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I keep finding myself at Dave and Andy's or Handel's. Where else does everyone like to go for ice cream. No soft serve please. Also, anywhere to get gelato?

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  1. Bruster's! They have several outlets in the region.


    Okay, now that I look at their website, I see that they have outlets all over the country. Hmm, less local than I thought. I used to go to the one on Beechwood Blvd in Greenfield. They make the best Girl Scout Thin Mint Ice Cream, but usually only in March.

    1. The owner of Tessaro's had mentioned a gelateria a block further into Bloomfield (I forget the name), though that could possibly be a great find. Otherwise, I have to second Brusters. Though I dislike many of the flavors, I really like the pumpkin ice cream they make, which is quite salty and sometimes has maple syrup and nuts in it.

      Edit: I Googled it and it may have been Grasso-Roberto Café. Anyone had their gelato before?

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      1. re: lambretta76

        I had some gelato in a location that could be the one you're describing. Quite good. Pictures on the wall had captions that indicated that the cafe was run by caterers. Sandwich selection sounded good. I'm moving around the corner from there (from Boston) on Monday.

      2. Dave and Andy's is still my favorite.

        My DH LOVES Glen's frozen custard in Springdale.

        1. Strangely enough, Joe Mamas on Forbes in Oakland has great spumoni made by Dave and Andy’s, but I have never found it at Dave and Andy’s.

          1. Even though you said no soft serve, I too must suggest Glen's in Springdale. As well, either original location, Kittaning, or new location Shadyside: Mulberry Street Gelato.

            1. Interesting - I just saw that Mon Aimee Chocolate on Penn Avenue in the Strip serves Mulberry Street Gelato - I had no idea they were affiliated with Glens!

              1. Mulberry Gelato NOT affiliated with Glen's. They started on Mulberry St in Kittaning, have been supplying some Pgh restaurants and now have their own location in Shadyside above Girasole restaurant - which is excellent as well.

                1. I see - thanks for clearing up my confusion. I'll have to give it a try.

                  1. I LOVE gelato. Any more gelato places would be great. When I say no soft serve I mean places like Dairy Queen. So is gelato considered soft serve or not? Now I'm not sure.

                    1. We went to Mulberry Gelato last night, thanks for the rec! My wife and I always complained to each other than there's no where to go for gelato in Pittsburgh. Or at least no where with more than a half dozen choices. Finally we found our place! Thank you!

                      1. Beecher's Gelato and Gourmet coffee in Zelienople has by far the best gelato in the region. They roast their own coffee as well as make their own gelato in site. Raspberry is the best and they have a chocolate to die for.

                        1. I'm pretty confident in this recommendation. Problem is, how far out will you venture? This place is just a couple miles from my house but far if you live in the central area of Pittsburgh. Great stuff, though. Keystone Creamery, 1509 Conway Wallrose Rd, Economy Borough, Beaver County. Homemade ice cream and frozen custard (yes, that's soft serve, but not your DQ variety).

                          It's been there for about a year, I think, maybe close to two, but I can't figure out if it's going to last. There's fair enough traffic on the road, but it's not anywhere near a shopping area at all, so I dunno how much business it could possibly be doing.

                          If you're out this way it's worth a try instead of Brusters (fine, I guess, but ubiquitous). Close to Cranberry or the Rt 65 Ohio River Blvd communities in Beaver County (Conway is nearest along there).

                          1. Wow - really? This is in the town I grew up in. It's the one in the old Clear's Country Cupboard space, right? I wouldn't have figured that they'd be making their own ice cream - in that space I figured that it was just selling Hershey's or whatever - this is really great information. When I'm back in town again I'll have to do a tasting of this and the aforementioned place in Zelienople. I didn't think anything decent would ever be discovered in Economy save for the fish sandwiches at the Sportsman's Club on Friday nights which I remember from my youth. (Are those any good, still?)

                            1. LOL I've only lived out there for 3 years. I don't know what used to be there. I'm trying to remember if anything was there when I moved. I can't remember anything. I'm pretty sure this opened after I moved, and the place was vacant before that, but not 100%. It also operates as a deli of sorts (it says Keystone Creamery and Deli on the sign), but I haven't tried any of that. And at least when I was last in there I noticed they make up pizzas to take home and bake. The one I saw there one time actually looked like it would be pretty good.

                              I just can't figure out how they're going to get enough business out there by themselves. Maybe if it's just a hobby and they have day jobs. Or maybe they'll try to wholesale the ice cream. I dunno. It's good though.

                              1. Klavons for ice cream. It's all by itself out on Penn Av. several blocks north of LaPrima.

                                Oddly, while Mulberry St. gelato is good (the gelato maker has a diploma from the offical gelato institute in italy, for whatever that's worth), there is nobody in Pittsburgh who displays gelato properly.

                                Enrico's new joint in Mt. Lebo now offers six flavors, but we've heard its texture isn't as tight as gelato should be (we haven't tried it). Blue Horse Coffee corner of Conner & Washington also offers gelato from a fairly well known producer in Michigan.

                                1. How is gelato supposed to be properly displayed? We recently had gelato in Philly at Capogiro and it was more creamy there than at Mulberry St. I'm still glad to have them here though.

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                                  1. re: Rick

                                    Re: gelato display. Perhaps Panini Guy is refering to the practice of putting little bits of food (strawberries, nuts, chocolate, etc.) on top of the gelato to represent the flavor that lies beneath. Mulberry doesn't do that.

                                    1. re: mhoffman

                                      Usually it's topped with something that's in the gelato itself. But it's not just that. We rarely, if ever, see gelato mounded like it is throughout Italy.

                                      One last complaint on local gelato - you rarely find it served at the right temperature. It should be near freezing but easy to scoop out, not hard like ice cream. If there's any resistance to the scoop, it's too cold.