Loyalists to a popular local ice cream shop won’t have to put their winter cravings for a chilly treat on hold after all.
Toscanini’s, the 37-year-old Cambridge ice cream destination that has appeared on multiple lists of best ice cream shops in the country, has closed temporarily. But not to fear, a new location just over one mile away opened its doors on Thursday.
Co-owner Gus Rancatore said he had hoped the original Toscanini’s location in Central Square would be closed two weeks, but renovations to ensure the space is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act will force the space to be closed longer. He said he did not know how long that would be.
Luckily, Rancatore and Mimi Rancatore, his sister and co-owner of the shop, had been scouting out a second location when they got the news.
“We’ve been making ice cream at the same location since 1981. We expanded our customer area, but we never expanded the production facilities and we needed more room,” Rancatore said. “We weren’t sure we could spend another year where we were without expanding.”
Located near the CambridgeSide Galleria in East Cambridge, the new Toscanini’s location at 159 First St. is about 3,500 square feet, allowing the Rancatores to install a display kitchen and accommodate 40 customers at a time. Ice cream production will solely be at the new location moving forward.
“We wanted a space where you could see the ice cream makers working and the ice cream makers would not be hidden away,” Rancatore said. “That’s partly because I still make ice cream, but we think it’s part of having a positive working environment.”
The new location has similar offerings to the original Toscanini’s, serving 32 flavors of ice cream, espressos, cappuccinos, shakes, and more.
Toscanini’s, 159 First St., Cambridge, tosci.com.