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Mario's Italian Lemonade has been a mainstay in the neighborhood since 1954. Credit: Provided/Mario's Italian Lemonade Facebook

LITTLE ITALY — It's officially summer at Mario's Italian Lemonade shop.

The popular frozen ice shop in Little Italy, 1068 W. Taylor St., is reopening Wednesday, owner Mario DiPaolo said. His parents Mario DiPaolo Sr. and Dorothy DiPaolo opened the family shop in 1954.

The myriad flavors customers can try include lemon, strawberry, pineapple, watermelon, orange and even chocolate. Flavors marked as “limited” on the Mario's Italian Lemonade website are grapefruit, green apple, honeydew, melon and peach. Customers ordering a medium or larger size can mix two flavors.

The flavors are made by hand from squeezed fruit, sugar and ice and are available in sizes from 7 ounces up to a five-gallon “party bucket.”

Mario's is open 10 a.m.-11 p.m. every day. It typically closes for the season sometime in September.


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