Summertime in the city of Pittsburgh means breezy Bucco games, exhausting and deliriously exciting days spent riding through Kennywood, misty lunches by the Point and… ice cream.
Pittsburgh is home to tons of local ice cream places with locally made products that will have you drooling 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.
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 built 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 nestled on the side of Route 51, Sugar and Spice serves up the yummiest hard ice cream, soft serve, yogurt, cakes, and more! They even took the shop on the road with their Sugar and Spice Ice Cream Truck. Summer 2016 is their 2nd year out on the roads with an even more mobility in their future...the Sugar and Spice Ice Cream Boat. Yes, that's right, you can dine with delicious ice cream on the Mon, Allegheny, or Ohio thanks to the ice cream professionals at Sugar and Spice. The boat isn't ready just yet, but when it is, you can bet I'll be diving headfirst into that!
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 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.
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.
What if I told you that you could eat ice cream and be charitable? Lucky for you, Dream Cream Ice Cream exists. In 2012, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership partnered with the Mayor's Office to launch Project Pop-Up in an effort to revitalize and revamp downtown neighborhoods. By combining fundraising and ice cream, founders Thomas Jamison and Alecia Shipman want to help others. It's simple - You apply to be a "dreamer" and identify your cause. You then pick an ice cream flavor out of 200+ flavors. Then, at the end of the month, you get a portion of those earnings that the flavor sold to go towards your dream. Sounds like an incredible deal to me!
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.
Abby is an obsessed Pittsburgh fangirl. Coming up at 22 years of living in her favorite city on earth, Abby can mostly be found galavanting around the glamorous streets of South Oakland, Dave & Andy’s cone in hand, taking Snapchat selfies in front of the dinosaurs scattered around the city, or petting her son — Bandit, the English Springer Spaniel. You can keep up with Abby through her adventures on all social media platforms at @AbbyStubenbort.