Cool for the summer: The 4 best spots to score gelato in Washington

Got a hankering for gelato?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top gelato spots in Washington, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to meet your needs.

1. Pitango Gelato

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Topping the list is Pitango Gelato. Located at 413 7th St. NW in Penn Quarter, this spot for the frozen delight is the highest rated gelato spot in Washington, boasting four stars out of 766 reviews on Yelp. Visitors love the freshness of ingredients and that it's locally owned, but beware long lines at the height of tourist season.

2. Dolcezza

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Next up is Dupont Circle's Dolcezza, situated at 1704 Connecticut Ave. NW (between R St. & S St). Also with four stars (from 517 reviews), Dolcezza fans praise the creative flavors, cozy atmosphere, and the coffee from Brooklyn's Sey Coffee Roasters. This local shop produces gelato by hand at a lab near Union Market, and devotees can find Dolcezza at nine additional locations.

3. Dolci Gelati Cafe

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Shaw's Dolci Gelati Cafe, located at 1420 8th St. NW (between P St. & O St.), is another top choice, with Yelpers giving this effort 4.5 stars out of 154 reviews. Started by actual Italian Gianluigi Dellaccio, this local purveyor is known for its wide selection, including numerous vegan gelato options and non-gelato treats like popsicles ice cream sandwiches. Dolci Gelati also has locations in Takoma Park and Old Town Alexandria.

4. Campono

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And then there's Campono, a Foggy Bottom favorite with four stars out of 121 reviews. Stop by 600 New Hampshire Ave. NW to hit up this cafe, which offers house-made gelato alongside pizzas, paninis and more. Its location near the Kennedy Center makes Campono a favorite of arts lovers who appreciate its fast service and wide selection of gelati.