After lunch we walked to the Toscanini’s, also in Central Square. My family loves ice cream (one of my grandmas runs a business making homemade ice cream in Bombay) and Toscanini’s has been a long time favorite, as I’m sure it is for many Massachusetts residents: exquisite flavors, and never too eggy, artificial, horrendously colored, gross, cloyingly sweet, or watery- the myriad of adjectives that can be assigned to too many ice cream chains.
Toscanini’s makes sublime (if slightly expensive) ice cream. Famous flavors include Burnt Caramel, Vienna Finger Cookie, Cardamom, Espresso, Cake Batter, Khulfi, and Ginger. The Burnt Caramel is a classic, its smooth, woody color and smoky caramel taste spiced with pungent, fiery undertones. A total taste bud dance party.
But this time, my eye was drawn to the Lime-Vanilla. I love lime/lemon ice cream flavors because of the tart-creamy combination, and this one, as expected, was incredibly good. The mild, soothing vanilla immaculately balanced the sweet tart essence of lime. Oh, if only I had some lime-vanilla melting on my tongue right now.
Toscanini’s also makes these awesome micro sundaes. For $3.50, you get a small scoop of ice cream in a Dixie cup, topped with rich hot fudge, fresh whipped cream, and a sprinkling of nuts. So tiny yet so satisfying.
Small ice cream: $3.75
Toscanini’s has many locations; we went to the one at 899 Main Street in Central Square, Cambridge, MA. Tel: 617-491-5877