where american and artigianale meet
Welcome to Cremalosa: handmade, artisanal gelato, spun in small batches every day, with the expertise of Italian technique from Owner-Operator and local food writer Meridith Ford. At Cremalosa, she brings a special touch to age-old Italian methods, creating sweet frozen treats of powerful American flavors inspired by the Southern cakes, cookies and candy bars she grew up with. Grab the pooch, your kids, your main squeeze, the in-laws - heck, bring the whole family! Cremalosa is located on the plaza level of Cortland Decatur East, a new mixed-use development on East College Avenue in Decatur where you can walk, bike (the Stone Mountain Bike Path is in our front yard!) or park and grab a scoop to go, or linger inside to get a glimpse of Cremalosa’s beautiful gelato case filled with 12 happy flavors, plus gelato cakes, pops, boozy shakes and “adult” affogato. We’ve got select Italian wines and beer, too. Our bright little space welcomes with gleaming walls, cafe seating and handcrafted fixtures, but the decor is mostly you and the smile on your face - who isn’t happy when they’re eating gelato? Let’s scoop up some smiles together! Trust us, our hearts are in the right place.
Meridith Ford, Owner and Gelataia
Meridith is the mom behind Cremalosa. Meridith started out as a pastry chef, became a food writer, and then went back to being a chef (who occasionally writes). As a single parent, she always had to work, and it wasn’t always easy. She’s had a lot of help from friends and family. See that little heart in the Cremalosa logo? That was inspired by one of her daughter’s childhood doodles, and it’s here to remind her everyday that hard work pays off. Cremalosa is the culmination of a lot of dreaming and even more elbow grease, but mostly a lot of love.
That’s why Meridith wants Cremalosa to be a place of community, where families and friends gather to gab, eat gelato, relax with a glass of wine, and have fun. A place where smiles are part of the décor, everyone is respected and treated fairly and lots of laughing takes place.
We get happy. Heart and soul. All it takes is one scoop…
Cremalosa offers the only gelato artigianale - made in small batches from scratch every day - in the Atlanta area. We combine fresh, wholesome ingredients and Italian technique with the bold, fresh appeal of American style to create our unique flavors.
The Italian Tradition
GELATO VS. ICE CREAM
Since we’ve been making gelato, we get a lot of questions about the differences between Italian gelato and American ice cream.