Gelato comes to the Oregon District

[Updated/ 12/07] When I was 16 my parents took me to Europe. We flew into Zagreb- in what was once the very Communist country of Yugoslavia, then to Northern Italy, Austria and finally a week at a resort on the Adriatic.

I fell in love twice on that trip- once with the gelato they sold on the streets of Trieste, and the second time with Elizabeth Wiltschegg- the most beautiful woman in the world. Elizabeth and I corresponded daily for two years- and then the realization of distance and cultures had us go our separate ways.

But, my love of gelato has never left me, and until tonight, my love has been unrequited- but, thanks to a college friend, Eric Opperman, and his wife Jules- I got to fall in love all over again- Dolcessa has come to Dayton- and they make gelato- wonderfully, smooth, creamy, tasty Italian style ice cream.

The melt in your mouth, silky smooth gelato is worth the trip- but they are also serving Panini sandwiches and gourmet coffee.

Their website isn’t up yet {15 Mar 07 it’s up} , www.dolcessa.com so here is what you need to know:

510 E. 5th Street, just to the West of the old Blue Moon location. Open Mon through Thursday 11am to 7pm [hours in February] and later on Friday and Saturdays. Closed on Sundays. Phone is 937-654-5855. They don’t take plastic- so bring cash, or prepare to walk over to the Trolley Stop to use their ATM.

They are moving to Brown Street- across from Burger King. It will be March 08 before they reopen. 

Prices for the gelato are $3.25 for two flavors, $3.75 for 3 and $4.25 for 4. Paninis are $5.99 [Prices  now  range between $5.49 and $6.99]

Eric and Jules are living and working downtown- and doing their part to make Dayton a great place to live. Go in and try some of their gelato- and find out what it’s like to fall in love at first bite.

If you stop in- tell them you read about them here. It’s a small experiment.

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