Owner: Michael Christner
When Michael and his wife Kimberly moved to Cincinnati from Austin, Texas, he discovered that Cincinnati was lacking an authentic Italian-style ice cream shop. Michael opened Dojo Gelato in the summer of 2009 at historic Findlay Market, in Over-the-Rhine, fulfilling a lifelong dream to create his own independent ice cream shop where focus was placed on freshness and quality, not quantity.
Michael studied traditional gelato techniques with Italian pastry masters in New York City, as well as attended Penn State’s legendary Ice Cream Short Course at the Berkey Creamery. Dojo is known for its fresh gelati, creative flavors, and dedication to providing guests with unique ice cream and coffee experiences. We create authentic Italian-style ice creams and sorbetti in our Northside kitchen every day in small batches. We use fresh ingredients, including growth-hormone-free milk from Ohio and, whenever possible, produce from local farmers. We never use any artificial flavorings or extracts in the creation of our gelati.