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Mr. Gus E. Rancatore

Founder, Owner, and Operator

Toscanini's Ice Cream

HQ Phone: (617) 491-5877

Email: g***@***.com

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Toscanini's Ice Cream

899 Main St.

Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

United States

Company Description

"Known for our many unique and tantalizing flavors, Toscanini's attracts ice cream aficionados from far and wide, and was deemed ' the world's best ice cream' by the New York Times . A Cambridge favorite since 1981, we take our frozen confections, teas an ... more

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Employment History

Local Reporter

Cambridge Chronicle


Board Member
Cambridge Local First

Cambridge Business Development Center

Steering Committee Member


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Ice Cream Man: 25 Years at Toscanini's in Cambridge, Mass by Gus Rancatore

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Gus Rancatore
Gus Rancatore with ice cream cone Born in Staten Island, New York, Gus Rancatore came to Boston to finish college, and never did.
Instead, he blundered into the ice cream business, and founded Toscanini's Ice Cream in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1981.

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I owe this book to my friend Gus. Gus Rancatore is the founder, owner, and operator of Toscanini’s Ice Cream & Coffee, three stores in my hometown of Cambridge, Massachusetts, that produce what is in my biased opinion the best ice cream in the world.

Gus is easy to spot. Most hours of the day or night you can find him behind the counter of his Main Street store, located across the street from a fire station and a couple of blocks from the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He’s the large, affable, slightly distracted fellow who’s juggling three things as we speak, whether preparing an egg cream for a customer, checking the ingredients in the new batch of mango sorbet, or bantering with the supplier delivering coffee beans. Within his element of the store, Gus is the center of the universe. He’s as comfortable talking politics with the local cops as he is managing his employees, many of whom are MIT students (some of them literally go on to become rocket scientists). At Toscanini’s Gus is the happy genius propelling the enterprise forward.
There’s a spirit to the stores and the company that extends beyond Gus, and this force has always fascinated me. Like every small business, Toscanini’s has a heart and soul beyond its owner's individual personality. And I’ve found over the years that Gus has learned as much from Toscanini’s as he has put into the operation. And it is this link that has led me to write this book.
I met Gus while I was a local reporter for the Cambridge Chronicle more than fifteen years ago. Since then I have focused my work on the world of business, particularly small business.
To quote my friend Gus, “Running a business is an existential process—you learn what you need to know only by doing it.” But don’t trust me too much.

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When Gus Rancatore and I first talked about a show in his flagship ice creamery on Main Street, he told me that he always wanted to see some large work on his clean brick walls. At the time, I was working on a series of digital images drawn from my tea and stone series' of mixed media wall pieces.

The palette of chocolates, nuts, and cookies in Toscanini owner Gus Rancatore's signature Chocolate Sluggo flavor, when mixed with the artist's hand, recall the ceramic forms and serendipitous colors and surfaces for which Motzkin has been recognized.

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