Down The Street Treats (S 1st St Edition) – Dolce Neve

Back in 2010, I went on a summer trip to Europe with my family (which still remains one of my favorite trips ever), and it was that trip where I first discovered that my not-so-secret love of ice cream extends all the way to Italian and its classic treat, gelato.

Unfortunately, once you get back into the States, gelato (and I mean the authentic Italian kind of gelato) is hard to come by, particularly in Texas where we have our TexMex down to a science. Italian desserts, however, are another story entirely, so I was intrigued and excited when I saw the Dolce Neve sign pop up just a few short blocks from my apartment. I could hardly contain my excitement that after all this time, there was potential for a satisfying reunion with my long-lost Italian love. Week after week I drove by that sign just to see if it became something more, and after what seemed like months of impatient waiting, Dolce Neve finally opened its doors last month.

Down The Street - Dolce Neve Austin

I’m not kidding when I say that walking into that little storefront on S. 1st instantly transported me back to Italy, where I shared my first cup of gelato with my mom and brother nearly four years ago. This place is as close to the real thing as you can get down in Texas!

The interior is simple and classic, and makes you feel right at home – seriously, like you are sitting in a fancier version of your kitchen, or in my case, a little gelateria in Italy. Dolce Neve’s owners – Francesca, Leo, and Marco – are as friendly as can be; they actually took the time to talk with me, and were there not a growing line of people behind me, I could have stayed and chatted with them for hours. And the gelato (holy moly, the gelato) was rich and creamy, yet incredibly light, and packed with flavor.

Down The Street - Dolce Neve Austin

Dolce Neve chooses to make only 20 flavors so that they can maintain a quality hand-made treat that stays true to its roots, and you know what? There wasn’t a single flavor that didn’t catch my eye!  I was encouraged to try as many as my little heart desired (does it surprise anyone that I tasted five?) but I settled on just two: Crema Dolce Neve and Tiramisu. The Tiramisu was exactly as you would expect – a perfect replica of tiramisu cake in gelato form –  but I wasn’t so sure what to expect when I tried the Crema Dolce Neve. What I got was a delicious lemony cream, sweet with just a subtle hint of lemon tart that made me want to eat an entire tub.

Down The Street - Dolce Neve Austin

If my inner fat kid got the best of me, I would have stayed in that shop all day, eating one scoop of every flavor. Luckily I managed to resist that temptation. Plus, not eating all the flavors at once just means I have an excuse to go back time and time again (not that I actually need an excuse to walk back through those doors).

Really though, I’m just thanking my lucky stars that Dolce Neve landed so close to my home – its memory-inducing treats and cozy atmosphere made it an obvious choice for Down The Street, and an instant winner in my heart.

Down The Street - Dolce Neve Austin

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