Dolcezza Gelato & Coffee Opening Logan Location June 1st

14th and P St, NW

From a press release:

“Robb Duncan, Washington’s premier gelato artisan and co-owner of Dolcezza, is pleased to unveil his newest location, which will open June 1, 2014 at 1418 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005, in the bustling 14th Street neighborhood. Designed by Grupo 7, Dolcezza’s newest location will feature a “to-go” window that will allow customers to order gelato and Stumptown Coffee from the street. Another new addition will be a sundae bar where customers can enjoy a rotating seasonal sundae menu with home made whipped cream and fresh seasonal toppings to their favorite gelatos and sorbettos. One new flavor combo to look out for is the Fruity Pebbles, singing dog vanilla gelato topped with marcona almonds and candied citrus zest. Seasonal sundaes will be priced between $7 and $10.

The 1,000 square foot space was originally a pharmacy built in 1878. With the intention of letting the character of the building dictate the space, Dolcezza is keeping the original front entrance door and retail shelving. The store will have a crafted apothecary feel with carefully chosen light fixtures from Housewerks Salvage in Baltimore, MD, and feature 30 seats. Ten outdoor dining seats will also be available in the spring and summer months (weather permitting).

When Robb Duncan met his wife and business partner in Dolcezza, Violeta Edelman, sailing down the Amazon, little did he know that two love stories were unfolding. As one romance bloomed in South America, another emerged from a sampling of Argentina’s tradition of artisan gelato and a determination to bring it to the United States. After learning the delicate process of crafting gelati and sorbetti in Buenos Aires, the husband and wife team found a niche in DC’s budding local food culture, building a business on the foundation of cultivating close relationships with local farmers to create delicious and distinctive gelatos and sorbets. The two have formed lasting bonds with the area’s local farmers and artisans, incorporating locally grown and seasonal fruits and vegetables, milk, eggs, cheese and fresh herbs into their product.

Dolcezza’s philosophy is simple: Be curious. Be spontaneous. Play with you food. Support local farmers and make exquisite gelato. Dolcezza makes gelato with a conscience, using only the best available ingredients grown by local farmer friends. By creating an artisanal product, Dolcezza has learned to measure time with the seasons and to work closely with local farmers.

Dolcezza 14th Street will be located at 1418 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005, seven blocks from the Dupont Circle metro accessible on the Red Line. Dolcezza 14th Street will be open Monday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., Friday from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.”

17 Comment

  • this press release makes me laugh.

    that, and I really don’t understand opening a gelato shop literally half a block from another gelato shop (even if Dolcezza is a better product).

    I’m sure it’ll do well, just think it’s a weird choice based on what is around it.

  • Seems optimistic to open so soon as last time I walked by that corner it still looked like a wreck.

    The thing about “two gelato shops” is framing it wrong. This is *bad news* for the other gelato place, but it’s not *bad strategy* on the part of this new place.

  • Given the current condition of the building I doubt they can open so fast.

  • Skeptical about June 1. Their gelato is by far the best I’ve had in DC but I would have preferred something less “upscale”. the area needs a decent lunch place (which Taylor would have provided) as well as more alternatives to the overpriced, mediocre eat well places and the crappy Mexican place.

    • There is a Taylor Gourmet about four blocks up 14th Street, so I’m not sure that’s a good fit. My beef with Dolcezza are the impracticalities of the precious details at the factory/coffee lab, like the tiny flight cups and the retro-milk-bottle water carafe that’s empty as soon as they refill it. Just help me help you.

  • I seriously hope they’re going to redo the outside of that building…the peeling paint and rusty iron fence need to go.

  • I assumed it was closer to the U St metro. 14th St north of Florida is just going to be full of overpriced eats. U St generally is full of overpriced bars. The two compliment each other.

  • I thought they were going to have one in O st market? I’m assuming this location has cancelled those plans. I love Dolcezza! The butter pecan better be available on a consistent basis.

  • I like Pitango better the Dolcezza so I will still go there even if it’s a extra block away. Really though, when I’m feenin for gelato, a $5 pint of Talenti is just fine.

  • I work a few buildings down from this place. There is no way they will be open by the end of the month. I promise they will be sending out a notice in a couple weeks saying permit issues have made us postpone the opening for a month…bet on it!!!

  • lovefifteen

    I’m so excited for this to open. I won’t have to walk all the way to Conn Ave to get gelato now. (I don’t care for Pitango.)

    I seriously hope they get rid of that awful metal fence.

  • Tear down that fence! The fence and the bus shelter have always created a choke point on the sidewalk on P St. there. Tear down that fence!

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