The first round in what hungry historians will one day describe as the Roscoe Village Gelato Wars has gone to Jessica Oloroso’s Black Dog Gelato. Her new store at 1955 W. Belmont Ave., an address most recently inhabited by Bleeding Heart Bakery, opened to little fanfare but many customers on May 22.
Since confirming her plans for a second Black Dog back in March, Oloroso has been in a race with the Paciugo chain (coming soon to 2009 W. Roscoe St.) to be first to win the hearts and appetites of the neighborhood’s gelato fans. Black Dog’s original store in Ukrainian Village opened two years ago and earned raves from foodies for its unique flavors like Mexican hot chocolate (with notes of cinnamon and cayenne) and goat cheese cashew caramel. Oloroso, the former pastry chef at Scylla, later expanded to cakes and sodas.
The Belmont location sells Black Dog’s signature flavors as well as more traditional offerings such as Nutella gelato and watermelon ice. Employees say they’re still working out the best hours of operation, but expect to open most days at 10 a.m. to serve the coffee crowd and plan to stay open until 11 p.m. All business is cash-only for now, but other forms of payment will be accepted soon.