Near Corona Park where the World’s Fair unisphere is, there is a tiny shop that has served Italian ice for over sixty years in NYC. I grew up having shaved ice, which is very different from Italian ice. I am glad to finally experience what true Italian ice is. And what better way to experience it than getting it from The Lemon Ice King of Corona.
Firstly, the difference between Italian ice and shaved ice is simple. Italian ice is made from water, sugar, and natural fruit juice. The texture is dense making it similar to ice cream but without the milk. Shaved ice is just that-chunks of ice that have been cut off and flavored. Italian ice wins in my book!
I could not decide which flavor to get because they all looked good.
I closed my eyes and put my finger on a random flavor. Rum raisin it was!
With so many flavors of Italian ice, I will surely be back and try them all.
The Lemon Ice King of Corona has been ran by the same family, and it is a local favorite to the people of Flushing and beyond. It continues to be a staple of Italian American history that is important in the making of New York.