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Looking for Luigi's Italian Ice

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FLB Mar 13, 2011 10:23 PM

Help! My boyfriend is from New England and loves Luigi's Italian Ice. I'm not seeing it in the grocery stores here (I didn't expect to), but am hoping someone has seen it at a grocery or specialty store.

In the meantime, I'm going to take him to every Italian ice shop that I can find.

Thank you

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  1. monku RE: FLB Mar 13, 2011 10:28 PM

    Good luck.........
    http://www.luigis.com/storelocator.aspx

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      monku RE: monku Mar 13, 2011 10:31 PM

      Looks like the closest place is:
      SUPER TARGET
      38019 47TH ST E
      PALMDALE, CA

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        mlgb RE: monku Mar 14, 2011 05:48 AM

        I think they have it at 99 cent stores. Some kind of Italian ice anyways

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        Clyde RE: FLB Mar 14, 2011 10:11 AM

        i miss it also. it just doesn't exist out here. there was a vendor at the eagle rock farmers market (that no longer exists) that had his own homemade italian ice that was close to NY italian ice except that i wasn't a fan of the texture- it was too creamy or something. not sure if you can find him by googling, but it was as close as i've found to luigis as far as flavor goes. i do miss those cups and how if you turn the ices upside down it was frozen sugar liquid!

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          Das Ubergeek RE: Clyde Mar 14, 2011 11:19 AM

          I found that Joe's Italian Ice in Garden Grove is a good facsimile of East Coast ice... also DiDio's in Santa Monica.

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          Joe's Italian Ice
          12302 Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92840

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            js76wisco RE: Das Ubergeek Mar 15, 2011 01:50 PM

            I was disappointed with Joe's Italian Ice. The people working there were very friendly but the ice itself didn't have the right consistency and found several big chunks of ice. The only place to get real Italian Ice is Lemon Ice King of Corona. There is no other place like it in the world. The temperature and consistency of the ice coupled with the variety of flavors is so unique. I also tried the place on Montana and was disappointed by them as well.

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            Joe's Italian Ice
            12302 Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92840

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              Mr Taster RE: js76wisco Mar 18, 2011 12:25 AM

              Yes, js76wisco is absolutely right.

              FLB, I think I've had Luigi's while visiting my sis in Brooklyn. If your boyfriend is used to eating real Italian ice made by real Italian Americans in real US Italian enclaves, he's going to be disappointed. I'm giving you fair warning.

              Lemon Ice King in Queens is just spectacular. Ask your boyfriend if Luigi's is like this-- the texture is so velvety soft, smooth and creamy, you'd swear there was fat hiding in there somewhere. That's Lemon Ice King. I'm a purist-- I prefer to stick with the natural juice ones and avoid the scary artificial flavored ones. But really, it's about the silky texture moreso than the flavor.

              DiDo's ice was chunky like a finely textured granita. I had a blood orange one. Tasty enough, but absolutely NOT proper Italian ice. Plus, the shop guy (a middle aged guy) was kind of an ass.

              I also once tried Joe's and was similarly disappointed (Joe's seems to use a lot more artificial syrups whereas DiDo is more about using fresh juices).

              I'd give the edge to DiDo, but honestly neither one qualifies as a proper Italian ice in my book.

              Mr Taster

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                Mr Taster RE: Mr Taster Mar 18, 2011 07:14 AM

                Oh, and just to clarify (since this is the LA board), Lemon Ice King is not in Corona, California but rather on Corona Ave. in Queens, New York.

                Mr Taster

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                  Mr Taster RE: Mr Taster Mar 18, 2011 10:04 AM

                  And to further clarify....

                  The italian ice I had in Brooklyn was "Uncle Louie G's" (Luigi's, get it?) So if that's the case and your boyfriend is in fact looking for the J&J Foods/Superpretzel manufactured Italian ice and not a local shop, I'm afraid I (still) can't help you. (I'm not familiar with this particular product).

                  http://www.jjsnack.com/

                  Mr Taster

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                    js76wisco RE: Mr Taster Mar 18, 2011 11:03 AM

                    There is one other place you can get the Lemon Ice King - Wellington, Florida, which is essentially Palm Beach. Since August of 2010 they've been importing the ices from Lemon Ice King in Corona. The place is called Lemon Ice King of Wellington, very creative.

                    I've been trying to find a distributor or importer. I'm kind of resigned that the only way I'll ever have true Italian Ices in SoCal is if I franchise the Lemon Ice King myself. I've emailed them inquiring about this.

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                      Mr Taster RE: js76wisco Mar 18, 2011 12:14 PM

                      If you get a franchise, I'll be the first one on line. (That's right, I said ON line, dammit- in the pre-internet version of the term!)

                      Mr Taster

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              mlgb RE: Clyde Mar 14, 2011 09:24 PM

              In fact they do carry it at the 99 cent Stores. Just was there and they had lemon. Occasionally they have red, too.

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                foodie21 RE: mlgb Mar 15, 2011 02:23 PM

                I've also seen it at Smart & Final (the one on Laurel Canyon in North Hollywood). I suspect other Smart & Final stores also carry it.

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                Smart & Final
                10113 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

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                  nothingswrong RE: foodie21 Mar 15, 2011 06:42 PM

                  Me too. They used to sell it at Costco as well.

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              FLB RE: FLB Mar 16, 2011 09:36 PM

              Wow, thank you everyone. I'm going to try these places on Saturday!

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                LisaN RE: FLB Mar 17, 2011 06:28 PM

                Just bought some at Walmart, one that has an expanded food section.

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                  LisaN RE: FLB Mar 18, 2011 10:48 PM

                  FLB, just to clarify, Luigi's italian ice has a different consistency that italian ice in shops. Also, FWIW depending on your boyfriends age, the consistency of Luigi's Italian ice has changed since the last time I had it back east, which has to be a good 15 years ago.

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                    FLB RE: FLB Mar 19, 2011 11:49 AM

                    I was just about to embark on a journey around LA to many of the places that you all listed. I quickly swung into Gelson's supermarket for something else, and guess what I found? Luigi's! Strange since he looks in every market that we go to, so I don't know why he didn't see this before. I'm sure it's on the pricier side since it's Gelson's, but atleast it's close. He's flying home tonight and I can't wait for him to open the freezer. He just relocated here, and things that remind him of home will help him acclimate.

                    Thank you all for the Luigi's sightings!

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                      LisaN RE: FLB Mar 19, 2011 12:49 PM

                      If you want to surprise him with goodies in the future, this website has a lot of stuff from back east you can order, they do a really nice job of packing as well and shipping charges weren't outrageous http://www.famousfoods.com/

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                        FLB RE: LisaN Mar 19, 2011 09:30 PM

                        Thank you LisaN! I can't wait to show him this ite tomorrow.

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                        Clyde RE: FLB Apr 4, 2011 05:54 PM

                        i TOO found Luigi's lemon ice in Gelsons this weekend! YAY!!!! They also had Mango which i never had growing up. If they carried Blue Raspberry, or even watermelon, that would be incredible- maybe one day!

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