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.

All fruits are made fresh daily!

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

The exact origin and history of Italian ice are unclear. Most historians believe that Italian ice came about accidentally due to someone leaving Sarbat, a syrupy fruit drink, on ice for too long. Originating in Italy, and spread around the world by immigrants, arriving in Chicago in the late 19th century. It has been a summer staple of many communities ever since.

A proper ice should contain sugar, frozen water, and whole fruits or juice. Italian ice comes in a multitude of flavors, but the most classic and widespread variety is lemon.

Keeping the Tradition Alive

Ava's commitment to fresh, natural ingredients and "the old way" of making ice gives Chicagoans a true taste of authentic Italian Ice.