Like magma and dreams, gelato is a semisolid—neither solid enough to build a house upon nor liquid enough to feed to a thirsty sparrow. Savor gelato's delicious duality with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of gelato, crêpes, wraps, coffee, and other European-inspired treats at Melt Cafe and Gelato Bar in Rockville.
Melt Cafe and Gelato Bar slakes sweet-tooth suspirations thanks to a menu stocked with hearty small bites and more than 30 stand-alone flavors of Italian-style gelato. Crafted from high-quality ingredients, Melt's gelato derives its flavor from its density rather than fat, which results in a healthier, lower-calorie alternative to ice cream and plates of butter. Sample the gelato by the cup ($4.95 for a grande) or halt hunger with other edibles, such as the savory Andalusian crêpe—a flavorful slumber party of avocado, spinach, tomato, and cheese tightly wrapped in a thin sleeping bag of griddle-cooked batter ($6.95)—or the Tuscan chicken pesto, tucked into a warm, crispy panini crust ($6.75). Meanwhile, lips puckered from whistling orchestral Jock Jams can kiss an asparagus, blue-cheese, and pine-nut tart ($4.95), and a sweetly folded banana-caramel crêpe ($5.50) pairs swimmingly with a molto-sized cup of freshly brewed coffee ($1.50).
Melt Cafe and Gelato Bar
Melt Cafe and Gelato Bar grounds its recipes and preparation techniques in Italian tradition, creating desserts that are low in both fat and calories. The franchise encompasses brick-and-mortar storefronts and kiosks across five states. In each, staffers craft the classic whipped Italian ice cream, gelato, in more than 30 flavors such as cappuccino, pistachio, and swiss chocolate. Dessert cups also brim with silky-soft sorbetto, which is made entirely from sugar and fresh fruits. Though Melt focuses on frozen treats, it also lives up to the café portion of its name with hearty panini sandwiches and sweet or savory crepes. Tuscan-style espresso and drip coffee wash down bites of food and give you the energy to finish that screenplay about the lost dog who, by finding his owner, also finds himself.