Rita’s Italian Ice has continued to expand throughout San Diego, with their newest opening in Rancho Penasquitos last week. The popular shaved ice chain from the East Coast has several more locations set to open in San Diego in the next few months. For their grand opening, they offered a free regular ice or regular sized gelatis for $1. It was such a hot day we decided to get some after work, hoping the lines had died down.
Speaking of weather, how crazy were the random thunderstorms in San Diego this weekend? I can’t even remember the last time it rained in July, much less thunder. But in a flash, they were gone, and it was sunny weather again. So bizarre.
Anyhow, we were wrong about the lines. They were still pretty long, but we were already there, so we decided to wait anyway.
Mango Strawberry Ice with Vanilla Custard
Mr. K chose a Gelati (which consists of a bottom layer of custard, a middle section of ice, with another layer of custard on top) with mango strawberry ice and vanilla custard. I thought this combination worked really well. I really love how creamy and rich the custard is here and with the ice sandwiched in between, the whole dessert tasted velvety smooth.
Cookies n Cream Cream Ice with Light Vanilla Custard
I ordered a gelati with their cookies n’ cream cream ice and light vanilla custard. As you can see, the lightened up custard did not like the heat, melting into a puddle immediately after I went outside. *sob* It still tasted pretty good though and I couldn’t really tell that it was light except for how fast it melted. I chose the cookies n’ cream ice because some readers had suggested I try the cream ices which are creamier than their regular shaved ice treats because of the inclusion of dairy. This indeed was creamier, though I had a hard time adjusting to a cookies and cream flavored shaved ice. It just didn’t quite work for me. I do want to try other flavors though.
Overall, we enjoyed our desserts. We are really enjoying the gelatis at Rita’s Ice and plan on being back several more times this summer. Tip: They also have a free app you can download on your phone which you can use to earn stamps for each visit. On your 8th visit, you get a free ice.
Rita’s Italian Ice
13295 Black Mountain Rd
San Diego, California