Meals with Mike G:

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Where to go: Rita’s Italian Ice

Address: 8910 E 96th Street, Fishers, IN 46037

What to get: Gelati

Price: $6

Mike G’s take: As we all know, this summer has been very hot, and after discovering Rita’s Italian Ice, its treats are how I’ve been cooling off in these ridiculous temperatures.

The shop offers two main products, Italian ice and frozen custard. They come in many flavors and offer more than 20 toppings and thousands of combinations. You can create just about anything you want and that’s the joy. Try any flavor ice or custard before making that final decision on what to enjoy. Get a simple custard cone or sundae or cup of Italian ice, but I suggest the products that mix things together like a gelati.

What to try:

Rita’s Italian ice features treats, gelati at the Fishers shop. (Photo by Cliff Duterville)

•Gelati – A gelati is a layering of Italian ice and custard, so it’s the best of both worlds. My favorite is the mango Italian ice with salted caramel custard. The sweet and salty taste gets me every time.

•Ice Tray – Once you’re a pro and know how to match up flavors, the ice tray is a great way to have four different Italian ice flavors. If you want, you can even put custard in the middle.

•Italian Ice Cup – Choose your favorite flavor of Italian ice and get a cup to help you cool off. On Tuesdays, get any flavor regular size for only $2.

I must admit that I’ve been at Rita’s for a gelati at least once a week in this heat. It’s been in the Fishers area about three years now and it’s only open by season starting the first day of spring until late fall. Get there and cool off this summer. National Frozen Custard Day is Aug. 8, and for 99 cents you can get a promotional-size cup of cone of custard.

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