Water ice seems like an odd specialty for an Italian cheese shop, but Mancuso & Son has been serving it alongside its superior
fresh mozzarella and ricotta for decades. There’s no menu or any indication you can buy water ice; ask for it and an inconspicuous
freezer will open below the register. Today, Philip Mancuso makes the lemon version of this astonishingly fresh-tasting treat with
three simple ingredients: water, lemons and sugar. There’s no cloying corn syrup here masking the puckery-sweet citrus. The finely
crushed ice is studded with bits of grated zest and pulp. Mancuso does make two other flavors (chocolate and cherry), but trust
us when we tell you—there’s a reason that lemon has been the best seller for 72 years.
Lemon water ice, 12 ounces for $2.50
Mancuso & Son • 1902 E. Passyunk Ave.,