In Italy, ice is so abundant that it even comes in exotic flavors such as spaghetti and meatballs and clam linguine, both of which have completely supplanted their unfrozen counterparts. Taste this ethereal international delicacy with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of italian ice, gelato, and more at Rita's Italian Ice in Hermitage.
Every day, this chilly treatery impresses palates with more than 30 varieties of cholesterol-free and fresh-fruitified italian ice ($1.69–$2.95), with flavors including strawberry, root beer, swedish fish, chocolate chocolate chip, piña colada, vanilla, key lime, and green apple, as well as a smattering of sugar-free options. Spoons hankering for heartier scoops can try Rita's famously frozen old-fashioned custard ($2.35–$3.99), a robust dish that—like revenge—is best served cold in a cup, cone, or overflowing El Camino truck bed. Rita's custard involves a different freezing process than ice cream and boasts a higher egg-yolk ratio, resulting in a creamy texture that makes regular ice-box treats feel like gravel sprinkled with sandpaper shreds.
Rita's most popular dessert, gelato ($3.39–$4.09), takes its cue from brunch and sporks and blends two great things to create an even greater thing—in this case, the flavorful variety of italian ice with the smoothitude of frozen custard. Rita's also offers an assortment of specialty Misto shakes ($4.09–$4.59) and fat-free soft-serve Slenderitas, all of which make for tasty afternoon treats as well as soothing topical treatments for chicken pox.