Italiano’s Water Ice, a South Philly staple that’s was around decades before some people started calling its neighborhood “LoMo,” is set to reopen this summer after taking last summer off.
A longtime neighbor of the shop, at 2551 S. 12th St. (at Shunk), said that owner Nancy Italiano was shocked to hear of how the news has been spreading on social media. “This place has been a South Philadelphia tradition and always ranked among the best, such as John’s or Pop’s,” the neighbor said.
The place certainly has legions of passionate fans, including one on Yelp who imagined that in the year 2021 developed countries will drop 5 million tons of Italiano’s water ice on warring countries to inspire peace.
They also claim to have originated the combination of water ice and ice cream as a “gelati” in 1975. Wonder who they might be referring to?
They’re not online or on social media, so to see what all they hype is about, keep your eyes peeled for their imminent reopening, which should be any day now.