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Dolcezza, a gelato and coffee store with locations in D.C., Fairfax, Va., and Bethesda, Md., is moving into a factory space in Northeast D.C. for its production. In addition to serving coffee and gelato at its four stores, Dolcezza also makes products for local markets, restaurants and grocery stores. (WTOPRachel Nania)
Dolcezza, a gelato and coffee store with locations in D.C., Fairfax, Va., and Bethesda, Md., is moving into a factory space in Northeast D.C. for its production. In addition to serving coffee and gelato at its four stores, Dolcezza also makes products for local markets, restaurants and grocery stores. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
On Dec. 7, Dolcezza opened the doors of its new factory space to the public for a preview. Free gelato and coffee samples were handed out throughout the afternoon. The space will officially open to the public in the spring. (WTOPRachel Nania)
On Dec. 7, Dolcezza opened the doors of its new factory space to the public for a preview. Free gelato and coffee samples were handed out throughout the afternoon. The space will officially open to the public in the spring. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
We were in Georgetown producing in a 300-square-foot kitchen, so we were at max. It was a miracle -- four stores, 100 restaurants, Whole Foods -- so we really needed a bigger space, says Dolcezza owner Violeta Edelman. (WTOPRachel Nania)
"We were in Georgetown producing in a 300-square-foot kitchen, so we were at max. It was a miracle -- four stores, 100 restaurants, Whole Foods -- so we really needed a bigger space," says Dolcezza owner Violeta Edelman. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
Dolcezza sources the ingredients for its gelato flavors from local farmers and producers. Three of its farmers attended Saturdays event. (WTOPRachel Nania)
Dolcezza sources the ingredients for its gelato flavors from local farmers and producers. Three of its farmers attended Saturday's event. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
Toigo Orchards is here with their Gold Rush apples, so we make a Gold Rush apple sorbetto, Edelman says. Also available for tasting was a crookneck pumpkin gelato, Bentons bacon gelato and salted caramel gelato. (WTOPRachel Nania)
"Toigo Orchards is here with their Gold Rush apples, so we make a Gold Rush apple sorbetto," Edelman says. Also available for tasting was a crookneck pumpkin gelato, Benton's bacon gelato and salted caramel gelato. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
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Dolcezzas new space is 4,000 square feet. When the space opens for good in the spring, it will be home to the companys production, a gelato tasting room and a coffee counter. (WTOPRachel Nania)
Dolcezza's new space is 4,000 square feet. When the space opens for good in the spring, it will be home to the company's production, a gelato tasting room and a coffee counter. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
Its basically a huge open warehouse. When you walk in to your left, youll see all of the production equipment, says Bisnow Dining Editor Alia Khan. And then on the right is this beautiful kitchen counter top that theyve created. Its a bar area, and you can just pull up a stool ... and you can taste their gelatos or their coffees and just sort of explore the many flavors they create. (WTOPRachel Nania)
"It's basically a huge open warehouse. When you walk in to your left, you'll see all of the production equipment," says Bisnow Dining Editor Alia Khan. "And then on the right is this beautiful kitchen counter top that they've created. It's a bar area, and you can just pull up a stool ... and you can taste their gelatos or their coffees and just sort of explore the many flavors they create." (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
The tasting area of Dolcezzas factory is a beautiful space within the warehouse, decorated with tiles, crates, stools and lights. (WTOPRachel Nania)
The tasting area of Dolcezza's factory is a beautiful space within the warehouse, decorated with tiles, crates, stools and lights. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
All of the production for Dolcezzas gelato will take place in the new factory at 550 Penn Street in Northeast. (WTOPRachel Nania)
All of the production for Dolcezza's gelato will take place in the new factory at 550 Penn Street in Northeast. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
The 4,000-square-foot factory also contains a small wall of the companys products for sale. (WTOPRachel Nania)
The 4,000-square-foot factory also contains a small wall of the company's products for sale. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
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What is the point of a gelato tasting room, one might ask When you try gelato right after its been made, apparently its a completely different experience. Its much more flavorful, youre able to taste the nuances of the flavor in better detail, Bisnow Dining Editor Alia Khan says. (WTOPRachel Nania)
What is the point of a gelato tasting room, one might ask? "When you try gelato right after it's been made, apparently it's a completely different experience. It's much more flavorful, you're able to taste the nuances of the flavor in better detail," Bisnow Dining Editor Alia Khan says. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
When (gelato) just comes out of the machine, its closer to room temperature and it has this nice, soft texture, Khan says. (WTOPRachel Nania)
