With summer on its final stretch, the easy excuse to consume the near empty calories of ice cream for the pure pleasure of it is slowly waning. Make sure you take advantage of the social side of ice cream with some of the Boston area’s hautest ice cream shoppes.
Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream
A trip to eclectic taste offerings of Cambridge’s Inman Square area is always tempting. The most tempting reason to cross the bridge to Cambridge is Christina’s handmade ice cream concoctions. Narrowing your selection down to one cone topper isn’t easy as there are so many unique and remarkably tasty choices to choose from. Our pick: Nietzsche’s Chocolate Ascension.
Locations: 1255 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge www.christinasicecream.com
Emack and Bolio’s
Walking into an Emack and Bolio’s, you’ll feel like you just found a hidden gem off a dusty country road in Vermont or Maine. There are no corners cut here for this top-of-the-line fresh cream taste. These are calories worth consuming. Our pick: Caramel Moose Prints.
Location: 255 State St., near N.E. Aquarium, Boston www.emackandbolios.com
If you are still craving the gelato you had the last time you were in Italy, Gigi Gelateria in Boston’s North End will more than fulfill your craving. Offering more than your standard flavors, offerings like chestnut, tiramisu and stracciatella flavored gelatos are enough to make you want to languish at the café a little longer until hunger strikes again, and with the it the excuse to consume more flavor sensations. Our pick: Bacio (chocolate with hazelnut).
Location: 272 Hanover St., North End, Boston http://www.gelateriacorp.com/
Sundaes are clearly the way to go at Picco. With the dark chocolate sundae served with chunks of warm brownie, hot fudge, your choice of ice cream and topped with fresh whipped cream – how could you leave your ice cream naked and on its own? Picco offers a fresh and new selection of flavors every day so there is always something new and exciting to try. Our choice: Toasted Gingerbread Sundae (warm gingerbread, served with ice cream, raspberry sauce and whipped cream) with Cinnamon ice cream.
Location: 513 Tremont St., South End, Boston http://www.piccorestaurant.com/ice-cream/
Selection is the clear benefit of a trip to Lizzy’s in Harvard Square. From Tofutti to no sugar added and yogurt options everyone should be able to find a frozen treat here to fit their fancy. And, for parties, a Lizzy’s ice cream cake is a must. And with homemade hot fudge sauce who can refuse a trip to Lizzy’s? Our choice: White Pistachio
Location: 29 Church St., Harvard Square, Cambridge www.lizzysicecream.com