Posted by on Oct 1, 2011 in New York Eats | 3 comments

The last signs of warm summer are starting to fade away into cloudy and rainy days as fall approaches. Soon enough, we’ll be sipping from mugs of hot cocoa while snow falls outside and the holidays will be on us in no time. But before then, why not relish the last bits of summer while we can? How? What better way than enjoying something cold and fruity –  like a cup of delectable Italian ice!

Italian ice has become my thing lately, along with frozen yogurt as healthier alternatives to ice cream (not that I could ever turn down ice cream…) and Rita’s Italian Ice has stolen the spotlight as my favorite go-to place. Not only is their Italian ice deliciously smooth and their flavors tantalizingly tasty, but what really makes Rita’s different is their custard.

Rita’s serves their Italian ice with the option of adding custard to the top and bottom of the cup, nicely sandwiching the tangy (mango for me) ice in between creamy goodness. The custard is deliciously thick, almost like frozen cream without the oily aftertaste you get from devouring a mouthful of whipped cream. Yet it’s surprisingly not cloyingly sweet at all. I know that some people feel that sweets aren’t truly sweets unless they’re overwhelming sweet (Okay guys, let’s start counting how many times I can use the word ‘sweet’ in one sentence!), but I prefer lighter foods in general.

The World Needs More Rita’s…I demand it!

After tasting Rita’s, no other Italian ice joint has been able to compare. Ralph’s Italian Ice across the street? They don’t stand a chance, both in flavor and service as well. Did I mention that the employees at Rita’s are always more than happy to help you? It’s no wonder that there’s always a line of customers outside their tiny little shack while Ralph’s sitting area is forever empty!

Rita’s closes for the winter sometime in mid-October, so if you plan on trying them out there’s only a few more weeks left! They open again in the middle of March but just the thought of months without Rita’s…I think I better go and sate the craving before then!

To find your nearest Rita’s, check out their website here.

~ AJ~

Photographs taken and provided by AnnMarie Hwang


  1. Oct-1-2011

    Awwww, I would really love to have a taste of that >.<…except without the cream ;D.

  2. Oct-1-2011

    But the custard is what makes it so special and tasty! It’s like a thicker, richer ice cream ;O!!

  3. Oct-11-2011

    You’re blogging has really come on when I look back over previous posts. Actually I arrived here from a forum on an unrelated topic. Worth surfing sometimes. Thanks.


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