This is one of those
places mostly only South Philadelphians know about and
tend to keep secret. Great water ice, every
imaginable color and flavor. Bless them, they even do a
sugar free lemon flavor for those of us who should watch
our sugar intake.
stop there. They invented the water ice and ice cream
combination called Gelati. "Back in 1970 mom put water
ice and ice cream together and decided to call it Gelati.
We are definitely the original. Anyone (else) using the
Gelati name is just playing follow the leader." I think
they are talking to you, Rita. That's a mango ice
with vanilla ice cream gelati on the right.
It was their
pretzels that brought me to Italiano's the first time.
Word had it they are the best around. I showed up
sometime around 3 PM. The nice lady behind the
counter welcomed my order, "Great timing. The second
bake pretzels just came out of the oven." First bake
happens in the morning. First bake or second bake are
fine by me. Really good pretzels.
What to order?
Easy. An Italian ice and a pretzel.