“The secret behind the joint’s success, as I found out, is the use fresh cow milk instead of buttermilk. You can practically taste the creamy milk on your taste buds with every single spoonful.”
Founded by the Ragusa brothers Luigie and Vincenzo – they’re Italians, by the way – in 1932, Ragusa Es Italia is widely acknowledged as one of the longest running eateries in the country. This title was confirmed when in 2012, it was officially recognised as the oldest ice cream store in Indonesia by the Museum Rekor Indonesia, or MURI for short. It’s such a delight to see a shop managing to survive and maintain its business for decades.
Located on Jalan Veteran near Monas, Ragusa Et Italia is housed in an historic building, with a capacity of up to 40 people. Minimally furnished with wooden tables and rattan chairs, you can spot three vintage ice cream-making machines behind a glass window just further down the back of the shop. They are still fully functional, but please don’t take photographs of them as it is strictly prohibited.
Having been in operation for ages, the quality of its ice cream is without a doubt peerless. There’s a variety of flavours for you to choose from, ranging from the typical Vanilla and Chocolate to the rather unusual Tutti Frutti and Spaghetti. Have a go at the latter two to experience Ragusa Et Italia to the fullest. The secret behind the joint’s success, as I found out, is the use fresh cow milk instead of butter milk. You can practically taste the creamy milk on your taste buds with every single spoonful.
Now, the place is always packed to the brim regardless of your time of visit. So if you prefer to avoid a crowd and a long wait, then make a beeline to its other outlet in Duta Merlin, which is just a hop, skip, and jump away from Jalan Veteran.
Jl. Veteran I, No. 10
T: 021 384 9123
Open daily from 10am-10.30pm
Rp.30,000/US$2.20 per person