BEST ICE CREAM PARLOR - 2008
Crema Café is a sweet spot in south Minneapolis. Sitting pretty at the corner of 34th Street and Lyndale Avenue, it looks like a Tuscan oasis, even when the blackened snow is still piled up on the corner. Once inside, fortified with a pasta dish and glass of wine, your attentions will surely turn to the case filled with Sonny's ice cream. What to select? The glistening berry sorbets, the exotic green tea, the charming tiramisu, the old-school spumoni, or the perfect vanilla bean? Handmade with fresh and organic ingredients, this ice cream is borne out of love and artistry developed over decades, following traditions developed by the much-beloved Martin "Sonny" Siron, who recently passed away. Although some of the flavors are experimental (green tea, cantaloupe lime, blood orange sorbet) there is nothing but good old-fashioned ingredients at their base. Whether enjoyed outdoors on a hot and humid summer day or directly (and decadently) from a pint container in front of the television, this is ice cream to savor, to appreciate, and, if you're so inclined, to share.