I think this is a regional specialty – at least, I have never seen water ice north of Long Island or south of DC. We discovered it when my now-husband moved to the Philly area during our dating days, and except for one or two chance encounters, have always had it from Rita’s. I liked Rita’s well enough as a once-a-year treat, but I assume that is because I haven’t had the better versions. I just like the texture of water ice (as opposed to the grainer, harder Italian ice I am used to seeing.) I should have asked this before our trip, but for the next time, does anyone have any suggestions for great, non-chain water ice?