the first SoCal Rita's Italian Ice was such a big deal last week, a bunch of Philadelphia expats (that's where Rita's originated) caravanned up there to visit the new store in Santa Clarita.
We don't know if that also happened in Redondo Beach yesterday when that new location opened, but we do know that if you stop in today between 11 AM and 9 PM, you can get a free Italian ice. Follow along on Twitter for daily flavors.
The Philly-based fruit-flavored "water ice" stand now has more than 625 locations nationwide, and you'll see more of the Swedish Fish, watermelon, orange and lemon ices - and cream ices, cakes and more frozen treats - around these parts soon, as the next shop will open in Santa Monica (2307 Main St.) in May.
403 N. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach; 424-247-7511
26773 Bouquet Canyon Rd., Santa Clarita; 661-666-1113