When someone’s an artisanal gelato master, or gelatiere, you know your sweet tooth is in good hands. At Gelato & Chill, Vincent Turco uses traditional Italian recipes to create small-batch, handmade gelato made from local, organic and additive-free ingredients. At Time Out Market Boston, must-try items include ricotta fig, stracciatella made with 70 percent Valrhona Guanaja chocolate bits, and creamy Sicilian pistachio. For those seeking dairy-free treats, a range of refreshing, water-based fruit sorbets are also available.
Like most American cities, Boston has a soft spot for ice cream. However, the Hub has been a hotbed of frozen innovation since the ’70s, when Steve Herrell began mixing Oreo shards into freshly churned batches in his (now-defunct) Somerville shop, Steve’s Ice Cream. Today, the best ice cream shops in Boston continue to satisfy adventurous eaters with their gourmet concoctions and bold ingredients—while still churning out the classics for those New England traditionalists. Take a night off from your diet and pair one of the best burgers in Boston or best pizzas in Boston with a sweet treat from these exceptional ice cream shops.
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