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frozen gelato-type pistachio treat, North End, 1960s... does anyone know what it was?

sfumato May 29, 2011 09:51 AM

My mother-in-law has been searching for a treat from her childhood in the North End (1950s-60s), and I figured this was a good place to pose the question!

The details:

* frozen gelato-type treat
* not too rich, so she thinks it was made with lowfat/skim milk (or perhaps water?)
* nut flavour, with whole pistachios
* looked like it was moulded in those low, wide individual terracotta flan molds
* came wrapped in waxed or parchment paper
* very hard consistency when first unwrapped (i.e. opposite of soft-serve ice cream)

They used to buy it at a pharmacy in the space now occupied by Cafe dello Sport (corner of Hanover and Prince St).

Does anyone know (more specifically) what it might have been and/or where it might have been made?

  1. kobuta May 29, 2011 10:16 AM

    Not spumoni? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spumoni

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    1. re: kobuta
      sfumato May 29, 2011 03:41 PM

      Not sure, but these are both great leads! I'm sending them to her now...

    2. j
      juli5122 May 29, 2011 10:11 AM

      Could it have been Tortoni ? An italian ice cream dessert. Sometimes almonds or pistachios usually in like a muffin paper with a cherry on top. I remember them when I was a kid.

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