Yesterday may have been one of the most beautiful days we will have all year. Seventy degrees, sunny and the fact it was March made it all the more special. It turned out that yesterday was also free Italian ice day at Rita's and you can see the line that went out the door.
I grew up eating Italian ices. Many of the little variety and grocery stores in Hartford had coolers with five or six flavors of ices. Some of the colors were extremely lurid and a small cup of cherry could leave my mouth red for hours. The cups were small and cost five or ten cents. New York still has some Italian ice stores, and frequently there are coolers in pizza parlors with ices. My favorite Italian ice store -- I can't remember what else they sell -- is in Queens and is called Lemon Ice King of Corona. The ices are delicious and well worth a trip to Corona. Yes, this is the same neighborhood Simon and Garfunkel crowned Rosie the Queen.
The ices were good at Rita's. I tried the Peep's flavor and it was a little too sweet for me, and decided to be a purist and go with lemon. My friend Lynda had mango and chocolate and I especially liked the mango. They do have a sugar free cherry and some fun flavors, which I will work my way through this summer. Is it as good as Lemon Ice King? Not as good, but still very good, and three blocks from my building. I think, however, that there may be a trip to Corona in the not so distant future, and yes, there will be pictures.
Wishes for a very sweet Sunday!