The goods may be icy but the buzz is hot at Ici, the preciously sweet little ice cream shop opened this week in Berkeley by Chez Panisse alum Mary Canales.

After teasing the locals with lickable descriptions in San Francisco magazine and the Marin Independent Journal, both of which promised a mid-summer opening, Ici finally started scooping this week.
Shuna Lydon of food blog Eggbeater and KQED’s Bay Area Bites got in line on the very first day to sing its praises…while decrying the back-seat status that pastry chefs so often get in restaurant PR.

Ici may even be keeping that Bay Area real estate market from chilling: Over at real estate blog Curbed, a listing touting the charms of a $1.6 million Arts and Crafts beauty ends with the line, “And we hear there’s a new ice cream place Ici over on College Avenue.” Although after laying out that kind of change, we wouldn’t have the dough for anything more than a fat slice from Zachary’s.

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