Rita’s Italian Ice, a famous East Coast chain known for their ice and custard combination, has been expanding to the West Coast. Several locations are set to open in San Diego this year.
I’ve been wanting to try Rita’s for the longest time, and finally paid a visit this weekend. It definitely will be one of many visits.
They offer various fruit flavors of Italian ice as well as creamy soft serve custard ice cream. You can get just ice, just custard, a mixed drink, but the most popular item is the gelati: Italian ice layered with custard.
The combination is quite magical, with the contrasting textures of ice and cream. The ice itself is also smooth and flavorful on its own. After trying out a few flavors, this is what we ordered.
Mango Ice with Vanilla Custard
Dragonfruit Ice with Strawberry Custard
Mr. K chose the dragonfruit ice with strawberry custard. It’s sugar free, using splenda as a sweetener alternative. If you’re sensitive to artificial sweeteners (like me), this one may not be for you.
The custard was the highlight for me. It’s lusciously rich and creamy. I loved it so much that we ended up getting a bowl of just vanilla custard to-go.
Tip: There is a rewards program that you can sign up for by downloading their app. When you visit, you scan the bar code at the register with your phone and it will do a virtual punch out from your online rewards card and you earn a free ice every 8 visits.
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Rita’s Italian Ice
Bonita Point Plaza
1463 East H Street
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Phone: (619) 307-3743