Mangione’s Italian Ice opens downtown

Way back in March 2019 reader Steve H. noticed that a sign for Mangione’s Italian Ice Company was posted in the window at 1222 State Street, the former home of Spoon. After a near-record three-year run in the Crystal Ball, reader Harry tells me that the dessert destination has finally opened. The longest tenant in the Crystal Ball was the former Sublime at 901 N. Milpas Street, which was “coming soon” for 5 years (paying rent the whole time I was told) then stayed open for 5 months.

Italian ices, known as “granita” in Italy, do not require dairy products or eggs. They are made from fresh fruits or juices, sugar and water. Air beaten into the mixture is what distinguishes granita from a fruit-flavored chunk of solid ice. Italian ice is denser, so it can be scooped and eaten with a spoon or in a cone, just like ice cream. I am told that Italian ice is more like sorbet in texture and tends to have similar flavor recipes. Hours are Monday-Thursday noon-8 p.m., Friday-Saturday noon-10 p.m., and Sunday noon-7 p.m. Call (805) 968-0000.


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