Summer may look a little different this year, but don’t count out a favorite tradition: ice cream. Plenty of Pittsburgh businesses are open and happy to serve you. Here’s a scoop on the best places to fix your ice cream craving this summer. 

Scoops Pittsburgh

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Scoops in Mt. Lebanon location has been serving up sweet treats since the 1930s – almost a hundred years of ice cream! And for good reason. Their  delicious ice cream, cakes, and cookies have kept customers coming back through the turn of the century. Don’t want to travel to Mt. Lebanon to try their ice cream? No worries. Visit one of their four other locations in the Pittsburgh area. 

Flavors to try: Pittsburgh Potholes (detectant dark chocolate with thick chunks of chocolate pieces), Piece of Cake ( yellow cake with chocolate swirls and pound cake pieces) 

Millie’s

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It’s safe to say that Millie’s is a fan-favorite of Pittsburghers. Their unique flavors, mouth-watering waffle cones, and beautiful interiors welcome customers back again and again. Not feeling like venturing to a store? Just add it to your grocery list. Millie’s is available at select grocery stores in the area. 

Flavors to try: The Best Chocolate (no explanation needed), Coffee Break (Coffee and cream ice cream blended together) 

Dave and Andy’s

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This spot is a college favorite of University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University students. The fragrant smell of fresh waffle cones will greet you on every visit, and make every trip back worthwhile. Fan of sorbet? You’re in luck. Dave and Andy’s has an extensive selection of sorbet and ice cream flavors to choose from in-store. 

Flavors to try: Salted Caramel,  Black Cherry Chocolate Chunk 

NatuRoll Creamery

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Looking for an unconventional way to eat ice cream? Try it rolled! NatuRoll Creamery uses techniques from Thailand and Hong Kong to make customizable ice cream. Pick your fillings, flavors, and more for a tailored to your tastebuds treat. 

Flavors to try: Monkey Business (your choice of ice cream with banana and nutella, peanut butter, or caramel), Tortoise ( your choice of ice cream with dark chocolate, sea salt, and caramel)  

Page Dairy Mart

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Summer in South Side is nothing without Page Dairy Mart – right? Okay, that may be a little dramatic, but it sure makes the summer better. Lines may be long for their soft serve, but are well worth the wait. In the mood for something even more fun? Try one of their specialty sundaes or arctic swirls ( soft serve with toppings mixed in).  

Flavors to try: Toasted coconut, Mango 

Mercurio’s

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Bummed about limited summer travel plans? Solve that by taking your tastebuds to Italy through a visit to Mercurio’s. Their gelato is rich, creamy, and sure to satisfy any summer sweet tooth.

Flavors to try: Dulce de Leche ( Carmel and cream), Tiramisu ( just like the dessert!)

Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor

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A stroll, sip, and summer in the Strip. This tongue twister is praise to any afternoon spent at Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor. Walk in, and be amazed by the old-fashion charm of their traditional ice cream counter. While you may not be able to sit at the bar quite yet, you can steal enough one of their tasty treats on the go. 

To try: Italian Cookie (Amaretto Syrup, Soda Water, and Cookie Dough Ice Cream), Raspberry Bliss (Raspberry Syrup, Soda Water, and Vanilla Ice Cream)

Fudge Farm

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Prefer your ice cream in milkshake form? Head to one of the three Fudge Farm locations in the Pittsburgh area. These are not your average milkshakes – each one is topped high with treats and whipped cream. 

To try: Urban Tap ( salted caramel with toasted brownies), Jagggerbush ( Peanut butter chocolate ice cream topped with chocolate pretzels)

Dine-in service is not available at any of the above locations at the time of publication. Check with individual social channels and websites to check for updated information. 

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Katherine Lewis

A Virginia native, Katherine moved to Pittsburgh in 2016 to attend the University of Pittsburgh. After earning her B.A. in Media and Professional Communications in December 2019, Katherine begun working as a Marketing Intern and Public Relations for two different Pittsburgh-based organizations. She loves to travel, read ( big Carnegie Library fan), and explore Pittsburgh during her free time! All while fueled by an unnecessary amount of caffeine, of course.

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