We're not talking those saccharine, syrupy ices you get in the supermarket, we're talking the smooth, flavorful Italian corner store type. Recently I received word of a REALLY good ice place in Bayside, something that would knock all the others out the water. Or ice.
Upon my first visit to Pesso's, it was immediately after a long spring walk and I didn't have my camera, but I can tell you that Silly and I were blown away. The storefront has been around for years, it was a change of ownership a few years ago that brought new recipes. The Italian ice is soft and smooth which is hard to find in my area-most of the ices are hard with large ice crystals. The cream ice is creamy and smooth too, and entirely delicious. I wish cream ice would catch on in more places. But the quality of the ices wasn't the only thing we were amazed by, the list of flavors is out of control. They have the regular flavors, but they also have crazy exotic ones: ice café ice, peanut butter & jelly cream ice, mango gelato, etc. It was evident that I would have to return to test some of these out. My first return trip included the red raspberry and blueberry ices above. Fruity, sweet, and light, this combo was the perfect ending to a hot spring day.
For another trip, I took my nephew who got the cookies 'n cream and cake batter ice cream in a cone. Creamy and rich, this ice cream was luxurious and a definite treat, and notably better than any in my neck of the woods.
My decision was the Elvis cream ice, a chocolate base with peanut butter and banana, the only thing it is missing is bacon. Even though it's sans bacon, it's still delicious and would make its namesake proud.
Pesso's 203-20 35th Avenue, on the corner of 204th Street Bayside, Queens (718) 224-9130 www.pessosices.com