My friend Michael came to visit me in Buenos Aires in 2006. He had a grant proposal that he had to write so we decided to stay in instead of going out. When I said “let’s get ice cream” he said, “I don’t want to go anywhere.” Oh no, my dear friend, you don’t have to go anywhere in Argentina to get THE BEST ice cream in the world, you just have to pick up the phone, and they bring it to you.
I have no less than 7 menus from ice creameries around my neighborhood who, within 30 minutes, will bring me 1/2 kilos or full kilos or multiple 1/4 kilos (1/4 is about a pint) of luscious, creamy, dreamy ice cream.
I have wondered for a long time about why there is no delivery ice cream in the U.S. being that we have delivery pizza, Chinese, Thai and other things. I suppose it’s a question of logistics. Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Córdoba, Tucumán, Bariloche, Salta, and basically all of the remotely big cities in Argentina have delivery ice cream (and pizza, parrilla, asado, “rotisería”, etc.), and they are all much more densely populated than most American cities. New York obviously being the exception.
But also I think it has to do with the fact that they use tiny mopeds to do deliveries. Persicco (the ice cream shop), has an armada of small mopeds decked out in Persicco branding parked in front of their shops. Intercontinental Pizza has this too along with many other businesses.
Oops! The doorbell rang. Gotta get my ice cream. 🙂