I'm pretty sure by now everyone is aware that I am obsessed with finding the perfect frozen custard. Freddy's is great, Short Order is awesome, but Rita's in Santa Monica takes custard
to a whole new level. An east coast franchise, Rita's began it's successful run in the early 1980's in Philly by serving Italian fruit ices. Since then Rita's has expanded its menu and serves up some of the best custard west of the Jersey
Shore. Sure, you can still get the original "water ices" (soft ice with real fresh fruit like cherry and mango) in traditional red and white striped Rita's cups. Try the blueberry or passion fruit, watermelon, Swedish fish, or rootbeer for
a nice change. ($3.50) Vanilla and chocolate custards are thick and smooth, rich and creamy. ($3.50). Gelati ($4.75) are yummy layers of Italian ice and custard. Pick your favorite flavors for a delicious frozen treat. For a Blendini
($5.25), you'll get Italian ice custard, and candy or cookie bits. Try a Misto Shake that includes custard and your favorite Italian ice. You can custom blend it to your heart's desire. Indulge in a waffle cone sundae too! Come on; you
know you want to! There are three tiny tables inside, but we always take a stroll down Main Street. It's a chance to work off the calories while you're still consuming them. Rita's Italian Ice 2307 Main Street, Santa Monica. (310) 450-5042
Recommended Dishes: Blendini, Misto Shake, Vanilla Custard.