Dolce Neve, Austin’s first and only traditional Italian gelato shop, is serving up a cool Sicilian treat, just in time to beat the burgeoning Central Texas heat this spring. Along with the shop’s rotating daily gelato flavors — made with locally sourced seasonal ingredients, fresh, organic, local milk and no artificial flavorings, preservatives or thickeners — Dolce Neve is now featuring several flavors of handcrafted granita for a limited time, beginning Friday, May 2nd.

A delicate semi-frozen dessert, granita is a Sicilian classic, made simply from sugar, water and natural flavorings. Americans might recognize granita as something similar to sorbet, but this subtly sweet treat, which is lower in sugar content and served at a higher temperature, is completely unique and the perfect light dessert on a warm, sunny afternoon in Sicily or in Austin.

portrait[1]Made with the same attention to detail and Italian specifications as Dolce Neve’s all-natural gelato, the shop’s rotating granita offerings include the classic Organic Almond;Poteet Strawberry, highlighting fresh, local strawberries from Poteet, Texas;BlackberrySan Saba Pecan, packed with nuts from the regional family-owned pecan farm; Organic CoffeeChocolateMeyer Lemon; and refreshing Mint. Each granita serving is also available to be topped with a dollop of fresh-made organic whipping cream.

Dolce Neve is located at 1713 S. First St., and features 18 rotating flavors of handcrafted Italian-style gelato made with seasonal, local products. Many gelato offerings are vegan and made with rice milk instead of soy milk. Additional Dolce Neve offerings include gelato sandwiches, gelato on a stick, frozen Italian desserts and granita. Dolce Neve is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., andSaturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to midnight. For more information about Dolce Neve and its handcrafted granita flavors, call (512) 804-5568, or           

Photo by Courtney Pierce

Photo by Courtney Pierce


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