • Not enough foot traffic in Petworth to support a gelato place, IMHO. And most of the people walking around on foot are pretty poor and not looking to spend $7 on gelato.

  • lindz0722

    Agree completely. Regardless of my personal feelings about gelato (which are “eh”), out of all the available storefronts in the Logan/14th Street area or in nearby neighborhoods, I don’t understand why they would they choose to open half a block from an existing and seemingly successful gelato shop.

  • Hey dawg, I heard you like gelato. So I put your gelato shop across from an existing gelato shop and next to a Whole Foods that sells gelato and down the street from multiple restaurants with good gelato.
    Eat some gelato, son!

  • I love the name Mid City for this area

  • They will get better foot traffic or at least visability in this location than Pitango does, where in the summer months the line is out the door. Dolcezza is ridiculously expensive and I tend to like Pitango’s stuff more, but I’m sure I will drop by after dinner at at 14th street spot. Now someone open up a regular ice cream shop, with regular vanilla and chocolate and banana splits that won’t break the bank.

    • “Now someone open up a regular ice cream shop, with regular vanilla and chocolate and banana splits that won’t break the bank.”
      AMEN!! +1,000
      Some good old fashioned Custard Ice Cream. Funny how people can’t wait to get to the beach to buy Custard Ice Cream- but mention it to them when they’re at home in their urban environment and they scream OMG NO! it has to be frozen yogurt.

  • I don’t think there’s any issue with Pitango on the same block. Dolcezza’s gelato is so much better!

  • great. Another grossly overpriced place that adds little value to the area. It’s a shame Taylor didn’t go in there. I actually think a gelato place would do better closer to U Street where it would complement existing business better.

    • There’s a Taylor 4 blocks north of here (less than a 5 minute walk). Why would they add another?

  • I’m just happy that they’ll have a to-go window. Very convenient when you’re walking the pooch.

  • This is disappointing, I’d prefer a sandwich shop or take out option not gelato…we already have a Pitango!

  • Gahhh such a wasted opportunity! Seriously, even a big-chain coffee shop would be preferable to this.

    • lovefifteen

      Why would a big-chain coffee shop be preferable? There is a Starbucks on this block and also a Caribou Coffee that is converting into a Peet’s Tea & Coffee.

      Your frustration seems hypocritical.

      • Last I heard from the ‘bou at 15th and M – the Caribou/Peet’s at Rhode Island will not be returning until whatever ‘development’ is done.

  • It’s amazing that this corner took so long to gentrify. Also, PoP previously reported that the whole building is being gutted and redone. What will happen with the other floors? I’d imagine that gelato really only needs one floor, but maybe I’m wrong there.

    • Who cares if it fails? Someone needs to spend the money re-habbing that eyesore. I’m guessing that will cost a pretty penny to re-do that crap hole.

    • Whenever I walk past it, it seems like the apartments upstairs remain untouched. I think it may just be the bottom couple of floors? I could be wrong, though.

  • lovefifteen

    I’m really happy about this. I love Dolcezza and don’t care for Pitango. I’ll definitely be eating more Dolcezza now because I walk on 14th Street every day. I almost never head over to Connecticut Ave north of Dupont Circle unless I’m specifically walking to Dolcezza so I can understand why they would want to open up here regardless of whether another gelato place was nearby.

  • Let’s just hope they gotten all the rats from around that building. Seems like the biggest rats I’ve ever seen in DC used to chill near the dumpsters that used to be outside.

  • Was hoping for a dive bar… Cheap drinks and zero atmosphere (with the exception of the characters sitting at the bar).

  • 14th & P is a PRIME location for any food retail – perhaps a Pitango down the street may influence business – not by much IMO. Dolcezza is simply the best gelato I’ve ever tasted, anywhere, period – and I think many inclined to gelato agree. So much for pitango being competition. Gelato is certainly seasonal – thus Dolcezza’s increasingly sophisticated coffee program. Bottom line, IMHO: all the yuppies spilling out of the theater, le diplomat, etc. will make this new spot a gold mine! Go Dolcezza!

  • 1. I am so very happy that after so many years, this wont’ be such a disgusting eyesore in a nice neighborhood and that the prime space is going to be used.
    2. I can’t believe after all these years, the business taking that spot is going to be a gelato shop. What universe is this?

    • Absolutely agree on both points. The only ones excited that it’s going to be a Gelato shop are those that don’t live in Logan.

  • Gotta say I’m ambivalent about the gelato. But for the love of God, get rid of that fence!

  • Seems downright rude for a gelato shop to open so close to Pitango.

  • These guys produce some of the best gelato in the country, I’ve been pushing them for ages to come to this area. They couldn’t have picked a better location for coffee and gelato!! This makes my day.

  • Very sad. After all the years Logan residents have waited for this place to become vacant- we get Gelato (rolling eyes). Well, on a bright note, at least it’s not going to be a God awful Taylor Gourmet like they threatened us.

  • Great, another “addition” to the 14th St. Food Court. Seriously everyone get over it! Way too much, 14th St. has lost ALL Street Cred for being in this city with it being over run with the douchey “Georgetown” types.

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