FDDC - May 2015

Cold Comfort

Nevin Martell 2015-05-06 00:45:25

These new scoop shops are serving up artisanal ice cream in innovative flavors. DOLCI GELATI Gelato genius Gianluigi Dellaccio has over 400 recipes in his arsenal, including ricotta cheese with Marsala winepoached dates and chocolate jalapeno. “It’s fun for me to come up with interesting new flavors,” he says. “It allows me to flex my creative muscles.” Every week, he churns out more than a ton of the Italian favorite at his dainty Shaw gelateria. 1420 Eighth St. NW, 202. 518.1287, dolcigelati.net ICE CREAM JUBILEE This fashionable Navy Yard ice cream parlor is presided over by Homeland Security lawyerturned- scoop maven Victoria Lai. She fills the cases daily with 16 to 20 flavors, including banana bourbon caramel and Thai iced tea. Or you can get a Sundae Box to go, packed with pints, cones, chocolate walnut cookies, sauces and sprinkles. “Getting one is like opening a present, but it’s that much better because it’s ice cream!” says Lai. 301 Water St. SE, 202.863.0727, icecreamjubilee.com GOODIES FROZEN CUSTARD & TREATS There’s ice cream and then there’s frozen custard. “It’s churned slower, so it has less air in it,” explains owner Brandon Byrd. “That makes it extra creamy and supersmooth.” The red, white and baby blue retro-vibed scoop shot at National Harbor offers just one flavor: vanilla bean. Gussy it up with toppings galore or get a float bubbling with root beer, Coke, orange, cranberry or grape soda. 150 American Way, Oxon Hill, Md., 202.630.6455, facebook.com/mmmgoodies NICECREAM FACTORY You’ve never had ice cream quite like this. It’s made-to-order at this Arlington creamery using the frosty power of liquid nitrogen, which creates an eye-popping puff of vapor. “People wonder what the heck is happening,” says owner Sandra Tran. “They’re clearly wondering what it’s going to taste like.” The delicious results come in six rotating flavors, such as strawberry basil, caramel pretzel and chocolate sea salt. 2831 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703.908.0225, nicecreamfactory.com MILK CULT “We try to create flavors that are interesting and make people scratch their heads, but aren’t weird just for the sake of being weird,” says Milk Cult co-founder Patrick Griffith. That means you might stack your cone at this freshly minted NoMa neighborhood scoopery with orbs of buttermilk lemon zest with molasses-ginger swirl, or with Bangkok Brothel (coconut milk, Thai basil, cilantro, chiles and black sesame). 85 Hanover Place NW, 202.596.9174, milkcultdc.com

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