Toscanini's Ice Cream gone?

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2008/01/18 14:05:21 (permalink)

Toscanini's Ice Cream gone?

The local papers are reporting that Toscanini's ice cream in Cambridge has been seized by the state for non-payment of a variety of taxes. According to The Globe, Toscanini's was once called the best ice cream in the world by the New York Times.

I haven't had it in about ten years, but it was some of the best ice cream available in a town that's pretty serious about ice cream.

Can anyone comment/compare on the ice cream from another member of the Rancatore family? The Globe says there's a shop in Belmont.
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    Stephen Rushmore Jr.
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    RE: Toscanini's Ice Cream gone? 2008/01/18 14:54:37 (permalink)
    I am shocked! Not only is it some of the best ice cream in New England, but with the prices they charged they should have no problem paying those taxes.
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    RE: Toscanini's Ice Cream gone? 2008/01/18 15:02:36 (permalink)
    I have never been to Toscanini's, but I ate at Rancatore's in Lexington on Sunday and thought the ice cream was very, very good. The real expert on this subject matter would definitely be Ceci, though.

    I am sorry to hear about the closing!

    Stephen-
    Can you answer something for me? After the fried clam/roast beef sandwich Roadfood tour in 2006, you had some ice cream for us. Was it from Christina's or Toscanini's? We were discussing this last weekend.
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    RE: Toscanini's Ice Cream gone? 2008/01/18 15:58:32 (permalink)
    As good - even great - as Toscanini's Ice Cream is (was?!?!) some people are good bsuiness people and some just are not.

    Gus is a very nice man and a great ice cream maker... but he just wasn't a good businessman. Sometimes that happens.

    I'm sad for him... and anyone who misses it can head out to Belmont or Lexington for Rancatore's Ice Cream - which IMHO is actually better. But I *am* biased!

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    RE: Toscanini's Ice Cream gone? 2008/01/18 16:23:46 (permalink)
    Say it ain't so, Joe!!! I loved that place and adored their Grape Nut ice cream. I was hoping to review them on my next trip to Boston. Sadly, all things must come to an end.
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    RE: Toscanini's Ice Cream gone? 2008/01/18 17:24:50 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by billyboy

    Say it ain't so, Joe!!! I loved that place and adored their Grape Nut ice cream. I was hoping to review them on my next trip to Boston. Sadly, all things must come to an end.


    Is this insider knowledge or just random coincidence??!! " />
    Gus's brother is Joe (Rancatore) and you can still get Grape Nut ice cream (though Joe's is Grape Nut Raisin) at the Belmont & Lexington locations I mentioned & took Buffetbuster to..... see his pic on the Durgin Park thread.
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    RE: Toscanini's Ice Cream gone? 2008/01/18 17:36:14 (permalink)
    Is that the place in Harvard Square?....Russ
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    RE: Toscanini's Ice Cream gone? 2008/01/18 18:58:00 (permalink)
    The ice cream at the end of the New England Eating tour was from Christina's.
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    RE: Toscanini's Ice Cream gone? 2008/01/18 21:00:31 (permalink)
    Thanks Stephen! I hate being wrong!
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    RE: Toscanini's Ice Cream gone? 2008/01/18 22:22:56 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Russ Jackson

    Is that the place in Harvard Square?....Russ


    There is one in Harvard Square, yes. Or was perhaps? I haven't looked for it in a long time.

    FYI rumor has it that Gus is negotiating with the state and might be able to re-open next week. Note I said MIGHT.

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    RE: Toscanini's Ice Cream gone? 2008/01/19 20:59:19 (permalink)
    Hey ceci,

    Just a random coincidence. I've been using the Shoeless Joe reference a lot lately for some reason.
    quote:
    Originally posted by cecif

    quote:
    Originally posted by billyboy

    Say it ain't so, Joe!!! I loved that place and adored their Grape Nut ice cream. I was hoping to review them on my next trip to Boston. Sadly, all things must come to an end.


    Is this insider knowledge or just random coincidence??!! " />
    Gus's brother is Joe (Rancatore) and you can still get Grape Nut ice cream (though Joe's is Grape Nut Raisin) at the Belmont & Lexington locations I mentioned & took Buffetbuster to..... see his pic on the Durgin Park thread.

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    RE: Toscanini's Ice Cream gone? 2008/01/19 21:45:58 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by billyboy

    Hey ceci,

    Just a random coincidence. I've been using the Shoeless Joe reference a lot lately for some reason.


    Oh shucks... would've been more fun if you had said you were psychic!

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    RE: Toscanini's Ice Cream gone? 2008/01/20 04:52:15 (permalink)
    Ceci-
    If anyone had the inside scoop (pun intended), I knew it would be you!
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