As colorful and popular as the fictional character it is named after, Pinocchio’s Ice Cream has been a Sanibel tradition for over 33 years. A visit to this local landmark in the Seahorse Shopping Center on the east end of Sanibel Island is not just a sweet treat, it’s an authentic Italian experience!
Family-Owned Pinocchio’s Ice Cream
Now owned and run by Tom and Donna Puma with their family and staff, they make true Italian gelato the original Italian way. They use their own secret recipes formulated over many years by gelato artisans in Tuscany.
Tom Puma is proud of the fact that all their ice cream is made in-store every day from the freshest high-quality ingredients. They do not use any shortcuts such as powdered mixes or frozen wholesale shipments.
Their scrumptious product line includes original Italian ice creams, sorbets, sherberts and frozen yogurt, so you can enjoy a delicious sweet treat with healthy low-fat ingredients if you choose.
Pick your own Pinocchio Flavor
Top selling authentic Italian favorites include tiramisu, Sicilian blood orange, ginger pear, zuppa inglese and nocciola (a delicious hazelnut concoction). If you want a more local twist, how about their world famous Sanibel Krunch©, Gator Stew©, Dirty Sand Dollar© (caramel ice cream with chocolate chunks and pieces of malted milk balls), Mango Sorbet©, Wedding Bells© and zesty Key Lime Frozen Yogurt, and that’s barely scraping the surface in terms of choice. Pinocchio’s generally has 37 flavors available daily, out of a repertoire of over 130 flavors!
One very unique feature you’ll only find with every Pinocchio’s ice cream is that each one is topped with a special animal cookie. Cows, donkeys, elephants and camels are all proudly popped onto every Pinocchio’s sundae, dessert and cone as a special bonus.
Their crunchy deluxe waffle cones are a delicious treat in themselves. Choose from chocolate dipped, drizzled, or with added nuts or chocolate vermicelli to give your scoops of Pinocchio ice cream the base they deserve. You’ll definitely want to take a seat on the porch and give it your undivided attention, savoring every delicious mouthful.
When it comes to size, Pinocchio’s is certainly not stingy. In fact all their servings of ice cream are huge, making them an extra good value. Scoop them up with the cute little green spoons which you’ll want to take home and re-use them with your take-home pack later!
If you prefer to drink your ice cream, try the refreshing Café Captiva – a chilled coffee and ice cream blend topped with whipped cream, chocolate drizzle and a Pinocchio signature animal cookie too! Other tasty smoothies include berry flavor, raspberry kiss or the tropical Key Lime Sublime Hurricane.
Other Pinocchio specialties include their ice cream patchoux (cream puffs), brioche al gelato and their award-winning Ice Cream tapas for a selection of small delicious bite-size treats. Yum!