In Italy, ice is so abundant that it even comes in exotic flavors such as spaghetti meatball and clam linguine, both of which have completely supplanted their unfrozen counterparts. Today's Groupon gives you a taste of this ethereal international delicacy: for $6, you get $12 worth of Italian ice and frozen treats at Rita's two Columbia locations.
Every day, Rita's serves up fresh fruitified Italian ice ($2.09–$2.99) in more than 30 flavors (several are sugar-free), including mango, strawberry, cotton candy, hot chocolate, Swedish Fish, cookies and cream, and cherry. Rita's also scoops up old-fashioned custard ($2.49–$3.49), a robust dish that involves a different freezing process than ice cream, boasts a creamier texture, and is best served cold in a cup, cone, or overflowing El Camino truck bed. Gelati ($3.49–$3.99) layers the flavorful variety of Italian ice with the smoothitude of old-fashioned, frozen custard, and an assortment of specialty Misto shakes ($3.99–$4.29) and fat-free soft-serve Slenderitas ($2.49–$3.49) round out Rita's smorgasbord of snacks that double as deliciously soothing topical treatments for chicken pox.