If you’re from the Philly/tri-state area, Rita’s Water Ice (pronounced “wooder-ice” by the locals) is the taste of summer. What is water ice? Ignore the strange name and just think slushy (or snow cone) meets heaven. With fresh flavors made daily and a low price point, there is no reason not to check this place out the next time you find yourself on the East Coast.
Refreshing meets Flavor
Flavor meets Refreshing
Taste: With a light, melt-in-your-mouth quality, water ice (also called Italian Ice) is the perfect summer treat. My favorite flavor is the lemon (their #1 seller) and it’s like thinly shaven ice whipped up with fresh lemon juice. Just make sure to eat it fast, because it melts quickly.
Presentation: Nothing too special here. They just scoop it into a cup. But the bright colors make it a delight for the eyes.
Originality: If you aren’t from the Philly/New Jersey/New York area, you’ve never even heard of Rita’s. And, I just feel so sorry for you. These folks are genius and I hope the water ice love spreads throughout this entire country.
Service: Honestly, service isn’t that great. So don’t let that taint your experience.
Appearance: It is a simple walk-up restaurant with outside dining only. I usually prefer to eat in the car because of all those friendly summer bugs.
Value: You’ll want to get a small because a size any bigger would melt before you could consume it all. A small size runs from $3-4.
Also- in addition to water ice, Rita’s also dishes up blended drinks, frozen custard and lots of other goodies. Check them out!