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.