Inspired by their first trip to Rome in 1999, where they first enjoyed gelato at the famous Gelateria Monteforte Sas di Monteforte Giuseppina across from the Pantheon, Glenn and Kristin D’Ascenzo decided the Italian gourmet treat should be offered to the states. As soon as they returned home to the Philadelphia area, they set about creating their own gelato, and in October of 2004, D’Ascenzo’s Gelato officially began serving customers in Chestnut Hill, PA at a farmer’s market and at local street fairs and festivals.
But, with gelato that good, it was hard to satisfy demand working part time out of a farmer’s market and mobile cart so to keep up with their growing popularity, D’Ascenzo’s Gelato relocated to the heart of West Chester, PA in 2011, opening their doors at 132 East Gay Street that April.
Today D’Ascenzo’s still use only the finest ingredients. Glenn selects local, seasonal fruits and berries along with the highest quality nuts, chocolate, vanilla, and coffees available. D’Ascenzo’s work with a West Chester dairy farm, Bailys of Pocopson to deliver 100% natural milk from grass-fed, hormone-free cows. Each pan of gelato is crafted daily in small, individual batches right in their West Chester gelateria.
With a focus on freshness, quality and authenticity, D’Ascenzo’s has crafted a gelato that rivals any found ‘round the world. So, when you take a seat on their patio in West Chester with a cup of gelato in your hand, you can almost imagine the great columns of the Pantheon rising up before you, just the way Glenn and Kristin intended it.