Warmer months are finally coming to the Main Line—and when the sun’s out, nothing beats a cold, sweet treat. Luckily, West Chester is home to a couple of locally-owned ice cream shops to satisfy your cravings.
Read on to get the scoop on our top choices for authentic Italian gelato in West Chester!
A trip to Rome inspired Glenn and Kristin D’Ascenzo to start creating Italian-style gelato back home outside of Philadelphia. They started creating small batches of gelato on a daily basis, selling it at Chestnut Hills farmer’s markets, festivals, and street fairs.
It didn’t take long for demand to outpace what the mobile cart could keep up with, so D’Ascenzo’s Gelato opened its West Chester storefront in 2011. This gelato shop continues to craft each pan of gelato daily. You can choose from 24 daily flavors, which often include favorites such as:
- Milk and honey
- Dark chocolate
- Limoncello sorbet
Each gelato starts with local, grass-fed milk from West Chester’s own Baily’s Dairy at Pocopson Meadow Farms. D’Ascenzo’s Gelato sources local, seasonal fruits and high-quality ingredients to flavor its treats. Plus, dairy-free customers can even find vegan gelato and sorbets at this Gay Street ice cream shop.
Chef Vincenzo was born and raised in Ferrara, Italy. After moving to the Main Line, he wanted to bring authentic, artisanal gelato to West Chester—so he opened Gemelli Gelato in 2014. Head to Market Street to enjoy the daily selection of gelato, unique desserts, and handcrafted drinks.
The flavors at Gemelli range from regional Italian specialties to American-inspired varieties. Vincenzo strives to use ingredients that are in season for the freshest taste, so then you’ll find a lot of seasonal specialties. Some favorites include:
- Sea salt & caramel
- Sicilian cannoli
Can’t pick just one? Go ahead and get a gelato flight! You can also order gelato milkshakes and sandwiches. Almond milk-based vegan options are also available. Everything is created from scratch daily, using organic dairy and produce from Pennsylvania farms.
Treat Yourself Today!
Looking for a casual date night or treating yourself on a job well done? No matter what the reason, check out the top locally-owned ice cream in West Chester. You’ll be glad you did.