NJ Dining: Nasto’s

Nasto’s Ice Cream Co
236 Jefferson St, Newark NJ
(973) 589-3333

“I got Nasto’s!”

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.

Click on the “Read the rest of this entry” link below to see ice cream photos and commentary.

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”.

Mini Pastries.

Chocolate-dipped Cannolis

Regular cannolis.

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.

5 Responses to NJ Dining: Nasto’s

  1. John Fox says:

    I’ve heard of Nasto’s many times, but this is the first time I’ve seen pictures. Everything looks great, especially the ice cream cake roll. Best line of the Sopranos: when Christopher and Adriana were the only white people in a fast food burger place and were being ignored, Christopher yelled out, “What am I, Mark Fuhrman?”

  2. Hey! It’s great to have found your blog!! I just moved over to wordpress.com myself. I’ll “see” you around eG!

    The Italian ice looks AWESOME!


  3. […] Mediterranean Manor as seen from Jefferson Street. The building is quite large as in addition to having a full service Portuguese and Brazilian restaurant, it has a catering facility and a take-out business as well. Across the street is Mediterranean Manor’s large parking lot, which makes it an ideal restaurant if you’re going with a group of people. Mediterranean Manor is also one block away from Nasto’s Ice Cream. […]

  4. Diane Sala says:

    I used to work in the Ironbound section of Newark and went there for some “afternoon delights”. I can attest that the pictures above don’t do the taste any justice (all look scrumptous). Everything is even better tasting that it looks, if you can believe that. I know that they supply restaurants in the Northeast with their killer Tartufo, etc. Their gelato is the best. I wonder if they have a website. I could not find one. I live in South Carolina now and would be interested in having them ship to me. (yes, that is how good it is).

  5. Kristi Green says:

    I’m looking for my cousin. Are you from Oklahoma?

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