Experts suggest thawing out an ice-cream headache with a warm glass of water, but tradition has it that two tablets of italian ice will do the trick. Savor a frozen morsel with today's Groupon: for $4, you get $8 worth of italian ice, ice cream, and more at Anthony's Italian Ice, located on Southport Avenue.
Slinging up to 25 homemade flavors, Anthony's Italian Ice combines fruity and all-natural ingredients in its signature, cholesterol-free icy treat. Cups of italian ice greet taste buds with earth-inspired, refreshing flavors, including lemon, mango, watermelon, and peach ($3 for small). Wind your tongue around a plume of nonfat frozen yogurt, in flavors such as chocolate, vanilla, and peanut butter ($3 for small), and then douse the mountain in an avalanche of toppings, including Oreos, hot fudge, and rainbow sprinkles ($1 each). The eatery also cooks up hot food for those seeking a reprieve from ice cream after swimming in a hot-fudge-sundae sauna, with entrees such as a Chicago-style dog ($3.50) and a hearty italian-beef sandwich ($6.50) blanketing nippy taste buds in savory warmth.
Anthony's Italian Ice
Time Out Chicago Kids raves about the strawberry lemonade flavor. Chicago magazine claims the "coconut tastes fresh from the tree." And Michael Mednick, owner and founder of Anthony's Italian Ice, knows exactly why. After a stint selling name-brand ices, an unsatisfied Mednick decided to test his Italian ice-making talents by tossing fresh fruits into an old ice-making machine. A series of trials, errors, and brain freezes finally led Mednick to the sweet spot he holds today: manning his own Southport store, where he churns out 25 decadent Italian ice flavors⎯such as lemon, mango, and peach⎯from scratch.
Though Italian ice is Anthony’s big draw, the shop also purveys smooth ice cream produced by fellow Chicago shop Bobtail, and offsets dessert appetites with Italian beef sandwiches, locally made soups, and Chicago-style hot dogs.