I don't know the North End all that well, but does anyone know of any cafes/gelaterias that specialize in Italian ice? Anywhere in the Boston area? I'm really looking for someplace that had more than just the token lemon ice, something with a range in flavors.
I really liked the lemon "granita" at Caffe Paradiso on Hanover, the main drag in the North End. It is right next door to Modern Pastry. Granita there is supposely made from frozen lemon juice, as opposed to ice that has had juice added for flavoring. I thought it was wonderful. They have other flavors too that I haven't tried. Polcari's has an Italian ice container they keep outside in the summer that has always appealed to me but I haven't tried it. (on the corner of Salem and Parameter Street -- just keep going up Hanover and turn left on Parameter one block)
Have you tried Richie's Slush in Everett? A bit different than Italian ice but they have a HUGE range of flavors and have been there for a long time.
Hands down the best Italian slush around is at Richie's on Rt. 16 in Everett. Richies is sold around town (usally just a few basic flavors) but you have to go the source where they keep it at the right consistency to get the best. Mango and ruby red grapefruit are yummy. Spadaforo's in Malden is also good (honeydew is great). Both spots are less than inviting. There's nowhere to sit at Richies, which is right on the highway, and Spadforos has just one sticky table on an unattractive street. But it's worth it.
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