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BEST Ice Cream

2014 BEST Ice Cream
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Toscanini’s

Cambridge

We can confidently say that we’ve sampled just about every cone in Greater Boston—and scoop by scoop, Gus Rancatore’s Central Square ice cream shop remains unchallenged. The endless array of creative flavors—bourbon black pepper, mango-ginger, green tea—keeps things interesting, but… read more»

2013 BEST Ice Cream
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Toscanini’s

Cambridge

Owner Gus Rancatore is a bona fide gourmet, a guy with a penchant for combining unusual flavors and unique textures. As a result, his inventive ice creams—in flavors like goat cheese-brownie, bourbon flake, and even pancake—push the boundaries of the… read more»

2012 BEST Ice Cream

Toscanini’s

Cambridge

The one downside to ordering at Toscanini’s is trying to choose from flavors like the obscenely rich B3 (brown butter, brownie, and brown sugar); tangy, creamy goat cheese-brownie; and exotic Earl Grey. It’s enough to give you brain freeze. The… read more»

2011 BEST Ice Cream, Classic

Picco

Boston

Connoisseurs of pure and simple ice cream are all about two things: richness of flavor and quality of texture. Picco delivers both, first by using the most intense ingredients available in every batch (Vietnamese cinnamon; fudgy chocolate chunks), and second… read more»

2011 BEST Ice Cream, Exotic

Christina’s

Cambridge

No child’s play, this. Christina’s ice cream is an acquired and—unless your offspring have preternatural palates—grownup taste. By that we mean green tea. Adzuki bean. Carrot cake. Fresh rose. Herbal chai. Even the standbys generally get an epicurean twist: The… read more»

2010 BEST Ice Cream
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Toscanini’s

Cambridge

It’s insanely rich, full of intense flavor, and made right on-site. Quite simply: This is a place that all ice cream aficionados must go before they die. Our all-time favorite scoops include the nocciola (hazelnut) and the famous burnt caramel…. read more»

2008 BEST Ice Cream

Christina’s

Cambridge

Partisans know Christina’s does weird very, very well. Honey-lavender? Refreshing. Kaffir lime? Luscious. What truly sets it apart, however, is its finesse with more-familiar flavors, like coffee, pistachio, even vanilla—not to mention a frozen chocolate mousse that’s better, and cheaper,… read more»

2008 BEST Ice Cream
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Christina’s

Cambridge

Partisans know Christina’s does weird very, very well. Honey-lavender? Refreshing. Kaffir lime? Luscious. What truly sets it apart, however, is its finesse with more-familiar flavors, like coffee, pistachio, even vanilla—not to mention a frozen chocolate mousse that’s better, and cheaper,… read more»

2007 BEST Ice Cream

Christina’s

Cambridge

Bostonians, you may have heard, eat more ice cream per capita than anyone else in America. That makes us a tough bunch to wow—which is exactly what Christina’s does with its 40 rotating offerings, many created with ingredients from its… read more»

2005 BEST Ice Cream

Christina’s

Cambridge

Yeah, yeah, we all scream for ice cream, but we go nuts over the creativity and whimsy of Christina’s. Owner Ray Ford draws inspiration from exotic spices, fruits, even vegetables, to come up with more than 45 flavors of ice… read more»