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Dolcenero Soon Churning Fresh Gelato on Main Street Santa Monica

Touting seasonal and high-quality ingredients, it'll give Grom some competition.

Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

There's been a major ice cream boom in Los Angeles over the past few years, but gelato's been lagging behind. Dolcenero is hoping to change that when it soft opens March 7 on Main Street Santa Monica serving top-flight gelato handcrafted in the authentic Italian way churned fresh using local, seasonal ingredients. When it opens, it'll be the only place where people can actually see the gelato being churned on site, something that doesn't exist currently on the Westside.

Founders Simone Acciai, Nicola Cambuli, and Francesca Mallus all hail from Florence and Sardinia, and they'll be using fresh cream, sugar, eggs, Piedmont hazelnuts, Sicilian pistachios, and high-grade fruit to flavor their creations. Don't expect to see any super bright, artificial colors here either, because everything will be all natural.

Dolcenero
2400 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA

Update: An earlier edition of those article said soft opening was on February 27. Flacks have notified Eater that this date has been adjusted to March 7.