My first thought upon walking into Lagomarcino’s in Davenport was that it smelled like Christmas. It reminded me of making chocolate goodies with my family during the holidays. But the thing is, my treats don’t compare to the quality and taste of Lagomarcino’s.
As a fourth generation chocolate shop and soda fountain, Lagomarcino’s has been satisfying the sweet tooth of visitors for decades. Walking into the Davenport location takes you back in time. It has a soda fountain feel, family pictures on the wall, and you are hit with the smell of chocolate strong enough to make a person giddy.
All of their chocolates are handmade. While I was there shortly before Halloween, their busiest times of the year coincide with major holidays – specifically, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Easter. Speaking of Easter, Lagomarcino’s has carried on the European art of casting giant chocolate eggs filled with individually wrapped chocolates.
Lagomarcino’s is known for their hot fudge sundaes; they provide you a pitcher full of hot fudge you can pour over the ice-cream. Tom, the store owner, mentioned that some people ask for three pitchers of the fudge - and they provide it with no questions asked. If you get a chance to meet Tom while at Lagomarcino’s, have him explain the family history of the business and point out the pictures on the wall. He’s got a passion for chocolate and telling his family’s sweet story, making the experience that much sweeter for guests.
If you want your chocolate before you’re able to visit the Quad Cities, you can order your chocolates online. Everything, including the caramel apples, are fantastic.
So, if it’s in your chocolate budget, order one of everything. You’ll thank me later.