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Toscanini's Ice Cream

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Fast Food
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899 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02139-3512
617-491-5877
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8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night

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  • 165
    Excellent
  • 43
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best Ice Cream in Boston.

As the title says (although it's in Cambridge). My friends introduced me to the place when I first arrived in Cambridge, and I was blown away by their ice cream. Since then, I've returned many times, while visiting other ice cream places such as JP Licks and alternative ice cream shops like... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
George C
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Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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English first
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

As the title says (although it's in Cambridge). My friends introduced me to the place when I first arrived in Cambridge, and I was blown away by their ice cream. Since then, I've returned many times, while visiting other ice cream places such as JP Licks and alternative ice cream shops like FoMu. The ice cream at Tosconini's really are... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

If this is the world's best ice-cream, I need to find a new world to live in :). Large ice crystals in both my choices. Quite bland taste. I do not really understand what the reputation is based on. E.g. JP Licks in Boston has much better quality ice cream.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Perhaps it was because of the amazing reviews and considerably massive expectations, but I feel like I was a bit let down here. The flavors were really nice, and there were a ton of interesting ones to choose from (maybe too many?). After taking an annoyingly long time (sorry, but these decisions are important to me), I decided on the... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Local standby for the absolute best in ice cream. Cocoa pudding is my favorite flavor. Cool Kendall Square-y hangout space with industrial-strength laptop outlets. Nice: water fountain/bottle filler. Expensive but worth it.

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Fayetteville, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Lots of flavors to choose. Long lines move pretty quickly. Don't be discouraged if the line is out the door.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Had a cone of French Vanilla after a salty lunch. What a wonderful experience! My ragged taste buds were totally recovered.

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Boston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

On a warm day, the line at Toscanini's can often reach well past the two large community tables then out the door. It's certainly family and kid friendly with an accessible sink right next to the entrance to wash your kids' (or your own) ice cream covered hands. I've tried a number of their signature flavors, but my favorite is... More 

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Cambridge
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

But be prepared to wait in line during the nice weather nights... I walked down the other night as I was jonesing for an icecream cone...and the line was way out the door...I left and went home empty. Bummer. Otherwise...its one of the best!

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Stopped in after dinner one night for dessert. Lots of interesting flavors, and they taste great. Portion size is reasonable.

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Be prepared to wait in the longest ice cream line, knowing it's totally worth it. Saffron Vanilla bean? Basil? Mexican Chocolate! The flavors can be a little bizarre- go ahead and try a couple, or three... Or four- the folks behind the counter are super nice, you'll find a new favorite flavor fast!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 899 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02139-3512
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: 617-491-5877

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Fast Food

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm

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