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Aglamesis Bros.

3046 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH - (513) 531-5196
Posted By Michael Stern on 10/2/2010 5:10:00 AM
When I mentioned a trip to Cincinnati in a recent Roadfood newsletter, I was deluged with suggestions of where to go, among them Aglamesis Bros. for ice cream. The sweet shop was high on several people's must-eat list; Chris Brubaker described it as "a beautiful little cafe with a turn-of-the-century Italian marble countertop." After a morning of delicious goetta and a stroll through the Findlay Market with Anne Mitchell, dining editor of Cincinnati's alt-weekly newspaper, CityBeat, we managed to get to Aglamesis Bros. just about noon. Anne said that most connoisseurs come down strongly in favor of either Graeter's or Aglamesis; and it was her opinion that the decision depended on whether you like maximum butterfat (which Graeter's delivers) or supersweetness (an Aglamesis trait).

I did not compare the two side by side, but let me tell you that I never would kick Aglamesis Bros. ice cream off my table! Pumpkin -- an autumn-only flavor -- was as dark as Indian pudding, a just-right balance of spice and cream. Fresh banana delivered real equatorial fruit flavor and was haloed magnificently by a bounteous application of house-made bittersweet chocolate sauce, plus dense whipped cream and a hail of chopped pecans.

On the way out, we stared longingly at cases full of barks, clusters, truffles and turtles, but managed to leave with some semblance of appetite intact for further Queen City eating in the afternoon. Please watch for upcoming reviews and Roadfood Digest posts.

There is a second location at 9899 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati, OH. 513-791-7082

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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A two step sundae means two scoops of ice cream, sauce of choice, whipped cream and nuts. It's tough choosing the ice cream. French vanilla is the standard sundae flavor; this one was made with fresh banana. Double chocolate chip is the one I want to sample next time. As for sauce, the choice is daunting, but I do not regret going with bittersweet chocolate.
"A two step sundae means two scoops of ice cream, sauce of choice, whipped cream and nuts. It's tough choosing the ice cream. French vanilla is the standard sundae flavor; this one was made with fresh banana. Double chocolate chip is the one I want to sample next time. As for sauce, the choice is daunting, but I do not regret going with bittersweet chocolate. "
Michael Stern





Two special autumn flavors were available the first day of October: pumpkin, pictured here, and cinnamon.
"Two special autumn flavors were available the first day of October: pumpkin, pictured here, and cinnamon."
Michael Stern


Pictures of the early days of Aglamesis Bros. at the beginning of the 20th century show what look to be the same tile floor and chairs!
"Pictures of the early days of Aglamesis Bros. at the beginning of the 20th century show what look to be the same tile floor and chairs!"
Michael Stern


You've got to love the Aglamesis Bros.' motto: 'Ice Cream and Candy Made the Sincere Way Since 1908.' This particular sweet shop opened in 1913, five years after the brothers started their first place in Norwood.
"You've got to love the Aglamesis Bros.' motto: 'Ice Cream and Candy Made the Sincere Way Since 1908.' This particular sweet shop opened in 1913, five years after the brothers started their first place in Norwood."
Michael Stern


The livery here is pink, from the brick wall outside to the fan blades inside and the sweaters worn by the staff.
"The livery here is pink, from the brick wall outside to the fan blades inside and the sweaters worn by the staff."
Michael Stern



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