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Best Italian Ices?

gkang Jul 14, 2009 09:22 AM

Anyone have any reccs? I don't care if they're water, cream, or whatever as long as they fit under the category "Italian"!

These are some places I have in mind so far...thoughts??

Uncle Louie Gee
Lemon Ice King
Ralph's Italian Ices
De Robertis
Cafe Dante
Court Pastry Shop (Brooklyn)

  1. NellyNel Jul 14, 2009 10:19 AM

    Spumoni Gardens in Brooklyn - I haven't been in a few years but the chocolate and lemon ice used to be great!! (in the same cup!!)

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    1. re: NellyNel
      cheesecake17 Jul 14, 2009 10:24 AM

      Spumoni Gardens has the BEST ices. My husband likes to buy a quart to take home..

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        erica Jul 18, 2009 01:48 PM

        Ditto on Spumoni Gardens! Worth the trip from Manhattan if you love Italian ices! I was not a huge fan of their square or round pizza but the place is just great. Has anyone tried a meal in their dining room?

        1. re: erica
          NellyNel Jul 18, 2009 02:40 PM

          Never had a meal there, but I was never a fan of their square until I took a bite of my friends - and suddenly I saw the light!
          It's thick and covered in sauce which is usually not my thing at all - but it was tasy and a whole new experience!

    2. NellyNel Jul 14, 2009 10:34 AM

      Here is the link http://www.spumonigardens.com/

      While you are there - you would have to try the very famous and controversial L & B pizza
      (You either love it or hate it - but it sure is different!
      )There was allot of talk here on CH yesterday about it on another post

      Cheesecake - have you guys tried the pizza?

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      1. re: NellyNel
        cheesecake17 Jul 14, 2009 12:21 PM

        I've never had it, because I only eat kosher cheese. My husband eats it every so often, and he LOVES it. Him and a friend can finish a pie...

        1. re: cheesecake17
          NellyNel Jul 14, 2009 12:23 PM

          (those pies are huge!!)

          I'm missing Brooklyn right about now...trying to convince DH to do a Brooklyn food tour soon!

          1. re: NellyNel
            cheesecake17 Jul 14, 2009 12:52 PM

            You should defintiely do a Brooklyn outing. Have you ever been to Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory? There's also a yummy vegan place in Park Slope, V Spot

            1. re: cheesecake17
              NellyNel Jul 14, 2009 02:24 PM

              No I haven't been - or even heard of Bklyn Ice Cream factory!
              I have to check it out!

              My grandma is in the hospital in Park Slope, so I have been visiting a few nights here and there. I got addicted to a falafel place called Brooklyn Falafel- on 7th Ave - absolutly AMAZING - homemade pita! (maybe it wasn't homeade - but it wasn't your normal crappy pita - and the tahina was extra special too - really really good. Maybe I can tear myself away from it to try V spot next visit!

              Thanks for the info!

              1. re: NellyNel
                cheesecake17 Jul 15, 2009 06:46 AM

                Bklyn Ice Cream is on the river, looking over at South Street Seaport. They only have a few flavors, and they're all homemade. Once they run out... that's it for the day!

                Since you mentioned Park Slope, if you need a break from the hospital, have a hot chocolate at Cocoa Bar. Not really the season for it, but it's a great loung-y place with delicious drinks and desserts. It's much nicer than Tea Lounge..

                1. re: cheesecake17
                  Peter Cherches Jul 19, 2009 08:29 AM

                  Just don't order the battery acid coffee at Cocoa Bar.

                  1. re: Peter Cherches
                    cheesecake17 Jul 20, 2009 08:39 AM

                    I usually get the mint hot chocolate, never had the coffee.

            2. re: NellyNel
              windycity Jul 15, 2009 02:09 PM

              I tried Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory and I find it pretty bland actually. Especially for what I paid, I would rather pay $5 for a small cup of Grom or $3.50 at Chinatown Ice cream factory. I think the main thing that BICF has going for it is the location.

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          bob96 Jul 14, 2009 07:07 PM

          Having grown up drenched by Italian ice in 1950s/60s Brooklyn, for my dime, Court Street Pastry has the best, most traditional lemon ice around. Get some of their cookies to dunk.

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          1. re: bob96
            Cheese Boy Jul 17, 2009 09:41 PM

            I second this, and would like to add Villabate for gelato.

            Court --> http://abrooklynlife.com/photos/uncategorized/courtpastry.jpg

            Villabate --> http://www.villabate.net/about_us

          2. guttergourmet Jul 17, 2009 05:26 AM

            Lemon Ice King of Corona rules! Get an italian hero sandwich first at Leo's Latticini a/k/a Mama's a few blocks down. Eat the ices in the park across the street and hopefully watch some bocci ball.

            1. princeofpork Jul 18, 2009 07:45 AM

              My daughter love rainbow sherbet at DD.

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                Peter Cherches Jul 19, 2009 08:30 AM

                I'm a big fan of Ralph's, especially the cream ices like cremolata, cappucino, pistacio. Uncle Louie G is pretty mediocre, though I do like the passion fruit. DeRobertis has amazing espresso granita.


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                1. re: Peter Cherches
                  cheesecake17 Jul 20, 2009 08:39 AM

                  The cream ices at Ralph's are awesome. So hard to choose just one flavor...

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