"When (gelato) just comes out of the machine, it's closer to room temperature and it has this nice, soft texture," Khan says. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
A Dolcezza employee samples coffee at the preview. (WTOPRachel Nania)
A Dolcezza employee samples coffee at the preview. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
A Dolcezza employee samples coffee at the preview. The pour-over coffee is brewed into a carafe. (WTOPRachel Nania)
A Dolcezza employee samples coffee at the preview. The pour-over coffee is brewed into a carafe. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
A Dolcezza employee samples coffee at the preview. The pour-over coffee is brewed into a carafe. (WTOPRachel Nania) (WTOPRachel Nania)
A Dolcezza employee samples coffee at the preview. The pour-over coffee is brewed into a carafe. (WTOP/Rachel Nania) (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
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A Dolcezza employee samples coffee at the preview. The pour-over coffee is brewed into a carafe. (WTOPRachel Nania) (WTOPRachel Nania)
A Dolcezza employee samples coffee at the preview. The pour-over coffee is brewed into a carafe. (WTOP/Rachel Nania) (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
Dolcezzas new factory space is directly behind Union Market. The buildings large doors and high windows offer customers a clear view of the U.S. Capitol. (WTOPRachel Nania)
Dolcezza's new factory space is directly behind Union Market. The building's large doors and high windows offer customers a clear view of the U.S. Capitol. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
The gelato-and coffee-tasting bar will be open to the public in the spring. Until then, the space is available to rent for special events. (WTOPRachel Nania)
The gelato-and coffee-tasting bar will be open to the public in the spring. Until then, the space is available to rent for special events. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
Crowds gathered on Dec. 7 to sample some of Dolcezzas local and seasonal gelato flavors at the new factory space. (WTOPRachel Nania)
Crowds gathered on Dec. 7 to sample some of Dolcezza's local and seasonal gelato flavors at the new factory space. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
Dolcezza sampled its local and seasonal gelato flavors at the new factory space. (WTOPRachel Nania)
Dolcezza sampled its local and seasonal gelato flavors at the new factory space. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
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When (gelato) just comes out of the machine, its closer to room temperature and it has this nice, soft texture, Bisnow Dining Editor Alia Khan says. (WTOPRachel Nania)
"When (gelato) just comes out of the machine, it's closer to room temperature and it has this nice, soft texture," Bisnow Dining Editor Alia Khan says. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
After it comes out of the machine, the gelato has to be tempered in order to stand up to its scooping process. So by the time it gets to the store, its been cooled down to a temperature that is pretty much rock hard. So the cool temperature and the hard texture mean the flavors get a little bit masked. But when youre having it fresh out of the gelato machine, its softer, its warmer, those flavors really sing to you, Khan says. (WTOPRachel Nania)
"After it comes out of the machine, the gelato has to be tempered in order to stand up to its scooping process. So by the time it gets to the store, it's been cooled down to a temperature that is pretty much rock hard. So the cool temperature and the hard texture mean the flavors get a little bit masked. But when you're having it fresh out of the gelato machine, it's softer, it's warmer, those flavors really sing to you," Khan says. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
A Dolcezza employee purees ingredients for one of Dolcezzas gelato flavors. Before moving into the new space, Dolcezza was doing all of its production in a 300-square-foot space in Georgetown. Customers will also be able to taste Dolcezzas fresh gelato at the new factory space. (WTOPRachel Nania)
A Dolcezza employee purees ingredients for one of Dolcezza's gelato flavors. Before moving into the new space, Dolcezza was doing all of its production in a 300-square-foot space in Georgetown. Customers will also be able to taste Dolcezza's fresh gelato at the new factory space. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
A sample of Dolcezzas salted caramel gelato is handed out at the preview on Dec. 7. (WTOPRachel Nania)
A sample of Dolcezza's salted caramel gelato is handed out at the preview on Dec. 7. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
A sample of Dolcezzas salted caramel gelato is offered at the preview opening. (WTOPRachel Nania)
A sample of Dolcezza's salted caramel gelato is offered at the preview opening. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
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Information on the coffee being served at Dolcezzas coffee bar is made available to customers. (WTOPRachel Nania)
Information on the coffee being served at Dolcezza's coffee bar is made available to customers. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
The new 4,000-square-foot space is located at 550 Penn Street in Northeast. (WTOPRachel Nania)
The new 4,000-square-foot space is located at 550 Penn Street in Northeast. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
The new 4,000-square-foot space is located at 550 Penn Street in Northeast. (WTOPRachel Nania)
The new 4,000-square-foot space is located at 550 Penn Street in Northeast. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
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