Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Italian Ice Cart Vendor

Name: Pedro
: Italian Ice Vendor (summer); Food Catering Business (Full-time)
Location of Cart
: Varies, starts at 110th street and 5th avenue then heads south until its all sold out
: Very friendly, upbeat, talkative, attentive, and possesses "street smarts"
How much does he make in a day?
Anywhere from $80-$100.

I am starting to see a lot of these carts around NYC, or similar carts. There are the icee-like ones with the flavored syrup poured over the ice and then there are the Italian ices. So what exactly is an Italian Ice? Its a frozen dessert made from either either concentrated syrup flavoring or fruit purees. It is made by the same process by which ice cream is made -- ingredients are mixed and then poured into a batch freezer -- and waa-la -- Italian Ice is made!

So this is what one vendor had in his cart...

There are FIVE flavors to try and FIVE different size cups to choose from. So how will you decide?
Will it be the cherry? MANGO? lemon & lime? COCONUT? or pineapple?
PHEW! who doesn't like options, right?
I like to mix it up - I got the pineapple and lemon & lime (mango was sold out!)
sorry, I ate it too fast, so there is no picture.

So you think deciding between the all the flavors was tough?
Wait until you see the cups!

$1.00 (rarely offered), $1.50, $2.00, $3.00 ... and then super-sized $5.00 cup!

btw, if its good for Pedro to eat, then its good for you to eat too!

This is a definite must try... it especially hits the spot on a hot and humid day!


Enjoy, I hope you will be able to find Pedro!

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