Lonely Planet Writer

This Philadelphia ice cream shop is taking over the internet with reactions to its pizza flavour

Think you know ice cream? Little Baby’s Ice Cream in Philadelphia goes to places that other scoop shops fear to tread, serving up palate-pushing flavors for six years and counting.

Little Baby's sea cone.
Little Baby’s sea cone. Image by Little Baby’s Ice cream

‘One of our primary goals is to deliver the experience of being both confused & grateful to our customers,’ co-owner Pete Angevin tells Lonely Planet News. Starting with their ‘flagship oddball classic’ of Earl Grey Sriracha in 2011, Angevin and his colleagues have come up with increasingly inventive recipes to tantalize customers’ taste buds, like Everything Bagel, Maryland BBQ and Cricket Cake.

Ice cream as art.
Ice cream as art. Image by Little Baby’s Ice cream

The flavor to try this summer at Little Baby’s? Pizza Ice Cream, which blends oregano, tomato and cheese flavors into a creamy, savory treat. ‘Frequently, folks will see it on the menu and be incredulous, then be convinced to taste it, giggle, talk about how surprised they are that it really tastes just like pizza . . .  and then order something else,’ says Angevin. ‘That’s just fine. Just as often though, they’ll end up getting a pizza milkshake!’ Despite the strange-sounding combinations, Angevin says convincing his customers to broaden their ice cream horizons hasn’t been too hard. ‘We’ve done a pretty good job over the last few years ‘training’ our customers to be open-minded enough to try free samples of all the cockamamy flavors we’ve come up with.’

Little Baby's Earl Grey Sriracha.
Little Baby’s Earl Grey Sriracha. Image by Little Baby’s Ice cream

Is there any flavor Angevin won’t try? Yes, he says with a smile. ‘We’ve never made a bacon flavor, because everyone has always wanted us to make a bacon flavor.’ Adventurous ice cream eaters can seek out Little Baby’s Ice Cream at one of two Philadelphia locations. New outposts have recently opened in Baltimore and Washington DC’s Union Market.

Philadelphia-style ice cream.
Philadelphia-style ice cream. Image by Little Baby’s Ice cream

What is Philadelphia-style ice cream?

While many ice creams are made with an egg-based custard, Philly-style ice cream eschews them for a streamlined base of just milk, cream and sugar.