By Gary Nager

Despite the recent addition of several very good frozen yogurt places in our area, there still is no dessert more delicious to me than Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, located on Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd., across from Paul R. Wharton High.

Bruster’s, which has consistently been first or second every year it has been open in our annual Reader Survey, has been my favorite ice cream anywhere since I first tried it six years ago.

So, if you’ve never visited my favorite ice cream parlor — and if you’ve ever sampled the ever-changing peanut butter and banana flavors (always my favorites), you’d know why it is my favorite — Bruster’s owners Matt Provenzano and his mom Judy want to invite you to let Bruster’s cater your holiday party this year.

Speaking of parties, the New Tampa Bruster’s hosted its annual Halloween Party on Oct. 27, which again featured a DJ and games all night, plus a costume parade for kids and adults and Bruster’s Halloween Ice Cream Eating Contest, where “kids” of all ages competed in one of three age categories and everyone again had a blast. Look for pics at

But, whether you prefer Bruster’s for (see the photo above) cones, real hot fudge sundaes, ice cream cakes, shakes or even what I believe are the world’s greatest ice cream pies, you can’t go wrong with any of Bruster’s ultra-premium flavors.

If you like any other place’s ice cream cakes, Bruster’s ice cream pies feature graham cracker or cookie crust with no layers of cake getting in the way of your favorite flavors — for example, my new favorite, the chocolate peanut butter Buckeye (just order it if it’s still around…trust me).

Plus, Matt and Judy are also really good people, as well as, apparently, good business people. Bruster’s Real Ice Cream is now also available at the Cobb Theater at The Grove and Taste of Boston restaurant in Wesley Chapel, at A Cup of Organic Coffee on S.R. 54 in Lutz and at You Do the Dishes in Tampa Palms, with other distribution locations on the way.

“The distribution locations usually carry eight Bruster’s flavors,” Judy says. “It’s a great way to get more of our ice cream in more places, without having to open another store.”

Matt adds that Bruster’s is perfect for catering your next party or corporate event. “We’ve been doing a lot of catering for corporate events lately,” Matt says. “We bring out our ‘Sundae Bar,’ with several different flavors and toppings. It’s always a big hit.”

On a personal note, we mourn with the Provenzano family the recent passing of Judy’s husband and Matt’s dad, Joe Provenzano.

Bruster’s (20303 BBD) is open every day. For hours & more info, call 907-7458 or visit

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