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Ice Cream near I-80 in Pennsylvania

Elliot | Jun 13, 2005 11:07 AM

Hungry travelers looking for a place for lunch along Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania might consider this: We got off the highway heading east at Exit 242 to avoid a massive construction delay on the edge of Luzerne County and discovered (up Route 339 then onto Route 93), in a tiny town I had never heard of called Nescopeck, an ice cream and burger, summer only joint called Cruisers Corner at 1001 Third Street. You can also hit it from Exit 256 (a bit of a shorter drive along Route 93 all the way, across a beautiful mountain ridge and down into the river valley). Absolutely worth a 10 mile side trip --homemade Italian sausage and Italian meatball subs with a wonderful, apparently from scratch tomato sauce, fantastic fried potato pierogies lightly sprinkled with butter and grated sharp cheese (tasted like Asiago), and, best of all, homemade hard ice cream and homemade gelati. Of the ice cream, we tried pistachio and chocolate mint chip, of the gelati, torrone and a splendid dolce di latte in which you could actually taste the sweet, burnt sugar turned into caramel. Not much of a view on the edge of town, but a place to keep in mind when you first run into the construction delays on that part of I-80. Family run, spotlessly clean, open May to October, I gather.

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