Former AJC dining critic Meridith Ford opens her Decatur gelato shop Cremalosa this Friday, February 21. The shop, located at the Cortland Decatur East development across from the Avondale MARTA station, serves nearly a dozen gelato flavors, ranging from malted milk ball and stracciatella and pistachio to banana pudding and hummingbird cake.
In addition to its rotating selection of gelato, the menu also includes sorbet, gelato popsicles and cakes, and a dark chocolate fudge brownie sundae. Cremalosa will eventually serve boozy shakes, like “the Elvis” made with banana pudding gelato, peanut butter, bourbon whiskey, vanilla wafers, and whipped cream topped with bacon, alcohol-infused affogatos as well as beer and wines by the glass and bottle.
Cremalosa includes high-top window seating inside and additional seating on the patio, overlooking a green space just off of the Stone Mountain bike trail. The shop uses compostable silverware and plans to sell reusable straws in the future. People who return to the shop with the straws receive a ten-percent discount.
Ford began her career as a pastry chef and taught at her alma mater, Johnson and Wales University. She served as the dining critic for both the Providence Journal and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC), where she was nominated for a James Beard award for food criticism. In 2010, Ford left the AJC to work as a pastry chef at Sotto Sotto, Fritti, Escorpion, and Novo Cucina. She helped create Novo Cucina’s gelatos.
Open Wednesday, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
2657 E. College Avenue, Suite B-3, Decatur. cremalosa.com.