You all know about my love of ice cream (as exhibited here, here, and especially here), so it should come as no surprise that once Fall makes its entrance, I am no stranger to pumpkin - anything, much less - ice cream. By this point, I've had every dairy brand's version of pumpkin ice cream, but one scoop really got my attention: Aglamesis Brothers.
After a night's dinner, the night could only be topped off with a scoop of ice cream. As a group of friends and I wandered through Oakley (a Cincinnati neighborhood named for its many oak trees), we stumbled, rather I pushed everyone, inside Aglamesis Brothers for a scoop of ice cream. It was a trip down memory lane as we entered. The marble counter and glass candy displays scream 1908 soda and ice cream parlor. It also brings to mind the time my dad introduced my younger brother and I to this Cincinnati staple for a scoop of vanilla ice cream as kids (I wasn't a very adventurous youngster).
Take a seat in one of the coveted wire and marble cafe tables and soon you're greeted by a friendly server who takes your ice cream order. There aren't too many ice cream shops where someone comes to you and takes your order. A characteristic that sets Aglamesis apart from its competition. A brief look over the menu and I ordered a sundae made with pumpkin ice cream and butterscotch sauce, the underappreciated sundae topping.
I was unprepared for the darkness of the pumpkin ice cream. Most brands' are bright orange or a pale peach color with specks of cinnamon. But Aglamesis? Dark and proud of it. With one bite, this sundae made its way to number one on my list. The creamy, spiced flavor of this scroop tells you it's made the old fashioned way. Drizzled, maybe covered, with butterscotch only heightened the flavor and sweetness of each bite. And there's no better way to top off a sundae than with fresh whipped cream.
Upon each visit it is clear why Aglamesis Brothers' ice cream and candies have lasted for more than 100 years.