Food & Wine magazine names Arethusa best ice cream in CT

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Arethusa Farm is home to the best ice cream in Connecticut, according to Food & Wine.

The magazine recently rounded up the best ice cream spots in every state, choosing the Farm’s dairy headquartered in Bantam for its “chewy, high-fat ice creams in delightfully classic New England flavors like raisin rum and coffee, made with some of the best milk and cream in the state.”

Writer David Landsel noted that it was a tough call, saying “small-town, family-run operations” and “destination-worthy farm creameries” make it one of the luckier when it comes to classic ice cream.

Landsel refers to the origins of Arethusa, as Manolo Blahnik executives George Malkemus and Anthony Yurgaitis bought the Bantam farm in an effort to save open farmland. According to the Arethusa website, they became interested in establishing their own dairy herd and purchased purebred registered Holsteins, Jerseys and Brown Swiss cows.

Two decades later, Arethusa is a leading dairy brand, producing coveted ice cream, milk, butter, fine cheeses, yogurts and eggnog. His Bantam dairy is next to his full-service restaurant, Arethusa al tavolo, and across from his Arethusa a mano bakery. A scoop store in New Haven near the Yale campus offers ice cream with freshly made waffle cones and Arethusa’s full line of dairy products, and a West Hartford cafe opened in 2020 with coffee, pastries, sandwiches for breakfast and lunch, salads and ice cream.

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Elisha A. Tilghman