4 Bergen Parlors With Must-Try Shaved Ice
Stay cool in the Jersey heat with shaved ice and Italian ices, a sweet alternative to ice cream or gelato.
We all scream for ice cream, gelato and frozen yogurt, but shaved ice needs its due too. It’s a sweet summer treat containing finely crushed ice with flavored syrups that give it that delicious taste. Another summer must-have is Italian ice, a similar dessert made with fruit or other flavorings that’s frozen into a sorbet-adjacent scoop.
And guess what? There’s plenty of local shops in Bergen County to find this nice ice. You can’t go wrong with Rita’s Italian Ice, which has locations in Glen Rock, Wood-Ridge, Lodi and more, but here are a few other parlors that’ll keep you cool in the summer heat:
- Clyde’s Ices & Ice Cream Co., Garfield. Whether you’re in the mood for a Margarita Italian ice, Green Apple, Strawberry Banana or good ol’ Chocolate, you’ll find your flavor at Clyde’s. Also available are scoops of ice cream, as well as sugar-free Lemon Italian ice.
*48 Gaston Ave., Garfield, 973.546.2760
- Kona Ice, Paramus and Fort Lee. This mobile shaved ice company has trucks that drive around the county, ice cream truck style, and offer self-serve shaved ice—you can add your own flavors to the ice from their Flavorwave, with options such as Blue Raspberry and Monster Mango. Kona Ice Paramus just unveiled their brand-new Kona kiosk, so hello to “Stitch” and indulge in a shaved ice treat if you see her driving around town. PS: they cater at parties and events too!
*Kona Ice Paramus, 917.830.3322; Kona Ice Fort Lee, 201.305.9855
- Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices, Hasbrouck Heights. Scooped to perfection, Ralph’s water ices are cholesterol and fat free and come in more than two dozen flavors, from fruits (Cherry) to sodas (Root Beer sound appetizing?) to classic Rainbow or Chocolate. They also have Italian ice shakes and sundaes.
*238 Boulevard, Hasbrouck Heights, 201.393.4891
- Uncle Louie G, Maywood and Park Ridge. The slogan of this chain is “feel like a kid again,” and you can’t help but do just that with yummy flavors of Italian ice such as Wassup Watermelon, Coney Island Cotton Candy and Holi Cannoli (they have more traditional flavors on the menu too such as chocolate, vanilla, strawberry etc.).
*111 W. Pleasant Ave., Maywood, 201.909.5151; 135 Park Ave., Park Ridge, 201.690.6719