Five to Try: Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt Shops

Food, What's New — By Torie Castiello on May 25, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Summer in DC is pretty hot and steamy – don’t forget, the city used to be a swamp – so locals are always looking for ways (however fleeting) to cool off.  Like eating ice cream, for example. Is there any better excuse than summertime for stuffing one’s face with a scoop or two of frozen deliciousness? Here are some of the area’s best places to satisfy your craving for ice cream or frozen yogurt.

Mr. Yogato. Photo credit: jsmjr, flickr.

Pitango – This corner gelateria is the perfect compliment to Logan Circle’s growing list of trendy bars and eateries. On any given evening, you’ll find people queuing up for a cup of Pitango’s locally sourced gelato, created according to strictly traditional gelato-making standards. Enjoy Italian classics like gianduja (chocolate hazelnut) or crema. You can get great coffee here too.

The Dairy Godmother – If you’ve read this blog, you know the Del Ray custard parlor is a Nile Guide favorite. Wisconsin native Liz Davis takes her custard making seriously so that the rest of us can just sit back and enjoy it. The shop lists its current flavors on its website.

Dolcezza Georgetown – Located on the outskirts of Georgetown, this spot specializes in Argentinian (rather than Italian) gelato. What’s the difference? Can’t say that we know offhand, but the website goes into some detail – and hey, we’re not complaining either way. There is an abundance of flavors here, both gelato and sorbet, and the staff is super friendly. You can justify your calorie splurge by walking it off down in Georgetown afterward.

Dolcezza Bethesda Row – Okay, so this is part of the same chain as the above Georgetown branch.  But you owe it to yourself to visit the cute area of downtown Bethesda where this gelato shop is located; it’s a car-free promenade filled with funky shops and restaurants. Get yourself a creamy treat and stroll around.

Mr Yogato – Part of the relatively recent trend of healthy yogurt venues this U Street corridor shop serves its signature original “healthy, tart” yogurt concotions to hungry masses, as well as close to two dozen other fat-free flavors on a rotating basis.  But the best part about this shop is its sense of humor: witness the “Rules of Yogato” (how cool would it be to have a flavor named after yourself?).