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LaGrange's Sweet Central Express Dazzles With Gourmet, Handmade Ice Cream

Daily Voice talks to Michael Fertucci about his Sweet Central Express ice cream truck.
Daily Voice talks to Michael Fertucci about his Sweet Central Express ice cream truck. Video Credit: Skip Pearlman
Owner Michael Fertucci serves up ice cream cones at a recent birthday party.
Owner Michael Fertucci serves up ice cream cones at a recent birthday party. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
An ice cream sandwich from Sweet Central Express.
An ice cream sandwich from Sweet Central Express. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Nothing like ice cold ice cream on a hot day.
Nothing like ice cold ice cream on a hot day. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Happy customers enjoying their ice cream.
Happy customers enjoying their ice cream. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Green Tea shaved ice from Sweet Central Express.
Green Tea shaved ice from Sweet Central Express. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Michael Fertucci turns frozen green tea into a shaved ice treat.
Michael Fertucci turns frozen green tea into a shaved ice treat. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
The birthday girl enjoys an ice cream cone from Sweet Central Express.
The birthday girl enjoys an ice cream cone from Sweet Central Express. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Party-goers line up at the Sweet Central Express truck for ice cream at a recent birthday party.
Party-goers line up at the Sweet Central Express truck for ice cream at a recent birthday party. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Sweet Central Express owner Michael Fertucci.
Sweet Central Express owner Michael Fertucci. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
One of Fertucci's truck's, painted by graffiti artist Yedi Fresh.
One of Fertucci's truck's, painted by graffiti artist Yedi Fresh. Photo Credit: submitted

DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. - You probably won't find Sweet Central Express owner Michael Eugene Fertucci driving his gourmet ice cream truck down your neighborhood street, ringing those familiar bells that had kids of all ages racing for their favorite treat.

But if you do run into the brightly-decorated ice cream truck - at a party, festival, carnival, private or corporate event, you'll be glad you did.

Fertucci, a Culinary Institute graduate and gourmet pastry chef who resides in LaGrange, spent 13 years traveling and working with different chefs and restaurants.

On one of his stops he was the cake decorator at the Plaza in Manhattan, and Fertucci still loves to make specialty cakes - like a trademark Louis Vuitton bag cake - with a price tag in the 900.00 dollar range.

For the last six years, Fertucci has been focused on ice cream - classic, hand-turned, frozen custard, and more recently, shaved italian ices. He churns out in the neighborhood of 13 to 20 tubs per night, at the Crooked Rooster in Poughkeepsie (where it is also available).

Fertucci's truck specializes in his hand made custard, shaved ices, and a variety of cookies so customers can create their own ice cream sandwich.

Check out the video to see Daily Voice talk to Fertucci about his custard.

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