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Pinocchio's Original Italian Ice Cream

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362 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-7436
+1 239-472-6566
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is absolutely the best ice cream I have ever tasted. It was so good that we went back the next night. I believe that everyone that comes to the island knows about this ice cream because they were all there both nights. Make sure you go a dry night because the line snakes out into the parking lot. The... More 

Thank AineFlorida
Mountain Top, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited twice, one with the spouse and once alone. Go for small unless you are sharing. Or really want to pig out. Like did the second time.

Thank Brian M
Pittsford, Vermont
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is the best on the island for ice cream!!! Make sure you are hungry as the portions are huge!!! And don't be afraid to wait in line!! Very busy but well worth the wait!!Great staff!!

Thank Marleen C
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We went again this year. Twice in fact. Many unusual flavors like Sanibel crunch, and Green Gator. Two mediums were $11.00 with probably almost a pint of ice cream very good. I did try a ginger ice cream one day and found it low on flavor, but oh well, try another. The double chocolate is decadent! I think we saw... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Too salty and sweet for me. The long lines were not that worth it really. All the different flavors were fun to choose from though. Not sure it's worth the hype. No where to sit inside either on a hot day.

Thank Martyn G
Osterville, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You are probably the only people who don't know about this place so expect a line. Great local gathering spot. Gelato, sugar-free ice cream, sundaes, everything. Remember, you're on vacation, no calories in anything.

Thank Oville
Dayton, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very large servings and great flavors. Loved the mocha java in the waffle cone. I should have tried some other flavors but just kept coming back for mocha java. The family enjoyed the vanilla and double chocolate too. It can be crowded, so plan to stand in line a while. Well worth the wait.

Thank M S
Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's ice cream - so it's not bad, but just didn't feel this was amazing. But we didn't think it was worth the line. Our kids enjoyed it. The portions were HUGE. The kids got the kids size and it was still two scoops of ice cream. We tried both of the specialty flavors and thought they were good, not... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This great ice cream stop is one of the many on Sanibel that offers delicious and unique flavors of ice cream don't go off the island if you haven't tried the dirty sand dollar it is really good but you will have to wait because everyone else knows of its location and where to get ice cream so plan ahead.

Thank Andy H
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are anywhere near the Sanibel Lighthouse, stop here for a treat. The ice cream is delicious and the baked goods are not your average! Really delicious morning pastries, muffins, sweet and savory. Desserts, macaroons and macarons too!

Thank BWCarter

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 362 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-7436
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sanibel Island
  • Phone Number: +1 239-472-6566
A Sanibel tradition since 1980,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. 10 Time Winner BEST of the ISLANDS BEST ICE CREAM including 2014, '14 BEST GELATO and '14 BEST FROZEN YOGURT, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?