(Lavanya Ramanathan) (Lavanya Ramanathan)

Chilly December is a tough time to open a gelato factory, but Dolcezza's factory has set an opening date. Come Dec. 7, you'll be able to see how your sorbetto and gelato are made, and sample the freshest batches.

Housed in a former wholesale flower market at 550 Penn St. NE near NoMa, the factory is a stone's throw from Union Market. Guests can visit the 20-person tasting room, which looks out over the production floor, from noon to 7 p.m. daily. To warm you up, the factory will share space with a Stumptown Roasters coffee lab, with tasting counters and a variety of roasted beans.

A small cup of gelato will cost $5.25. Flavors to look for on the winter menu, according to a press release: crookneck pumpkin, maple syrup, ginger cardamom pistachio and sweet potato pecan praline.

Stop by on opening day and the local farmers who supply ingredients to Dolcezza will be chatting with guests in the factory. You can get free coffee and gelato on the Dec. 7 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Dolcezza, 550 Penn St. NE.