It’s been a looong winter, but Cleveland is finally starting to warm up! To ring in the summer, Mount Granita will celebrate our seasonal opening weekend starting Thursday, May 20th 2021.
You can find us on the sidewalk at 2024 Murray Hill Rd. Thursdays-Saturdays from 5:00pm-9:00pm in Historic Little Italy (while weather permits).
To show our appreciation, we’ll be serving junior scoops of granita every day during our opening weekend for just a dollar!
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Mount Granita at Heinen’s
We are so excited to share that Mount Granita Italian Ice can now be found at Heinen’s stores in Mayfield Village and Pepper Pike!
In addition to our current resellers (Murray Hill Market and DiStefano's), we are thrilled to start doing business with such an esteemed supermarket. Heinen’s is committed to partnering with local producers to find the freshest produce and most delicious products. Like Joe Heinen always said, “You have to find the best to sell the best”.
You can find Lemon, Watermelon, Mint Mojito, Coconut, and Mixed Berry Italian Ice in the freezer section of the Mayfield and Pepper Pike Heinen’s stores.
New Flavor Launch
During the colder months, we love perfecting our current recipes and developing new seasonal flavors to share with you all. Recently we asked each other; how can we combine the smooth creaminess of Coconut or Bananas Foster, with the brilliant citrus flavor of Grapefruit or Lemon Italian ice? The answer was simple-- Orange Creamsicle!
Orange Creamsicle (like all our granita) begins with freshly squeezed juice. Fresh orange juice is combined with organic coconut milk and a dash of pure vanilla extract to create a deliciously creamy, bright and refreshing Italian ice. Try it while it lasts!
From Nonna’s Ricettario: Crema di Latte
The first time I ever paid any attention to cooking from scratch was while watching my great grandma make Crema di Latte. She would call it ‘custard’ in english, and from an outside perspective it may just seem like just a simple pudding made with only five ingredients; milk, sugar, egg yolks, corn starch, and vanilla extract. But to me as a young kid, it was more than just vanilla pudding-- it was like magic. The first time really paying attention to her making it, I was amazed at how she could transform normal pantry items into a delicious dessert in the time it took to boil a pot of espresso. I would watch as she expertly poured all the ingredients (no measurements needed) into a pot, turned on the heat, and caringly stirred over a gentle flame. She would stir, and stir, and stir, all while the milk mixture very slowly heated up. It looked like nothing was happening, yet she kept stirring. I used to get impatient and ask her to turn the heat higher, but she never did. And then all of the sudden-- it was ready! What once was a mixture of milk and sugar became this smooth, velvety, slightly sweet dessert. Looking back, there’s a lot to learn from grandma’s Crema di Latte (too much to dive into in this email), but one big takeaway is how she would make something delicious out of simple ingredients. We took this same approach for creating Mount Granita italian ice. We tried using pre-packaged ingredients, processed sugars, and preservatives, but it just didn’t feel right (or taste right- for that matter). Of course, we always got the best results when we added less ingredients, and focused on the quality of the fresh fruits instead. I still have a lot to learn from Grandma, and I’m forever grateful for the chance to watch her make Crema di Latte.