Dolcezza? What is that? It may sound like the name of a mysterious Italian popstar, but don’t be fooled…Dolcezza is a foodie’s treasure right here in DC. Marketing themselves as “Artisanal Gelato,” the coffee and gelato shop has an underrated atmosphere and offers a nice respite from your average Starbucks.

I had my most recent Dolcezza experience in Bethesda. The shop had music playing that you would listen to when meditating or doing yoga, but you’re actually experiencing above average coffee and/or gelato.

The décor is nice. The walls are white and the ceiling and marble counter makes customers feel prestigious in a good way. You may feel like you’re in a foreign country, being transported away. You could go with a friend but you honestly might enjoy the company of yourself better if you have some time to kill. It’s a nice place to simply sip a cup of coffee, take in the atmosphere and reflect on your day.

Now onto the good stuff: the actual coffee. I ordered a skim cappuccino and was happily satisfied. It had a strong milky texture, and I hate to say it, but I know it would be better with a little cookie on the side. They should learn from the Europeans.

When it’s cold out, aka every day recently, settle for their thick and rich hot chocolate. But beware, it literally transports you to a level of chocolate that you may not know existed. Simply wonderful.

If you’re not a coffee person, become one, and if you don’t like gelato, you’re crazy.

Dolcezza has three separate locations, convenient if you’re in the Georgetown, Bethesda, or Dupont Circle areas.

For more information, check out their website or follow them on Twitter.

Written by FamousDC contributor Erica Finkelstein.