Ices, ice cream, and gelato in Tucson?
Any places for good ices, ice cream, or gelato in Tucson? Especially interested in the first - I haven't stumbled across any places and I'd think there would be a huge interest in something light and cold in the desert!
Frost, on north Oracle, has a decent reputation for Gelato. It's on the far side of town from me, though, so I haven't actually been. I can't say I've ever had a really primo Italian ice here in town, though there are lots of little Italian deli's I haven't been to. As for ice cream... There's lots, and lots that's good, in town. Austins is probably the most well known, and for good reason.
If you care to venture north to Phoenix, there's some SERIOUS gelato action, between Angelsoft, Gelato Spot, and (my fav) Arlecchino, and lord knows how many new-comers and undiscovered gems.
I took some of my staff to lunch at Viro's last week, but I decided against the gelato. Regretting that big time, now! Two of my employees did try it, though. One got the orange creme flavor and said it was wonderful; sort of like a "creamsicle pop" but deeper, richer flavor. The other tried the limoncello and said it was "really lemony" and a little more tart than he cared for. Which makes me think I'd really love it. They had something like 15 or so flavors, including tiramisu, coffee, chocolate, berry and something that looked completely decadent, but had an Italian name I didn't recognize. Amazingly lovely pastries there, too, including a pretty good assortment of "sugar-free" pastries and cookies, which surprised me. Many choices of cannoli and biscotti. Oh, and lunch (manicotti) was good, too!
I live on the East side of Tucson. The best place for gelato, Italian ices and custard is a little sort of hidden away place called Zona Ice on the Broadway and Sarnoff area. They have lots of great flavors, probably the best prices in town, wonderful staff and a beautiful interior. I love this place! I have a Frost near me too but it is way overpriced and I don't think as good as Zona Ice.
For frozen yogurt I recommend Razzberry Frozen Yogurt on Tanque Verde and Sabino Canyon hidden by the Eclectic Pizza place. It is hard to find and very small, but the yogurt is wonderful and the prices unbeatable. They give you large portions and have all kinds of specials. Also, free Wifi.
For ice cream, I still love Cold Stone Creamery though I do have two complaints. Their prices have gone up tremendously and their portion sizes reduced so on a budget, I don't visit them as much. I used to go 5 times a week and now probably once a month.
Zona Ice Co
8407 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ
Cold Stone Creamery
7113 E Tanque Verde Rd Ste 115, Tucson, AZ 85715
Razzberry Frozen Yogurt
7069 E Tanque Verde Rd, Tucson, AZ 85715