The Inside Scoop on Dolci Gelati
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Dolci Gelati Gelatiere/CEO, Gianluigi Dellaccio with CiaoDC.com Publisher/Creative Director, Alyssa Ciccone. From left to right, Tiramisu Gelato; Peach Gelato; and
Dolci Gelati original Lemon Basil.
About Gelatiere:  Gianluigi Dellaccio

Gianluigi is originally from Naples, Italy and has lived in Washington, DC for quite some time. Gianluigi has been highly acclaimed throughout the Washington area for his highly-skilled and innovative desserts.  Gianluigi’s experience includes time at the Ritz Carlton and he also worked as head pastry chef at Galileo restaurant. Gianluigi has experience in producing his desserts not only for restaurants, but also for large catered events, cooking classes, and even a fundraiser for the Tsunami disaster, which he helped organize with other rising star chefs in DC. 

Gianluigi currently owns Dolci Gelati, an Italian artisan Gelato company based in DC. Dolci Gelati distributes gelato to various restaurants, catering companies and even has a major presence at the National Zoo. Dolci Gelati has also recently become a vendor to US Foods.

The Origin of Gelato

Gelato is Italian ice cream made from milk and sugar, combined with other flavorings. “Gelato” is an Italian word for “frozen” and comes from the Italian word gelare, meaning “to freeze”. Gelato made with water and without dairy ingredients is also known as sorbetto.

Traditionally, milk-based gelato originated in Northern Italy, while the fruit-and-water based sorbetto came from the warmer parts of Southern Italy. American-style ice creams contain more butterfat than gelato. Gelato is also served from a different freezer than American style ice cream—a forced air freezer—which is usually held at about -15°C (0–6°F). This allows the gelato to be served immediately after being extruded from the gelato machine—the “forced air” that blows around holds the product at a consistent temperature. Since gelato generally has less than 35% air, the resulting product is dense and extremely flavorful.

Where to find Dolci Gelati in Washington, DC

Smithsonian National Zoological Park
3001 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC  20008

Dolci Gelati Hours:
10:00am–5:00pm
Directions to the Zoo

Dean & Deluca Georgetown, Inc.
3276 M St NW, Washington, DC  20007
Telephone: 202-342-2500
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Thu, 10am–8pm, Fri-Sat 10am–9pm, Sun 10am–8pm