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Rita's Italian Ice?

pentel Feb 7, 2013 03:07 PM

Just saw that RIta's Italian Ice is coming to Santa Monica soon. Has anyone heard of or tried Rita's? I googled Rita's and it looks like it's based out of philly?


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    js76wisco RE: pentel Feb 7, 2013 05:19 PM

    if you're used to the good stuff in the east coast like lemon ice king of corona you'll be disappointed. the flavor at Rita's isn't bad but doesn't have the right consistency. i also miss the generic white paper cups you squeeze out the ice in.

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      Mr Taster RE: js76wisco Aug 30, 2013 10:00 AM

      I love those cups too... the way some of the ice gets trapped behind the pleats, and you have to do some tongue excavation to get the last bits out. The joy is analogous to the fast food fries you find at the bottom of the bag.

      Mr Taster

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        lapizzamaven RE: Mr Taster Aug 30, 2013 02:02 PM

        oh those pleats! and the Marino's Italian Ice cups...the best was flipping it over because the syrupy delishishness(purposely misspelled) was waiting to be devoured!

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          js76wisco RE: lapizzamaven Oct 21, 2013 03:12 PM

          Is it a rumor or did a restaurant in the BH/Brentwood area actually ship ices cross country in a froezen food delivery truck from Corona Ice King? I heard somebody mention this and wondering if it was true.

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      Sarah_Jayne_76 RE: pentel Feb 7, 2013 09:01 PM

      I grew up in the Philly area. I saw that on Facebook and nearly cheered out loud at the office. In the Philly area they are a real tradition which many people say in the same breath as cheesesteaks, soft pretzels and Tastykakes. The water ice is very good and so is their frozen custard.

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        pentel RE: Sarah_Jayne_76 Feb 8, 2013 12:21 PM

        thanks, i'll definitely be checking it out. i talked to a few friends who live in Philly and DC and they love it. they recommended the gelati (sp?), which is the water ice with custard on top.

      2. Mr Taster RE: pentel Aug 30, 2013 09:46 AM

        I just saw this too.

        Was just at the Jersey shore 2 weeks ago and saw Rita's. Plenty of local mom & pops to try, so I didn't try theirs, but now that they're local I'll certainly give them a shot.

        Frozen custard and water ice (the Philly term for Italian ice) are a real tradition in NJ/NY/Philly area, and for some reason the places in LA don't seem to get the texture right. You have that weird guy on Montana who does really interesting flavors like blood orange, etc. but the texture is gritty, like a granita. That's wrong. Italian ice should be smooth and creamy. Same deal for the place in Anaheim near Disneyland... Joe's Italian Ice, I think? If there's any grit in the texture of the ice, it's not right.

        Mr Taster

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          dittoping RE: pentel Aug 30, 2013 10:36 AM

          There's one in Redondo Beach. It's pretty good, but I like their custard more than their ice.

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            mikester RE: pentel Oct 21, 2013 02:54 PM

            Been to the Rita's in Mission Viejo, and it was really good - can't vouch for it's authenticity v.v. the east coast version, but I enjoyed it. They offer all kinds of combinations and flavors, and I think they tend to encourage newbies (like me!) to mix a custard with an ice, which I did.

            They also offer these soft pretzels which I guess are also a Philly thing (yes?), and they were great, nice, warm salty contrast with the sweetness of the ice/custard.

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              granadafan RE: mikester Oct 21, 2013 09:42 PM

              I went to the grand opening of the Rita's Ice last month in La Canada and had water ice with custard for the first time. Very impressed. It had a nice creamy texture.

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                JAB RE: mikester Oct 22, 2013 07:08 AM

                Directly across the courtyard of the Mission Viejo location is a pizza place where you can order by the slice. You can get a slice and an ice in Mission Viejo! In all honesty, I've yet to try that pizza place but, when I went for an ice and saw it the pairing came to mind.

                Previously, there was a very very good NY Style pizza place in that very location but, it's long gone. It was called Franco's and was in the MV Mall before it became The Shops and then was in this location in the Kaleidoscope and then at Los Alisos and Jeronimo. He relocated to Vegas from what I understand and is related to the people who opened Fuoco in Fullerton.

              2. PeterCC RE: pentel Oct 22, 2013 09:15 AM

                I've been to Rita's in SM a few times. I wouldn't say the ice was "creamy" (based on the comments of what Philly ice should be) but it was definitely very smooth for ice.

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