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Carmen's Italian Ice

1115 Nelson St, Rockville, MD 20850-2030
301-545-1154
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Ranked #34 of 342 restaurants in Rockville
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Ice Cream
Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Takeout
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Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Takeout
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English first
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Carmen's Italian Ice is a wonderful neighborhood establishment that the surrounding community absolutely loves. The cost is quite reasonable and the treats, especially the ices, are top notch, all served by a friendly staff.

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Sacramento, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Surprisingly friendly with special kid's space but lots of humor and fun for adults too, and most importantly extremely tasty Italian ice the way it was served up in NY or NJ in white crinkly paper cups 1/2 century ago. A Rockville gem.

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Highland Lakes, New Jersey
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272 reviews 272 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Carmen's offers a wide selection of Italian Ices, Frozen Custard, and Gelati. We tried all of them in various flavors and everything was good. Service was excellent, but the place seemed dirty to me and that was turn off.

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U.S.
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Locally owned custard and ices shop. Folks, this is the real deal, not some cookie-cutter chain. Creamy, flavorful jersey-style custard (not remotely like the slop served at DQ) in a variety of flavors. A wider variety of ice flavors, some better than others (the lemon is the best), and you can mix the two (gelati). The 8th of every month... More

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Annandale, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

I discovered Carmen's Food Cart at today's Takoma Park Folk Festival. Normally I don't mess with frozen custard because I remember the rich, high fat custards of my youth and today's custards seem wimpy by comparison. I decided to try Carmen's Gelati however when a satisfied customer described her "Thai Dye" Gelati to me--pepper-mango-coconut ice wedged between layers of vanilla... More

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Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013 via mobile

The chocolate, mango and strawberry lemon ices were thrown away half finished. The gelati was liked but was not finished. I liked and finished my frozen custard but that may be why I'm pudgy.

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Gaithersburg, MD
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110 reviews 110 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

This shop is fantastic for frozen desserts. They give free tastes, opinions, suggestions, and smiles! The server who helped us was so nice - when we couldn't decide between 3 different types and flavors, she offered to mix all three in one cup! The best thing of all was that everything was really good. This company not only turns out... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

We went on Jayden day (Monday) for their discounted ice cream and had the custard pie cup. There was a line when we got there which we waited in for about 15 minutes but since it was a pleasant night, it was fine. The pie part was just stewed apples so maybe they ran out of the pastry but the... More

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Rockville
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

Great place for ice cream & related cold frozen stuff. An honest-to-goodness local institution in the north end of Rockville. The staff welcomes everybody as a friend and neighbor, even if you are walking in for the first time. Owner Jason & his associates set the gold standard as staunch Rockville community supporters. Their mobile truck selling ice cream is... More

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3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012 via mobile

This is THE PLACE to go for dessert in Rockville! The homemade ices are wonderful, and the frozen custard with their unlimited topping bar is always a hit with the kids. Jason and company have built a business that is so much a part of our city that you can't really have a Rockville event without Carmen's!

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