When you think of Italian Ice, quick, what do you think of? Does a little hoodsie-like cup containing rock-hard yellow stuff in the freezer section of the supermarket come to mind? Maybe you used to get it from the ice cream man (because you had parents who would not buy you little cuppies of anything, like my friend Sheila)? Or maybe you think of a product that is sort of yellowish and has a snow-cone consistency? Or possibly a glacier in the shape of the Italian boot??
Well, one trip to the Arundel Ice Cream Shop and Teresa Andreoli’s Secret Lemon Italian Ice wil forever be your first thought. Teresa infuses her Italian Lemon Ice with the loving care and attention you find in all of the offerings at the Arundel Ice Cream Shop at 1181 Portland Rd, Arundel. You will be forever spoiled and crave the lemony goodness of this Italian Ice.
Ingredients are few and therefore extremely important in the “Secret Lemon Ice” recipe: Lemons. Water. Sugar. That’s it. Solidifiers? Not in it. Emulsifiers? Nope, not a one. The recipe was taught to her by Steve Thompson, the same person who built (by hand!) her ice cream maker (the machine, that is!). The result is as light as new fallen snow with a delicious lemon tartness that is just perfectly balanced with sweetness. Not only does this taste amazing, but it is also beautiful to behold: there are tiny flecks of lemon zest present throughout the lemon ice that really makes it pop. It may not be calorie-free, but it’s certainly fat-free, so that’s a nice bonus.
From whence did these lemons come? Does Teresa have a tree in her back yard growing lemons, their sole purpose in life being to flavor her wonderful Italian Lemon Ice? Does she import them from Sicily and have a courier deliver them to her shop in Arundel? Does she go shopping at the Hannaford’s with her boys, Charlie and Miles, and let them choose the prettiest ones for her recipe?
It is just not for us to know (reference recipe’s title: Secret Lemon Ice Recipe!). Michelle Lovejoy is working the window on the day you go seeking Italian Ice and you are very pleased by the excellent service you receive! Of course, there is much more here than the Lemon Italian Ice (Pink Salted Toffee ice cream? HEL-lo!) so bring the fam: Arundel Ice Cream Shop is kid-friendly with it’s appealing green colored building beckoning to you as you drive up Route 1. Make plans to visit soon; the shop will be closing for the season this Labor Day, which unfortunately is just a short time from now on September 5th.
So what are you waiting for? Get going! They’re open every day from noon until 9PM through Labor Day.
Note: Possibilites for future Italian Ice offerings for next year from the recipe book: Italian Mango, Pomegranate, Chocolate…Teresa is always open to new flavor ideas for her Italian Ice (and for her ice cream), so feel free to post your thoughts on the Arundel Ice Cream Shop’s Facebook Page. How does Strawberry Balsamic Italian Ice sound??