Thursday, July 12, 2007

Rita's Water Ice

Last weekend in Pennsylvania, Mabel and I went to Rita's Water Ice.

Rita's was a big sensation when I was in middle school, and it was fun having it again. They have locations all over my part of PA. They don't really care about being authentic Italian water ice or anything. But it's good and refreshing all the same.

I got a their Gelati which has no relation to what we know as gelato. Their Gelati is a base of vanilla custard under Italian water ice and topped with more custard. I'm not sure if this is Rita's invention or if this actually has some kind of history, but I like it either way. Actually, I'd like it a lot more if it was Rita's invention. The bastardization of gelato--or rather, gelati--in this instance is so extreme as to be admirable, although it is tolerable only because the actual product tastes good.

The custard is more dense and I think more fatty than traditional soft serve. It's pretty good. I got it with Mango ice. Mabel got plain Lemon ice. She really enjoyed it, and my Gelati. We'll be going back whenever we visit my parents.

This particular location had a nice isolated garden area to the side. I was really surprised by all the space they had, but that's only because I live in the city. I need to get out of the city more often.

The building they're located in was a gift shop called the Village Barn before I went away to school. It was a little weird seeing that it had been converted into a Rita's Water Ice.

Rita's Water Ice
790 Edison Furlong Road
Furlong, PA 18925

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