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May 30, 2009 09:34 AM

Vecchitto Italian Ice (Middletown, CT) is OPEN: Summertime is here!

As of last weekend, my favorite Italian ice joint in the whole wide world is OPEN yet again. It's been cool here in CT, so I haven't hard my first lemon ice yet, but warmer days are coming and I can't wait!

Here's an old article about Vecchitto's from the NY Times (2002):

If your travels take you down Route 9 South toward the CT shore this summer, look for Vecchitto's shortly after you pass under the Arrigoni Bridge (a.k.a. the Portland Bridge or the Middletown Bridge). It's right near the railroad tracks and should not be missed if you love lemon ice...and I DO!

99 percent of the time I go for lemon, but their almond and chocolate are excellent picks, too. Other flavors include watermelon, cherry, root beer. When I was a kid, Mr. Vecchitto used to drive a lemon ice truck through my neighborhood at night (along with the Good Humor Man and Mister Softee). I wish they still did! But I'm just as happy to go downtown for an ice. See you there, maybe!

Vecchitto Italian Ice
323 Dekoven Dr, Middletown, CT

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  1. I heartily endorse Vecchitto's Italian Ice. Kattyeyes shared this special place with me and I got to try her lemon and she my almond.
    A plain, no-nonsense place. They have about a dozen flavors. It is amazing that at mid-afternoon he developed a line at the counter just after we were served (and it wasn't because we were lallygagging making a decision).

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    1. re: Scargod

      Clearly, we're trendsetters. Lines at O'Rourke's after we were there for lunch...lines at Vecchitto's after we show up. ;)

    2. Yesterday was opening day. It's officially summer--and perfect weather for this refreshing warm weather treat!

      Everyone in town knows what those little white cups mean and I saw some happy faces when they saw mine and realized Vecchitto's is back in biz for the season.

      They now sell gelato. I hear they did last year, too. Guess it's all about the ice for me and I hadn't noticed. of all ages in 06457 know it doesn't get better than right here at home.

      1. Ditto all of the above. My favorite is Watermelon.

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        1. re: germay

          This may be heresy, but I grew up in Middletown and still live close and have NEVER been!
          This summer for sure.

          1. re: dennisl

            Ohmygoodness, that is BEYOND wrong! And if you said you didn't like it, well, I'd have to meet you personally and set you straight. ;) Just kiddin' (but not completely!!!). Seriously, GO. SOON. Weather is perfect for a refreshing lemon ice!

            1. re: kattyeyes

              I will. I drive by all the time, too, so no excuse!

              Such a sheltered childhood! :)

        2. I grew up and now live in West Hartford. We used to go to Sound View a ton when I was a kid and until I read your post (and the NYTimes link) I had no idea that my favorite lemon ice stand from Sound View beach had a location in Middletown. You just made my summer (and saved me some gas).

          p.s. as a kid I loved almond, chocolate and strawberry.
          I also have found Mozzicatos to pale in comparison to the memory of the Sound View lemon ice joint.

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          1. re: masha bousha

            That is great to hear/read--thanks! And also thanks for validating the Franklin Ave. ice just can't hold a candle to Vecchitto's! Their cannoli, however, are another (delicious, delightful!) story.

            1. re: kattyeyes

              Just a word on Mozzicatos cannoli, the one from Iulianos in Manchester beats the crap out of Mozzicatos. Best I've ever had.

              I do love the cafe at Mozzicatos though and their stuff does in a pinch and is closer to me than Manchester.

              1. re: masha bousha

                Thank you...good to know...and if you're ever either in NoHo or Springfield, Mass., the folks at La Fiorentina make the best cannoli I've ever car must stop in either location when passing through! Dig their chocolate-dipped shells, too!

                1. re: kattyeyes

                  Just tripped over and found La Fiorentina last Saturday. LOVED it. Have been to Mozzicatos and Iulianos as both are close to my place in CT. Can't wait to go back.

                  1. re: kattyeyes

                    awesome tip! and I could hit the Donut Dip off 91 on my way there or back (as you know it's always about the food)

                    Donut Dip
                    1305 Riverdale St, West Springfield, MA 01089

              2. re: masha bousha

                Was driving past SoundView yesterday noon and stopped off hoping for some dessert, but unfortunately the shoreline branch of Vecchitos didn't seem to be open.

              3. GET YER ICE ON, M'TOWN!
                Vecchitto's opens tomorrow (Saturday, 5/28) at noon! Can't wait! >>^..^<<
                P.S. dennisl--this is your year, don'tchathink? :)

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                1. re: kattyeyes

                  I wait for Katty's post about Vecchitto's every year! Now it's officially summer in CT!!!

                  1. re: chowmensch

                    Aww, thanks, that made me smile! ;) I only wish they were open TODAY--this weather screams for ice!