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Pinocchio's Original Italian Ice Cream

362 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
+1 239-472-6566
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $6
Cuisines: Dessert, Fast Food, Ice Cream, Family Fare
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Description: A Sanibel tradition for 33 years,Pinocchio's is a landmark for islanders and visitors alike. All ice cream, frozen yogurt, gelato, custard, sorbet and sorbetto is made fresh daily in "Pinocchio's Lab" on premises from the finest & freshest ingredients. Family owned and operated, we serve 37 flavors of our 130+ repertoire daily. Recipient of BEST of the ISLANDS awards each year '04, '05, '07, '08, '09, '10, '11, '12, '13, Nat'l Geographics top 10 Best ice creams in Gulf coast America and many more accolades from events, organizations and local food critics. We appreciate our Customers and consider Customer Satisfaction carefully. To our new Customers, Thank You for Coming In and Trying Our Signature Ice Creams. To our returning Customers, Welcome Home. Gustare! The Puma Family
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Hockley
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

After reading all of the raving reviews for Pinocchio's, we decided to have ice cream after dinner. When we pulled up to the ice cream shop, we had to talk ourselves into getting out of the truck to get into line. The line was winding around the little shop. The good news is that they are pretty efficient at getting... More

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Sanibel Island, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We are locals on the island and visit an average of 1x/week. Yes, there is often a long line. We avoid going right after dinner. We love the ice cream flavors and malts/shakes. The staff is friendly and makes an effort to recognize you after you visit repeatedly. There is a nice porch out front with benches on which to... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We tried to go to Pinochio's twice last week. On our first attempt at trying to figure out how to navigate the crazy line set up, we left after a costumer yelled in my daughter's face while we were inquiring where the end of the line was. Not one of the employees attempted to offer direction. We tried again the... More

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Raleigh
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

The system to wait in line is goofy. It was hectic and I really couldn't think, as they shuffled us down the line. The ice cream was great. Kids had the fruit flavored which I thought was sorbet but i think it was yogurt. Had the mocha chip. It's nice to sit out on the deck and eat. An island... More

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Georgetown, Kentucky, United States
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52 reviews 52 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

I was told by many people that this place was a "must do" on Sanibel. We went on a Saturday night (big mistake) and the line was out the door. We ordered two smalls (I had birthday cake and my husband had peanut butter) and ate in our car. I was expecting amazing, what I got was average. Flavors did... More

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Georgetown, Kentucky
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

I might give this place 4 stars if it was actually worth waitng for. After standing in line for almost 25 minutes in a tight cramped up.... closet like line, with only 1 little fan. I was unimpressed, all the hype that I heard about this place. It didnt live up to my expectation. They had ice cream and gelato.... More

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St. Louis, Missouri
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85 reviews 85 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Pinocchio's was a place I heard I HAD to visit. Having gone through the cattle call of craziness, I liked it, but I liked other ice cream on the island more. There aren't a whole lot of "original" flavors. Sanibel Krunch is the famous one, and it was good, but one thing I didn't like was that in every bite,... More

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florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We visit Sanibel in the summer but have never eaten ice cream here. It was so delicious they served so much ice cream for the price. The waffle cone are simply yummy and the atmosphere is friendly and cheerful. The best part is the front porch with the colorful chairs to eat your treat.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

This is one of our favorite places in the world. The ice cream is second to none! We've travelled in Italy and were thrilled to see a shop that had gelato. This place can't be beat!

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Stewartsville, New Jersey
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Came here twice during our 4 night stay on Sanibel. Excellent homemade ice cream! My favorite was the "wedding bells" almond flavor. They will provide samples to help you decide. It was crowded but service was friendly and well-organized.

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