After the rainy weeks we had, many of us were begging for sunshine. Now that it’s out and blazing, I almost miss the continuous rain.
Luckily, we have ice cream options aplenty to keep us cool, especially from Dolce Neve Gelato. Both its gelato and sorbet are home run treats.
When I dropped by the shop recently, I knew I wanted to try multiple flavors and would be sharing, so I ordered two to-go pints, which come with up to three flavors in each. A to-go quart allows patrons to choose up to four flavors.
In one pint I ordered the fruitier or more interesting sounding flavors — Mascarpone and Matcha, Fromage Blanc and Blueberry, and Peach Sorbet. In the other one I ordered Organic Hazelnut, Salted Caramel and Stacciatella.
The Styrofoam pints were wrapped in plastic wrap for easier travel. I had brought a little cooler to keep them in as I drove home and they held up pretty well.
Mascarpone, a type of Italian cream cheese, with matcha, a finely ground powder of green tea, was pretty creamy. I’m not a huge fan of matcha, but I think the mascarpone really helped to tone down the earthy flavor of it and I found myself enjoying it more than I thought I would.
The Fromage Blanc and Blueberry was quickly one of my favorites. Fromage Blanc, a type of cheese, didn’t add a “cheesy” flavor to the blueberry. Instead it gave it a thick and creamy texture with more of a milky taste. Little pieces of blueberry were also mixed in.
But my absolute favorite in this pint was the Peach Sorbet. Maybe it’s because peaches are in peak season and I’ve had them in my fruit basket consistently for two weeks, but this sorbet was the most perfect I’ve ever tasted. It was like biting into a perfectly ripe peach, only it’s ice cream.
The sorbet was sweet, but no sweeter than you'd expect an actual peach to be, and because of that I could tell good quality fruit was used in making it.
In the next pint, I struggled to find a favorite between the Organic Hazelnut and Stacciatella, which is just a simple cream gelato with chocolate chips. I also like adding a bit of both to my spoon. While I liked the hazelnut one, others in my family had the opposite reaction. So, I recommend it to people who genuinely like hazelnuts (not just Nutella). It’s a very strong flavor and if you just think you like the taste and not actually the nut, you might not enjoy it.
The Stacciatella was, of course, creamy and with the addition of the chocolate chips, it made it the ideal selection for a simple-in-flavor gelato that was still great-tasting.
The Salted Caramel may have to be left off the favorite category, but it doesn’t mean I didn’t like it. It’s very rich and the caramel explodes on the tongue. But I liked it in small quantities and don’t think I’d be able to down a whole scoop.
Dolce Neve also rotates its menu, so go grab some Peach Sorbet while it’s still there.
Address: 4721 N. Main St.
Hours: 1-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 1-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday
Pricing: $4.95-$7.75 for personal servings, $13.25-$22.50 for to-go containers
Healthy options: Yes
Star of the show: Peach Sorbet