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“Loved the ice cream”

Pinocchio's Original Italian Ice Cream
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $10
Cuisines: Fast Food
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Takeout
Description: 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
Reviewed August 5, 2014

Great place. Big line, because it's so good! Giant servings! Closes at nine. Wish it was later! Worth the trip

Thank dagny1028
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Reviewed August 5, 2014

We went to the ice cream shop based on recommendations from others. I didn't think it was spectacular - it was good, but not great! The portions are, however, very large! I only wanted a small amount of ice cream, so I ordered the small. It was probably 4-5 scoops - far too much for me to eat and around $5 with tax. Next time I will order a kiddie size! The employee behind the counter was not friendly - just served the food and answered questions in as few words as possible. There is only limited outside seating, and ice cream melts quickly in Florida!

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1  Thank Shirley H
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Reviewed August 5, 2014

Kids always remember going to Pinocchio's. It is a very unique Ice cream parlor. It has become
a tradition with most Sanibel lovers.
Voted Best Ice Cream in Gulf Coast America from National Geographic Travel Guide - Best of the Islands (Best Dessert) and Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor.
Located 362 Periwinkle Way.
They offer Ice Creams, Gelato, Sorbets, Frozen Yogurt and shakes, malts and smoothies - also
frozen coffee drinks.
Don't leave without enjoying this experience!
My favorites include Toasted almond Coconut, Sanibel Krunch and Dirty Sanddollar...Mango sorbet....so many to pick from.....

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Thank Rainstorm
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Reviewed August 4, 2014

Loved the homemade ice cream here. Great flavors as the sandollar and sanibel kruch were great ! So many flavors and so many options and the prices were not bad. Loved the seating outdoors too.

Thank Brian F
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Reviewed August 4, 2014

I've visited Pinocchio's on previous trips to Sanibel, and was disappointed this time around. The shop has expanded since our last visit - an understandable change given its popularity - but unfortunately, it was not designed with the long line in mind. The line snaked around in ways that made it difficult to navigate into the store and around the counter, and it was confusing to some people who came in the door, who ended up cutting in line because they didn't understand how the line worked. Putting the register at the other end of the counter would be a smart move, rather than having the line double back on itself.

The line was just an inconvenience, though. What was really disappointing was the annoyed attitude of all of the employees behind the counter. Every one of them seemed irritated any time a customer didn't have their order 100% planned by the time they reached the beginning of the ice cream case. Considering that nobody can actually see the names of the flavors until they reach the case, this is a ridiculous thing to get annoyed about. How about helping customers out by smiling and letting them know their options? Or posting a complete list of flavors in a place where everybody can see them? It's not unusual for families with young children to need more than 3 seconds to make selections - it's strange for people who work in an ice cream shop in a vacation destination not to understand and accommodate this. There are other options for ice cream on Sanibel; if this level of service is normal now for Pinocchio's, I'd recommend that people buy their desserts elsewhere.

5  Thank theloushe
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