Del Ray Boccato is nearly ready to offer up gelato, coffee drinks and savory snacks to the neighborhood and beyond, and owner Cristian Velasco is definitely eager to get started. The café, which is located at 2400 Mount Vernon Avenue, is the culmination of a longtime desire to put down roots in Del Ray, Velasco said. According to the Alexandria Gazette Packet, "Del Ray Boccato aims to open deliberately, growing its menu throughout the rest of the year. On the menu first: Homemade gelato, empanadas, coffee drinks, and pastries. One of Velasco’s major points of pride is his gelato display. “I make an effort to make it really beautiful. Every gelato is individually decorated with a lot of love,” he said." As per the Alexandria Gazette Packet, "Of course, opening a new shop during a pandemic is a tenuous situation bringing up some unusual issues to work through. One of the biggest for Del Ray Boccato is how precisely Velasco’s team will be able to serve customers safely. To solve for this, the shop will be curbside and carryout only when it opens, and as the region sees good news with a potential vaccine or treatment, he will reevaluate."