dojo gelato michael christner

What Makes Dojo Different

According to the traditional definition, a dojo is a space where an individual practices a process in the pursuit of excellence. Daily in our kitchen Dojo Gelato handcrafts, from scratch, fresh gelati and sorbetti. Since opening our first location in 2009, our mission has been to create for you the most distinctive Italian-style ice creams and coffees you can experience.

Our Italian-style ice creams are made fresh--from scratch--daily at our Northside kitchen in Cincinnati. Our gelati and sorbetti take more effort to create, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. We’re confident after first lick you’ll immediately experience the difference.  

You can visit Dojo Gelato at our Findlay Market or Northside locations, along with our roaming gelato truck and carts throughout the Tri-State area. 

About Our Maker

When Michael and his wife Kimberly moved to Cincinnati from Austin, Texas, he discovered that Cincinnati was missing a spot for authentic Italian-style ice creams. 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 gelateria and kitchen where focus was placed on freshness and quality, not quantity. Before starting Dojo Gelato, Michael practiced traditional gelato styles at Carpigiani in New York, as well as attended Penn State's storied Ice Cream Short Course at the Berkey Creamery.

Dojo is known for its fresh gelati, creative flavors, and dedication to providing guests with uncommon ice cream and coffee experiences. We create authentic Italian-style ice creams and sorbetti in our Northside kitchen every day in small batches.