My first visit to Isabella’s was a few years ago, and I was shocked to learn that they’d lost power that day. As a result, the ice cream consistency wasn’t great and it didn’t wow me as an ice cream place. So when I knew I’d be returning to Tucson, I thought it only fair to give them a second look, more than two years later.
This time around, I was surprised to find them inside another restaurant. More of an ice cream stand or counter, they only have space to carry about eight or nine flavors. During my visit, only a few of them were gluten-free, and they also carried a lot of sorbet.
The waitstaff was nice, but I felt rushed as they seemed to juggle staff to serve me. But they were patient and encouraged me to try flavors.
Here’s what I tried:
Salted Caramel Pecan – This is a deeply satisfying and creamy base. The pecans are very nice. The salt pops with the caramel.
Butterfinger – This is a buttery and luscious base. Yum. It pairs well with the other flavor.
I went with a $4 small scoop, which they allowed me to get two kinds in. In hindsight I was very hungry and could have gone for a $6 large. I was disappointed to be served a cup with a soup spoon though!
Both of these bases are really well done, perfectly smooth. I’m glad I gave them another chance! Isabella’s may not have changed my life, but it’s super tasty and truly great ice cream. Well done!