If you like Italian ice, you will love the new Rita's store that opened on Sept. 30 in Forest. Many local families enjoy Rita's Italian Ice while vacationing at Myrtle Beach.
As part of their Grand Opening, Rita's Ice gave a free Italian ice to each customer on Monday and Tuesday. Despite the crowds of people, the lines moved quickly.
According to the owners, giving free Italian ices helped introduce their product to the public and helped train Rita's servers.
Rita's Italian ices are smoother than snow cones and are made fresh daily with real fruit. Sugar-Free Ice is also available. There were also chocolate varieties available on both Monday and Tuesday that were really yummy.
Rita's Ice began with a single stand in Philadelphia in 1984 and has grown to more than 600 locations in 21 states, including many on the East Coast.
Rita's also serves frozen custard in cups, waffle bowls and waffle cones; Sundaes; Gelati, layered Italian Ice and frozen custard; Misto, a mix of Italian Ice and frozen custard; Blendini, a mix of Italian Ice, frozen custard and selected mix-ins; and milkshakes.
There are different flavors of Italian ice served each day at Rita's so there's a lot to enjoy and something for everyone. Many lovers of sweet treats will make Rita's their favorite.
Some of the flavors enjoyed during the first two days include Fudge Brownie, Passion Fruit, Cookies 'n Cream, Juicy Pear, Choc Choc Chip, Starburst Strawberry, Mango, Cheesecake, Dulce de Leche, Watermelon and Mango.
If you didn't make it by during Rita's grand opening, plan a visit soon. Rita's is located in the Graves Mill Center at the intersection of Graves Mill Road and Route 221 in Forest.