Vecchitto Italian Ice (Middletown, CT) is OPEN: Summertime is here!
- kattyeyes May 30, 2009 09:34 AM
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
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).
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. Enjoy...kids of all ages in 06457 know it doesn't get better than right here at home.
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.
I just noticed VANILLA ICE on the menu (no, not HIM!). Don't remember this flavor--seems every time I go, I'm noticing something new. :) Has anyone tried it? Or the gelato?
I had never used the tunnel under 9 to get to the riverfront park till last night. Grab your ice and head south on Dekoven...you'll see steps that lead to the tunnel entrance. Just be sure to head back before 8 p.m. when they lock the gate! Great view, cool by the water and benches so you can sit and enjoy!
♫ The summer wind...came blowin' in... ♫
...and it was time to get a lemon ice at Vecchitto's! It's opening day today and you couldn't ask for better weather! GET YER ICE ON and let the summer fun begin!!!
your not-so-fickle friend, Katty
P.S. dennisl: e-mail me and I will meet you for an ice, fercryin'outloud!
I saw a sign on their wall when I walked in, "Chocolate & Almond Gelato". "Wow", I enthused, "that sounds good!". "How about a scoop of each?" the proprietor asked. "You read my mind", I answered. Delish.
Katty challenged me to compare this to other gelatos. Well, the best I've tasted is Talenti Tahitian Vanilla Bean Gelato my DW gets from our local grocery, but Vechetti's is not far behind it. Talelnti also has 18 other flavors, most of which i have not tasted. DW guards her shelf in the freezer too closely!
Thank you! One more you can try locally is Gelato Giuliana. I think that's what they serve at the Emporium on Main Street...though now that I know how to make it at home, I am too spoiled to eat anyone else's. ;P ETA: Wonder if the Vecchittos would be up for a throwdown with yours truly? HA HA!
UPDATE: No more Gelato Giuliana at New England Emporium. Froyoworld, a new frozen yogurt shop, has opened right across the hall. Original tart swirled with strawberry tart is a winning flavor combo. Try the little fruit popping boba on top. It's like crazy fruit caviar. Pop-pop-pop! YUM!
One more week to get your ice on! NEXT Saturday, 9/8 will be the last day of this very ice-appropriate summer. I am seriously thinking of getting a larger tub of ice to stash in the freezer so I can get my fix through the warm days we're sure to have after they close.
Remember to get there before it's just a distant memory of summer daze!
You know what time it is, amici! ICE, ICE, BABY! They even opened for a couple of weekends earlier this month, but today is REAL opening day for the rest of the season. Grab yourself a little white cup and ENJOY!
So funny, I was wearing my tie-dye Vecchitto's shirt the other day and a lady in the checkout line asked if I work there. NOPE, just a big fan of the best Italian ice in the world. :)