by Abigail Miglorie
Photography by Stephen Vocaturo
It’s springtime. The days are getting longer and warmer and the trees are beginning to bloom. Fenway is gleaming with joyous Red Sox Fans and winter clothes are tucked away for the warm summer months.
With the warming sun and the refreshing spring and summer nights nourishing New England, the quintessential ice cream parlors of Boston once again fill with watering mouths and grumbling stomachs as the lines leak out the door.
Crèmes, rich cream and custard are a staple on hot Boston nights. You want ice cream so dense you have to bite it off your brown sugar waffle cone or cream so light it nearly melts on your tongue. Here are three of the best ice cream parlors in Boston that will satisfy your cravings for these sweet treats.
29 Church St., Cambridge, MA
One of several Boston hub spots to ease your ice cream craving this spring, Lizzy's in Harvard Square styles itself as a classic suburban scoop shop amidst the rampant city. With an aura of caramelized brown sugar and a fresh-tasting thick cream that fills the air, Lizzy’s boasts any flavor you could choose from. Your stress from classes will undoubtedly be eased while you unwind with a generous serving of a small crème. With a plethora of flavors and types such as sherbet, tofutti, fro-yo and dairy and sugar-free cream, each category of ice cream is complemented with unique flavors that are only spotted at Lizzy’s. Try a sweet Ginger, Mocha Almond, or delectable Maple Walnut cream. These can even be topped with several gooey toppings––or classic Jimmies––in a house-made cone that will satisfy your taste buds.
899 Main St., Cambridge, MA
For a more urbanized, hipster-hub across the Charles River, go to Boston’s critically acclaimed Toscanini's. Here you can indulge on a number of palatable homemade goodies. Justifiably famous for its burnt caramel ice cream flavor that is both smoky and sweet at the same time, Toscanini’s also serves a variety of house-brewed coffee and tea to fulfill your caffeine needs and to complement your dessert. Toscanini’s offers nearly 32 ice cream flavors, a number of cakes and cookies, homemade whipped cream to top your ice cream and of course, soft-serve cones (yes, a Twist is possible too). Toscanini’s uses fresh ingredients to ensure the greatest quality with the most delicious flavor.
481 Cambridge St., Allston, MA
If you prefer a vegan-friendly option but your mouth is watering from reading this article, FoMu will save you. A food-focused and earth-inspired ice cream parlor, FoMu utilizes 100% plant-based, kosher pareve and allergy-friendly desserts. These treats are produced from organic, non-GMO and locally sourced ingredients. Hand churned and sweetened with agave nectar, FoMu’s ice cream is produced with gelato-inspired consistency that has a silky, tangy bite. Devour a bourbon maple walnut, melted cookie dough, lavender or a classic vanilla bean ice cream with this earth friendly alternative.