About Us

Ava's Italian Ice owners Marisa and Joe Cruz

Ava's Story

We believe the choices we make about what we eat, where it comes from and how it's prepared has a direct and powerful impact on the health of our families, communities and the environment.

Ava's Italian Ice aims to connect the Chicago neighborhoods to a quick, fresh and satisfying experience by offering organic fruit in all recipes and 100% recycled cups, spoons and napkins.

We are committed to creating the freshest Italian Ice you'll find anywhere. Our fruits are made fresh daily including our signature Lemon Ice.


History of Italian Ice

It is derived from Granita, that originates in Sicily, that was brought by Italian immigrants to the United States in the 1900s. In parts of the east coast and midwest, it has become a summer staple in communities as a refreshing cool treat during those hot days and nights. 

Keeping the Tradition Alive

Our commitment to only using fresh ingredients gives Chicagoans a true taste of authentic Italian Ice.