Where is the best ice cream in Washington D.C.?

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Mary Beth Albright

Dolcezza Artisanal Gelato is a DC company with a cult-like following. New for summer: Dolcezza’s soft-serve gelato maker, DC’s first, which makes the best ice cream sundae imaginable at its Dupont Circle location. Consider the DDL Sundae, a cup swirled high with dulce de leche gelato (blackberry is another seasonal flavor), homemade meringue, local-strawberry jam, and Valrhona chocolate brownies.

Using local milk and seasonal ingredients, Dolcezza's take on ice cream is a trip to Nirvana. Their gelato makers have a chef's eye for ingredients, like the Sicilian Blood Orange Sorbetto made with that special Italian fruit or the Valrhona Chocolate Gelato, using the special French luxury chocolate. I've been know to order their Valrhona hot chocolate in July, for the thick, pudding-like drink that is 70% chocolate (as it was made in 1920s France). If sweet isn't your thing, Dolcezza serves an amazing cappuccino.

With four area stores and stands at several farmers' markets, Dolcezza reigns as a top DC frozen treat.

McLean Robbins

In Washington’s unbearably hot summer months, the cool taste of an ice cream cone is sometimes the only thing that can lure us out of the air conditioning. When we bypass our ice cream maker for a store-bought scoop, there are only three places we’d go – and one is technically a gelato joint.

Trickling Springs Creamery
Located in Union Market, the shakes, malts and cones from Trickling Springs are unique in that they use milk and dairy products from the farm’s own cows. We love light summer flavors like Lemon Chiffon or decadent Butterscotch Toffee Parfait as well as your standard Vanilla and Chocolate.

Larry’s Homemade Ice Cream
When it comes to homemade ice cream, few do it better than Larry’s, which offers locations in Dupont, Crystal City and Clarendon. We like nothing better than the salted caramel when it’s available, although flavors like Green Tea, Cleopatra (coconut and date) and Crème de Menthe Chocolate Chip are pretty delicious too.

Dolcezza Gelato
This local gelateria is the closest thing one can get to Italy in DC. Serving up seasonal, artisanal and locally-inspired flavors, this sweet treat is sure to please everyone from young to old. Look for Dolcezza in Dupont, Georgetown and Bethesda, as well as at local farmer’s markets.

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