Hi everyone, guest blogger Katherine Curry again. Ice cream and frozen custard are year-round obsessions of mine. I realize some folks mistakenly think of ice cream as a seasonal, warm-weather treat — this leads to all sorts of unfortunate things, like certain ice cream parlors closing for the winter. Oh, the hardship!
Give us your ice cream suggestions after the jump…
I’m pretty sure all those closed-for-the-winter places have reopened, and it’s time for me to get to work! Here’s where you, the Small Bites reader, come in. In the coming months, I’ll be visiting and posting about many ice cream spots across the region, with a particular eye towards places making their own ice cream, or at least serving a regional producer’s ice cream, like Longford’s.
So tell me: Which ice cream places do you think should I visit, and what should I order? Leave your suggestions in the comments area, and thanks!
One place that recently reopened is Rita’s Italian Ice and Custard down in the Elmsford Multiplex Shopping Center. I know Rita’s is a chain/franchise, so it doesn’t meet my criteria. But I’m a sucker for frozen custard, which is hard to find in our area, so when I found myself in Elmsford on Sunday, I figured it was worth a taste. I got the classic vanilla/chocolate twirl.
It wasn’t the best frozen custard I’ve ever had. The flavors were okay, but the texture was a tiny bit spongy, and I detected some minuscule ice crystals in my first two spoonfuls. But honestly, I’m profoundly picky when it comes to ice cream — at least for the first few spoonfuls. Then I forget all about my critical judgments and devour whatever’s in front of me. Which is exactly what I did with Rita’s frozen custard. It was pretty good.
Rita’s menu has a lot going on — there’s Italian ice, frozen custard, and a whole bunch of offerings that are a mash-up of the two, like the Gelati, which is a layering of Italian ice and frozen custard. Here’s the inside of Rita’s, which has spiffy linoleum:
I’m now regretting I didn’t at least ask about Peeps ice — it wasn’t until I uploaded these pictures that I even noticed that sign. What could it be? The picture on the sign is disconcerting — a bright yellow slushy drink, which makes me worry that they’ve mutilated and pureed the little Peeps into mush. And speaking of seasonal treats, it’s probably gone already, now that Easter’s over. Drat!
Don’t forget to leave your ice cream suggestions below.
Rita’s Italian Ice and Custard
330 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford. 914-347-7482.