899 Main St, Cambridge, MA | Directions 0213942.363540 -71.099414
Neighborhoods: Area IV
people rave about tosci's icecream. it's alright. the flavors are interesting, the espresso drinks aren't very good but that's why Gus owns the SOMEDAY CAFE in davis square. he bought a staff that really knows what the hell they're doing. they're all too smart to be working at a coffeeshop, but i'm thankful they all do.
Disappointing... – I'd heard a lot of buzz about Toscanini's, so I packed up my 4 kids and drove to Cambridge to try it. I was *very* disappointed! Their flavors are definitely extreme, but in my opinion *too* extreme -- my white chocolate was so heavy in taste that I couldn't eat more than about a third. Of my wife and four kids, only one of the kids (lemon sorbet) finished her small cup -- the rest only ate about half, and that *never* happens with my kids. Everyone had the same objections as me -- the tastes were too overpoweringly heavy to enjoy more than a couple of spoonfuls.
I also didn't like the texture of the ice cream, all four flavors I tried had a graininess that just didn't compare to the smoothness of some of the other places I've tried in Cambridge and Somerville.
Samples, samples, and more samples – Not sure which flavor to try? Never had chocolate cinammon icecream? Don't be shy, just ask for a sample. You can't go wrong at Toscanini's. I've never been disappointed (unlike at Denise's). The value is so-so, but for gourmet ice cream I guess the value is okay. Parking in the area can be a pain so expect to walk a couple blocks. Service is always friendly. And most importantly....the mark of all good ice cream restaurants.... they have a water fountain (water bubbler to us Massachusetts folk) and plastic cups so that you can wash down the hot fudge and ice cream. This is probably my favorite ice cream place in Boston and Cambridge.
The New York Times is not incorrect: Toscanini's has the best ice cream on earth. Unless you like goopy and sticky, ignore all of the other nominees. There is no comparison.
Icecream Fettishists Be Warned! – You haven't tried real ice cream 'till you've tried Toscanini's. The proprietor, whose name I have forgotten is the greatest guy too. He knows a ton about ice cream and the Boston food scene in general. He makes his own ice cream and new flavors are added while others are discarded periodically. He's very responsive to consumer tastes. I would HIGHLY recommend the green tea ice cream- it's creamy, smooth, and successfully recreates the essence of green tea.
YUM – Cherries n Chips, Burnt Caramel,Vienna Finger Cookie, Mango Sorbet - they use the highest quality ingredients and their ice creams are WonderFul!!!
An Ice Cream Lover's Ice Cream – This is the best ice cream in Boston PERIOD. I did a taste test of my own to prove it. I ordered chocolate chip with hot fudge sauce at both Toscanini's and JP Licks. With Toscanini's, the ice cream was smooth, creamy, with a great undertone of vanilla. The chocolate chips were large(but not too large)and flavorful. The sauce had just the right consistency(not too thick/thin) and had a great, deep chocolatey taste. At the "#1" place, JP Licks, the ice cream had an overwhelmingly boring cream taste-that's it-cream-no flavoring. And the chocolate chips were too small to make an impact on my taste buds. The chocolate sauce tasted like something store-bought-one of those thick caramel-like chocolate sauces. So be forewarned, if you're an ice cream lover, as I am, I highly recommend you skip what other's deem #1, and head for Toscanini's
Worth the Price – The ice cream at Toscanini's blows away all others in the city because of the true flavors they achieve. The flavors change frequently and are always exotic. Toscanini's needs to open a location in Boston!
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