Thursday, May 8, 2014

Old Time Memories~Italian Ice & My Grandma


The summer of 1983~ I recall sitting on my grandparents balcony waiting & waiting...

The old fashioned, wooden barrel, ice cream machine was cranking away, I can still hear the whoosh whoosh as it turned. I think it was the 4th of July because I can also recall the snap and bang of fireworks resounding in the echoes of the courtyard. I couldn't wait for the machine to finish! It had already been an hour or so since my grandmother (Nonna) had started the process, loading the ice and salt around the outside of the canister. The promise of real Italian Ice/lemonade had my mouth watering!

I can taste it even today, the little bits of fresh lemon and ice. It's soothing feel of relief as I took my first spoonful. It may have been the heat combined with anticipation, but nothing ever tasted so good.

Now, being from Chicago there were plenty of places to go buy some, but nothing taste as good to an Italian than homemade!

Those typical arguments amongst Italians about meatballs or lasagna or Marinara etc. Come to mind. You wanted grandmas or mamas cooking, going out to eat was pointless. 

But I found a way! With the Lemon Ice anyway :) I was fortunate enough to obtain the right kind of ice and the method to make it fresh to order and best of all, about a minute wait!

I make it to taste and to order. Available in cups of various sizes or a Pint to take home and share with the kiddies or for a party. 

Next time you are in Berwyn, or want to take a trip to for that special experience, stop by Rissi's!

6834 Windsor Ave, Berwyn

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Sweet Life

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Luck O' the Irish Mint Hot Chocolate

Introducing the newest member of our Hot Chocolate family. You will never have a better Hot Chocolate, in my humble opinion. We use REAL chocolate, no powder and no syrup. Warm your soul while you delight your taste buds and stop in to Rissi's Today!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Introducing our newest Shake~ The Frosty Leprechaun

Introducing our newest Shake~ The Frosty Leprechaun
This shake is made from our Premium Hershey's Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, a delicious, creamy way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Stop in today and enjoy REAL ice cream of the highest quality. Rissi's Old Time Ice Cream!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Rissis Giant Birthday Bowl

We offer a large Chocolate Bowl filled with 5 Scoops of your choice of Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, Caramel/Fudge topping, and Peanuts or your choice of Oreo or Nutter Butters, topped with a Cherry! It's fun to share and socialize with your friends or family and EAT the BOWL! Come on in and enjoy our Premium Hersheys Ice Cream today: $20.99 Available for your party from 1-5 people.

Old Time Ice Cream Birthday Parties!


Fun for kids, moms & dads. You won't be disappointed or have as much Old Fashioned Fun. We provide a Warm Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundae. A warm cookie covered in your choice of any flavored ice cream, whipped cream, caramel or fudge. Also provided, two old time games to play!

Other packages are available and you can upgrade at any time to a Candy Buffet and an old time toy for the Birthday Girl or the Birthday Boy!

Basic Party Package Price per Child: $9.99
Party lasts 1 Hour.

Candy Fun Package with Candy Buffet: Lots of candy in your choice of color. A Party Pizza, and a Whirly Pop for the Birthday boy or girl. Price per child, $16.99
Party lasts 1 1/2 hours.

Premium Package: All of the above plus a custom made chocolate per child (your choice of theme), Plus prizes are provided for the winners of the games: $19.99
Party lasts 1 3/4 Hour

*We provide your color theme party favors, table cloths, plates cups.
*All packages are flexible and can be upgraded.