We’ve had a few readers mention how much they love Rita’s Italian Ice. This popular chain has been been making fresh Italian ice with real fruit since 1984. Over the years, they’ve added some cream and custard options to their menu, which obviously contain dairy. But their selection of dairy-free ice flavors is still massive, and they even have some tasty toppings, too.
Dairy-Free Menu Guide to Rita’s Italian Ice Shops
We didn’t list out all of the dairy-free ice flavors because there are so many of them! If you can’t decide, order an ice flight with your top four picks.
- Classic Ice: All flavors are dairy-free, except Chocolate Chocolate Chip.*
- All-Natural Ice: All flavors are dairy-free and made without top allergens!*
- Sugar-Free Ice: All-Natural Ice: All flavors are dairy-free and made without top allergens!*
- Cream Ice: All flavors contain dairy.
Note: All Italian Ice flavors can be blended into smoothies.
*At time of our review, most recently in October 2020. New flavors could be added at any time.
Toppings & Mix-ins
- Apple Pie Filling
- Brownie Batter Bites
- Cookie Dough Bites
- Maraschino Cherries
- Mini Gummy Bears
- Oreo Cookies
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Sauce
- Strawberry Topping
- Wet Walnuts
- Wonka Rainbow Nerds
Note: Their sprinkles do not contain milk, but they have a potential cross-contamination warning for milk.
- Cake Cones
Waffle Cones & Waffle Bowls: Each store has the option to fresh bake their own, or buy them premade from from a set vendor. The fresh-baked waffle cones and bowls contain dairy and eggs, but the premade waffle cones and bowls are dairy-free and egg-free. Ask in store to find out which one they offer.
Note: The Chocolate Cone Dip is made without milk ingredients, but it has a potential cross-contamination warning for milk.
This Post is for Informational Purposes Only
Menus, ingredients, kitchen procedures, management, and restaurants are subject to change at any time. Always read the menu and discuss your dietary needs with the staff before ordering. Make sure that they can accommodate your situation. This post is for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as advice.
There is always a risk for potential cross-contamination of allergens in any commercial kitchen. If cross-contamination is an issue for you, always speak with the manager to ensure that your meal can be safely prepared. Listings here do not guarantee that a restaurant is safe enough for your individual needs. Only you can make that decision.
Where to Find Rita’s Italian Ice
They have over 600 locations in 30 U.S. states. See their website below for addresses, hours, their full allergen menu, and contact information.