Rita’s Italian Ice is slowly infiltrating all of San Diego by popping up new locations all over the place! The Rita’s in Mira Mesa opened about two weeks ago and I decided to stop by for a little quickie visit last week.
This location is in the inner part of Mira Mesa off of Camino Ruiz, near Capricorn Way. There’s a new(ish) California Donuts shop nearby, a Filipino restaurant, Little Caesar’s, Azteca Mexican (a market) and Ariana Produce (another market). Ariana Produce has something called mustard oil which I almost bought but wasn’t quite sure what to do with it so I didn’t. Must do research!
Rita’s of Mira Mesa is bit larger than the other two Rita’s I have tried (Bonita and Rancho Penasquitos). This Rita’s actually has tables and chairs so you can sit inside and enjoy your treats on the spot.
It looks pretty much like all of the other Rita’s locations. I saw quite a few people and families stop in for a creamy treat. I’m sure this location will do well being a bit further into the neighborhood!
I actually didn’t care for any of the Italian ice flavors they had that day. It seemed to all be too sweet candy-based concoctions like Swedish Fish and Sour Patch Kids. They did have a Gingerbread ice which I tried but I felt it was too odd to want a whole cup of.
I did notice that they have four flavors of custard: Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla and Vanilla Light. I asked what the difference was between the two vanillas and Vanilla Light is what you’d expect – it’s the “lighter, semi-healthier, less calories” version of frozen custard. The nice woman working there let me sample both side by side and I have to say that the flavor is pretty similar. The Vanilla Light was maybe slightly less creamy and a little airier than the regular vanilla but the flavor and texture are pretty much the same.
I opted to get a sundae with the Vanilla Light custard. I got it with Reese’s Pieces and peanuts since I’m a fiend for peanuts and peanut butter. The woman working the counter forgot but then asked later if I wanted whipped cream and cherries, but I declined.
It was a nice little after-work treat and I could see myself stopping in from time to time for a little frozen goodness. Welcome to the neighborhood, Rita’s!
Rita’s of Mira Mesa
11269 Camino Ruiz
San Diego, CA 92126