Trani in the North End
It seems like this place has been in construction for five years, but I just found a Help Wanted ad for it on Craigslist:
Guess it's going to be a "n-jectable ice cream" joint. Think that's like methodone for dessert freaks?
I just tried a "Fudgit" at Trani, and have to say it was quite tasty. It's basically a cupcake shaped brownie injected with vanilla ice cream (I got the second one filled with chocolate) covered with the chocolate sauce that hardens on contact (better taste and less waxy than magic shell, though). The brownie cupcake was moist and fudgy, and tasted homemade.
Had I not been thoroughly bloated from my prior stop at Umberto's, I would have tried one of the ones that looks like a profiterole.
I had been walking by Trani every day for 2 years wondering what the heck it was. Well, I stopped in last night and I was pleasantly surprised. They had all sorts of injectable pastries. I got an order of 2 chocolate cupcakes, filled with vanilla ice cream & topped with warm chocolate sauce. The sauce became hard & crunchy near the ice cream. It was good! There were two/order and I intended to freeze one but I ended up eating them both. They had brownies, yellow cake, eclairs, puffs, canolli shells etc. all availalbe for dipping. Plus, they serve ice cream cones & coffee. The staff was very friendly and helpful since there are so many choices it can be overwhelming. It's a welcome addition to the North End!
Yeah, the cupcakes filled with soft serve ice pushes a surprisingly number of primal pleasure buttons. It's basic soft serve and the cupcake's a normal undistinguished cupcake, but it's quite a good combo. Apparently it's the only store, but it does have the look and feel of a big franchise.
I was walking past the place the other day and was like...OMG! I can't believe it's finally open.
The owner, sitting on the stoop of the place next door to Trani (not the best name, right?), overheard me and was like..."how do you think I feel??????"
Then we laughed.
He was super nice and invited us in for complimentary taste tests (too full to take on more snacks) and told us all about how he invented the machines they use to infuse treats with ice cream, etc.
He says his big plans are for franchises.
So....yea, it's finally open.
Too bad Italian trannies aren't serving up the creamy goodness.
I don't think anyone has nailed that concept.