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Does Alinosi's still exist? (Detroit)

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eruby May 7, 2008 08:47 AM

I saw a spot on Fine Living TV about Detroit and one feature was Alinosi's spumoni.

From my search here and online, it seems they're out of business. Is this the case? Will I not be able to have any spumoni shipped to Maryland?

Thank you.

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    boagman May 7, 2008 12:07 PM

    If that's the case, it's news to me, and I *live* in this area! I'll find out for you for sure today. I'll get back to you...it would be a *darned* shame if Alinosi's was gone. Their ice cream romps.

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      boagman May 7, 2008 09:55 PM

      Okay, it's a good news/bad news situation for you. I'll start with the good news: Alinosi's is still quite alive and well, thank you very much, with their fan-freaking-tastic buttercream-filled ice cream available in this area.

      And thus, we come to the bad news portion of our report: the key words there being "in this area".

      I called Alinosi's today, and right there on the answering machine, it tells you that the main outlet for Alinosi's has changed names to "The Chocolate Bar" and that the ice cream and chocolate that they're known for is available there. The problem for *you*, however, is that the message also relayed the fact that they no longer ship their spumoni. It says it directly, and I know that that's disappointing.

      I don't know what else to say other than to remain silent and let you grieve in peace. So sorry.

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        eruby May 8, 2008 04:42 AM

        Thanks boagman.

        There's always a trip to Detroit for a Tiger's game, coney's, Scotty Simpson fish and chips, Vernor's and, of course Alinosi spumoni.

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          boagman May 8, 2008 12:15 PM

          Eruby, it's good to know that some folk in Maryland have excellent taste. Great choices all.

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            workinglunches2 Jun 4, 2008 12:44 PM

            Alinosi's alive and kicking
            Was there two weeks ago. Got to sit at the counter, spin in the stool like a kid and get my ice cream fix.

            google up to see:
            20737 Mack Ave
            Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236

            (you can't quite see the storefront using streetview, but not a bad shot of Ferlitos. Usually go to Ferlitos for a dinner and Alinosi's for a cone, nice night with the kiddos)

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              geandsco Jun 9, 2008 08:04 AM

              Not only can you get Alinosi's at the Grosse Pointe Woods spot, but you can find them every Sunday at the Warren Farmers Market, 12-1/2 mile and Van Dyke. You'll have to look for them though, they stuck them behind the utility building next to the fountain. It's worth it. Best ice cream around.

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      MacGuffin Oct 9, 2008 05:44 PM

      I see they're still listed, so they must be in business! I wish they'd get on the Information Highway and set up a Web site and mail-order business. So many people are seeking sources of fine food made the old way--they could experience a renaissance. :)

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        alinosi Ice Cream Nov 10, 2008 02:45 AM

        Alinosi does exist,I have worked here for 30 years. We are primarily a wholesale business now and our products are available locally in almost all Italian markets. We used to have a website(1998-2003) and shipped all over but shipping ice cream was not affordable for a small business, shipping spumoni overnite was between $40.00- and $85.00(for shipping alone)and if the product was lost or melted we(Alinosi) would have to eat the cost of shipping the product which sometimes was hundreds a month. So sorry, but we had to stop shipping product.If you are in the area please stop by the Grosse Pointe store 20737 Mack Ave(313-881-2888) or like I said any Italian market in the area.

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          MacGuffin Jan 19, 2009 09:14 PM

          I hope you stay in business forever! My parents used to take me to Alinosi's when I was a kid; I'd always order the ice cream decorated to look like a clown with a sugar cone for a hat. I also remember there were ceramics for sale that had a lot of bling on them--I LOVE that stuff. Very happy memories of you guys--I just wish my buddy Steve Jenkins had been able to try the spumoni before you stopped shipping out of state.

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        camphuron Mar 12, 2009 09:15 AM

        You may want to contact Alinosi's at their manufacturing location on E Mc Nichols in Detroit. The Chocolate Bar location was a seller of the product only.

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          MacGuffin Mar 15, 2009 08:22 AM

          Is the Chocolate Bar Café no longer in business? You mention it in the past tense.
          A shame Alinosi's can't operate retail but the vandals trashed the fountain some years back; the neighborhood is apparently a disaster (a shame--it used to be very nice).

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            rainsux Mar 15, 2009 05:57 PM

            Their website is still active.

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              boagman Mar 15, 2009 06:02 PM

              It is? I can't seem to find and/or access it. Are you talking about the Chocolate Bar website?

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                rainsux Mar 16, 2009 10:38 AM

                Google is your friend:

                http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&s...

                Website works. They answer their phone.

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                  boagman Mar 16, 2009 01:16 PM

                  Yes. I found that. That's for The Chocolate Bar, not Alinosi's. Alinosi's doesn't have a working website, and that's what I was inquiring about.

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                    John Robosan Apr 3, 2009 07:44 AM

                    The Ashby's Parlor in Shelby Twp. handles their Chocolates, Holiday Items and carries their Spumoni. www.icecream-parlor.com.. We are trying to re-activate the Alinosi Web Site.

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                      Jim M Apr 10, 2009 11:54 AM

                      The Pure Detroit shop in the Guardian building had the sauces and things last time I looked.

        2. Fritter Apr 10, 2009 11:35 AM

          I just wanted to drop in and say I picked some up today at Vince & Joes at 25mile & Old VanDyke. I had never had this product before. In fact I had never even heard of it. Thanks for the new addiction!
          Yummy stuff

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            MacGuffin Apr 10, 2009 04:45 PM

            Spread the word! Alinosi's is synonymous with quality and I'd like to see them stay in business forever.

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            che cosa May 19, 2010 05:37 AM

            you can get Alinosi at Che Cosa Coffeehouse and Cafe in Downtown Mt. Clemens. They always have 8 flavors to dip. Alinosi hot fudge and some of their chocolates (the chocolate bars, clusters.) They've been carrying it for about 4 years.

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              MacGuffin May 19, 2010 11:04 AM

              I didn't realize Alinosi's had hot fudge (Sanders is pretty ubiquitous). Is it good? Is it available in jars?

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