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Mario's Italian Lemonade

Restaurants, Ice cream parlors Little Italy, UIC
5 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)

Time Out says

This no-frills seasonal stand has been churning out Italian lemonade since 1954. Though it serves novelties such as snowballs and nuts, you’re really there for the namesake goods: delicately shaved ice with pieces of lemon rinds and flecks of zest, naturally flavored and not too tart or overly sweet. Flavors get fancy—like chocolate or piña colada—but our recommendation is to stick to the fruits (cantaloupe, for example, comes with melon chunks).



Address: 1068 W Taylor St
Cross street: between Carpenter and Aberdeen Sts
Transport: El stop: Blue to UIC/Halsted. Bus: 7, 12, 60, 157.
Price: Average cup: $3
Opening hours: 11am–midnight (open May–Sept)
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Users say (2)

5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.7 / 5

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I totally understand why this place stands out from all the others. First of all, it's cash only and the prices are incredibly fair for Chicago. The frozen lemonade is a perfect mixture between scoopable and drinkable. And the fresh fruit mixed in is to die for. I tried Cantaloupe and Pomegranate and loved them both.