In Italy, ice is so abundant that it even comes in exotic flavors such as spaghetti meatballs and clam linguine, both of which have completely supplanted their unfrozen counterparts. Today's Groupon gives you a taste of this ethereal international delicacy: for $5, you get $10 worth of Italian ice and frozen treats at Rita's on South St.
Backed by a premium-ice-cream-peddling history that stretches to the 1920s, Häagen-Dazs scoops out frozen-treat signature flavors from its slew of nationally scattered shops. Guests can fill kiddie ($3.25), regular ($4.25), large ($5.25), and abandoned-ice-cream-truck sizes of cups and cones with sweet swirls of classic chocolate or sink cuspids into a layered Dazzler dessert ($6.75). Waffle cones cradle chilled dollops in plain (add $0.75) or dipped (add $1) shells, and toppings such as sauces and syrups (add $0.50) dapple confectionary landscapes. Steep taste buds in rich sips of a belgian-chocolate shake ($5.75) or imbibe a Sorbet Sipper ($4.75–$5.25), a tasty hybrid of naturally fat-free fruit flavors created more efficiently than shelving bananas alongside apples and hoping that they procreate. Alternatively, hand-packed pints of ice cream (a $5.95 value each) deliver a hearty helping of Häagen-Dazs's cavalcade of sweet-tooth satisfiers, including limited-edition seasonal flavors, such as coconut macaroon and spiced caramel biscuit.
In a bustling shopping district among footwear stores, tattoo parlors, and record shops rests Richmond Ice Cream, a parlor with heat-squelching sundaes, milkshakes, water ices, and other chilled, sweet treats. Among their talents, the staff hand-dips cones to order, ensuring that each swirl of soft-serve is deliciously armored from hungry mouths for its first five seconds of existence. The team also blends soft-serve ice cream with a medley of toppings to make cooling blizzards.
Helmed by Fabio Scarpelli, an energetic Italian with a serious sweet tooth, Golosa is best known for its dozen varieties of hot drinking chocolate. Unlike the messy, powder-based brews chugged in ski lodges and space stations that haven't yet realized they've been abandoned, Golosa's cups of cocoa are thick, authentic, and velvety smooth. Try the spicy Peperoncino kicked up with red chili pepper ($6), or sink into the warm caramel base of the salty, gooey Salata al Caramello ($6). Equally exotic elixirs such as the Cardamom and White Pepper ($6) and Speziata ($6) pair well with the tiramisu, chocolate crème brûlée, pumpkin cheesecake, and other forkable treats on Golosa's rotating menu.