Summertime in the city of Pittsburgh means breezy outdoor adventures, , exciting days spent safely riding through Kennywood, misty lunches by the Point and… ice cream.
Pittsburgh is home to tons of delicious ice cream shops with locally made products that will have you coming back for more. I promise! I took to my friends and Family of Facebook - the true champion eaters of the 'Burgh - to find out where they scream for ice cream.
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New to the Pittsburgh ice cream scene, Happy Day Dessert Factory made its debut in March of 2020. After growing up working with his father in the frozen dessert business, 20 year old owner, Galen Moorer Jr., opened his own shop with Happy Day Dessert Factory in the North Side. The shop has more than 50 flavors of house-made, hand-packed hard ice cream flavors with 12 rotating at a time, house-made water ice and classic and vegan soft serve options.
Husband and Wife duo, Chad and Lauren Townsend love ice cream. Me too, guys. In 2014, Millie's Homemade Ice Cream - ice cream built on the foundations of all natural and local ingredients - was born. With flavors like Salted Hazelnut and Coconut Sorbet, I'd be lying if I said my mouth wasn't watering while looking at all the pictures. Aside from their shop, you can scoop up a pint of Millie's at a few local grocery stores! Cue me zooming to the nearest one...now.
Originally opened as a barbershop in the 60s by a local guy in the neighborhood, he decided 3 years later maybe hair wasn't his thing and moved on to the next best thing - ice cream. Though passed through several families' hands and building colors, one thing has remained the same - ice cream. With their claim to fame being "Pittsburgh's Largest Cone" with ice cream teetering at a towering 13 inches, Remember When will have you knocking on their door for more.
A family operated ice cream parlor of over 30 years, Sugar and Spice serves up the yummiest hard ice cream, soft serve, yogurt, cakes, and more! They also offer many different kits to-go such as sugar cookie, chocolate and ice cream sundae.
Ryan & Betsy Miller are accidental ice cream connoisseurs. After whipping up a delicious concoction in their kitchen, their friends and family were begging for more. Thus, Betsy's Ice Cream was born in 2012. All homemade with delicious flavors such as Vegan Chocolate, Blueberry Cheesecake, Lavender Raspberry and more, Betsy and co. love bringing the freshest flavors to the 'Burgh.
Okay, stay with me. Ice cream is pretty much perfect. But...have you had gelato? If you haven't I highly suggest you take a trip to Mercurio's in Shadyside. Their homemade gelato rotates with over 200 flavors...yes, two-hundred. With flavors like Death by Chocolate, Strawberry Cheesecake, Tiramisu and more, I can't think of anything else I should be doing right now than popping over and ordering two large scoops.
If there is one place in Pittsburgh South Hills Residents wills swear by, it's Page's. Known as the official start of spring and the soon arrival of summer, Page's is pegged as the local hot spot for all things ice cream. With lines wrapping around the store front and scaling along East Carson Street, Page's has been around for a long time - the 1900s! Once a gas station, a mansion, and market, Page's has been kept in the family and is now a delicious stop after a long day of shopping. Try my favorite, the Yinzer! A heath bar, mixed with chocolate and white chocolate pieces, with a warm blondie with hot caramel oozing down the side...Pittsburgh...Mighty, Beautiful, delicious.
This is one for the history books! Opened in 1923 as an apothecary and ice cream shop by James and Mary Kavlon, Kavlon's Ice Cream Parlor has seen it all. After a bout of vacancy from 1979-1999, it reopened and has been serving yummy cold treats since! With Bell telephone booths lining the back wall, glass cabinetry hovering over the bar, and small bistro tables and chairs scattered on the floor, Klavon's is a step into a tasty, cold time capsule.
With Locations in Brookline, Mt. Lebanon, Bloomfield, AND Bellevue, this local chain is a favorite for locals. Perfect for a stroll through one of Pittsburgh's unique 90 neighborhoods and delicious,of course! We wouldn't judge if you decided to tour through the city and try each location and find out which flavors are best.
Maybe I'm biased and maybe I'm influenced...but Dave and Andy's ice cream is something from my dreams. Hailing as a Pitt Alumna (Class of 2016!) Dave and Andy's reminds me of warm August nights sitting in Schenley Plaza with the Cathedral of Learning painting a dramatic silhouette against the sunset...oh, and the ice cream is phenomenal. Since 1983, Dave and Andy's has been crafting over 200 perfectly delicious ice cream flavors and hand rolled waffle cones. My personal favorite? Birthday Cake Ice Cream. With pieces of cake baked by D & A, it's completely mouth watering; but you could get any flavor of ice cream, yogurt, sherbet, and more and you'll be as happy as the college kid in line who just passed their organic chemistry exam. Hail to Ice Cream.