Nasto’s Ice Cream Co
236 Jefferson St, Newark NJ
The above sentence, second only to “So what, no fuckin’ ziti now?” tops my list of favorite lines from HBO’s “The Sopranos”, the TV show which put Northern New Jersey on the map. But until recently, I had never actually been to Nasto’s itself, because they don’t keep late hours. Rachel and I usually end up in the Ironbound around dinnertime and the place is usually closed when we try to go — 6:30PM is when they shut their doors.
When it comes to ice cream, Nasto’s is totally old school — no nouveau flavors here, it’s all hardcore traditional Italian-American stuff like amaretto, cherry vanilla and pistachio, all of them excellent and super-dense. But where Nasto’s excels is its specialty ice cream desserts, such as its killer tartufos, reginettas, ice cream cake rolls, spumonis, tortonis and sorbetto-stuffed frozen fruit shells, which it sells to commercial businesses for food service use, such as for private clubs and upscale Italian restaurants.
The Nasto’s factory storefront on Jefferson Street in the Ironbound.
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Ice Cream Cake Rolls, one of the many specialty desserts Nasto’s produces for food service establishments — which you can buy and take home.
Prepacked half gallon containers of Ice Cream.
Individially portioned Sorbettos in fruit shells.
Need a box of portion controlled Spumonis?
Here’s a visual chart showing some of their more popular desserts.
Nasto’s also makes all sorts of regular Italian-American style cakes and desserts as well.
Reginettas (“Little Queens”). These are described as “a thin layer of chocolate sponge cake laced with raspberry sauce, amaretto ice cream and a maraschino cherry in the center. The sides are rolled in a toasted amaretto crunch, topped with bittersweet chocolate drizzle and an almond paste crown”.
Chocolate Italian Ice. Perhaps the best I’ve ever had.
Lemon Ice, with lots of candied lemon peel in it. Also probably the best I’ve ever had.
Lemon ice after a couple of bites. As you can see the candied lemon peel is quite prominent.