Rita's Italian Ice?
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?
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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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.