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May 7, 2008 08:47 AM

Does Alinosi's still exist? (Detroit)

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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  1. 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 would be a *darned* shame if Alinosi's was gone. Their ice cream romps.

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    1. re: boagman

      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.

      1. re: boagman

        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.

        1. re: eruby

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

          1. re: boagman

            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)

            1. re: workinglunches2

              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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      1. 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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        1. re: MacGuffin

          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.

          1. re: alinosi Ice Cream

            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.

        2. 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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          1. re: camphuron

            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).

              1. re: rainsux

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

                1. re: boagman

                  Google is your friend:


                  Website works. They answer their phone.

                  1. re: rainsux

                    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.

                    1. re: boagman

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

                      1. re: John Robosan

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

          2. 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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            1. re: Fritter

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