dojo gelato michael christner

What Makes Dojo Different

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