Toscanini's in Central Square with its blond wood, retro couches, and crowds of students and professors is a neighborhood meeting place with a global feel. How Cambridge. You can also tell walking in that the ice cream is a serious, technical business.
WHAT TO GET:
Try one of the chocolates: Chocolate Spanish Chili, Salted Chocolate, Belgian Chocolate, Cocoa Pudding, Black Bottom Pie . . . yes, there are more. WHEN TO GO:
The shop is open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day, year-round, and there's no wait at all mid-afternoon on weekdays. There are colossal lines (at least two hours) every July Fourth, but go any other day.
899 Main Street, Cambridge, 617-491-5877; www.tosci.com