If every business that opened in Cairo was as lovingly cultivated as this new jewel box of a gelato bar is, the city would be a better place. Just in time for summer, Stavolta has opened its sliding doors to offer Cairenes its incredibly delicious homemade Italian gelato.

As a tiny shop located on a side street near Subway and NGSB in Maadi Degla, Stavolta is easy to miss. But make sure you don’t, because this reviewer believes that Stavolta has the best gelato and ice cream in Cairo. The shop is divided into two sections; the display case, where lucky visitors choose from a selection of over 30 flavours each day, not to mention homemade cones, tiramisu cakes, panna cotta and handmade popsicles; and the kitchen, where passersby can watch Stavolta’s expert staff work their magic.

The all-Egyptian staff was trained to create authentic gelato by an Italian chef brought over for that express purpose. This was a good investment; as these talented gelato-makers now offer desserts on par with the best of Rome. At 10LE for a scoop in a cup or cone, Stavolta offers a truly unique and lovingly crafted summer treat.

Stavolta’s flavour repertoire is impressive, with 60 varieties ranging from traditional Italian offerings like mascarpone and la dolce vita to Egyptian-influenced selections like karkadeh and tamarind. The best choices depend purely on your personal taste; it’s difficult to go wrong with any flavour at Stavolta. The welcoming staff is happy to let you try as many flavours as you want before making a selection, but be warned; each one is so delicious that this makes choosing even more difficult.

While most of the options are creamy and milk-based (though still light and refreshing), Stavolta’s milk-free sorbets are a delicious dairy-free option. Their watermelon sorbet is out of this world; we challenge you to find anything more refreshing on a summer’s day, and the carrot-lemon-orange flavour is also surprisingly refreshing and tasty.

On the richer side, it doesn’t get much better than Stavolta’s dark chocolate gelato. Chocolate lovers beware; this might just become your favourite fix. The creamy guava option is beautifully smooth and bursting with flavour, and the coconut cream offers a pleasing texture. Other selections include coffee, milk chocolate, white chocolate, cheesecake, peanut butter, pistachio, caramel, banana, cantaloupe, lemon and much more.

Stavolta is the best dessert newcomer to Maadi in years; locals will find it difficult to stay away even for a day.