It all started in 1984 in South Africa when Rob Gibson first fell in love with Italian Gelato. He learned to make the creamy ice cream and helped to establish the largest chain of Ice Cream parlours in South Africa. Gelato (from the Latin, gelatus; meaning frozen) is a soft ice cream that is made from cream, milk, and sugar and contains little or no air and has no artificial flavourings, palm oil or whey powder.
Since arriving in the U.K he has had the dream of opening a factory and parlour producing ice cream in the Italian style, using locally sourced ingredients. In March 2013 Dolcetti Ice Cream Company opened their doors to a flavour sensation.
Based in Cirencester, this family run business is supplying local caterers, hotels, pubs and restaurants, as well as providing a “parlour” for the general public to be able to enjoy the products and to observe the production through the huge viewing window onto the lab. As well as 24 flavours of gelato, sorbets, and yoghurt ice cream to choose from, there are also milkshakes and various Dolcetti Delights (parfaits in a glass) on offer. Unique to Dolcetti is a range of ice cream cakes (though no cake in the cakes!), including made-to-order celebration cakes with your own choice of flavour combinations.
Milk and cream sourced from a local dairy farm is pasteurised on site in the factory to ensure that quality and food safety consistency are always maintained. Each batch of ice cream is handmade with care and attention, ensuring the Artisan nature of the final products. Rob insists that all flavours and real local fruit from Hereford are of the highest standard and is strictly opposed to using any artificial additives. Palm Oil, Whey Powder, artificial flavourings and ground nuts are all banned in the production process. It is this commitment to quality that results in the creamy texture and intense flavours that Dolcetti Gelato has already become well-known for.
Dolcetti also offers a range of fruit sorbets sourcing the fruit from Hereford, Somerset and India. All of the sorbets have at least 60% pure fruit, and the flavour selection varies according to the season. A new Vegan gelato is also available made form Coconut Milk and this product together with the Sorbets is ideal for lactose intolerant customers.
Dolcetti is actively involved in local public events and festivals with it’s exhibition trailer and also supplies delicious gelato to private celebrations and weddings from it’s traditional ice cream bike.
With quality being the most important mantra in the business along with locally sourced ingredients, the Dolcetti slogan “Cow to Cone in a Day” is perfectly applicable.