It’s warm weather here, which means it’s time for a Tour del Gelato stop. When I moved back to Washington, DC, I was concerned about the dearth of gelato that I remembered from living here, especially since in New York I had the Laboratorio del Gelato, and Ciao Bella, and Grom. I knew I would miss the Laboratorio for its complex flavors (think honey lavender and black mission fig) but what I missed the most was Grom’s authentic flavors and textures.
Fortunately, Pitango Gelato just opened a couple of blocks from where I live, between Dupont Circle and Logan Circle. It’s at 1451 P Street Northwest, between 14th and 15th, across the street from the P Street Whole Foods.
Pitango was supposed to open in April, but things got delayed by several weeks. This is particularly unfortunate, because in that 6 week delay, I ended up on a non-dairy diet for various health reasons – but that’s not the important thing today. The important thing is that this is absolutely delicious, authentic, quality gelato, made with organic ingredients and grass-fed milk. When I walked in, I was immediately impressed with the fact the gelato was covered in individual containers. That is usually a good sign in terms of the temperature of the gelato being cold yet allowing the gelato to have that unique soft texture. The spoons being handed out were also appopriately tiny. I immediately had a good feeling about the authenticity of the place.
While I couldn’t order my own cup of gelato (boo!), I brought along my designated taster, aka husband, who had a cup of Bourbon Vanilla and Pistachio. I did take very tiny tastes of both, along with a sample of Hazelnut – Pitango, by the way, was very generous with samples. I have to say – I was pretty blown away. The quality rivals Grom’s, hands-down. And, because the milk used in the gelato is grass-fed, the flavor has that rich depth of my favorite ice cream store in Brooklyn, Blue Marble.
Really, the place is a win-win. And local peeps, please go often and keep it in business, so that whenever I do get to eat gelato again, Pitango on P Street is there waiting. Click here for hours and directions for the Washington, DC location as well as for other store locations in Baltimore, MD and Reston, VA.
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