Rita’s Italian Ice Takes Top Spot on Zagat Survey

Rita’s Italian Ice, the nation’s largest Italian Ice concept with over 625 outlets in 19 states, announced today it has taken the number one spot on Zagat’s annual survey.  Zagat, which was acquired by Google last year, is behind the popular restaurant review books known as the “burgundy bible,” surveyed more than 10,500 diners about 274 restaurant chains and announced the results of its annual Fast-Food Survey last week.  Rita’s Italian Ice was voted number one in the “quick refreshment” category.

With its motto, “Ice, Custard, Happiness”, Rita’s ranked first on the annual survey, followed by Ben & Jerry’s, Haagen Daz, Peet’s Coffee & Tea and Culver’s as the best “Quick Refreshment”.

“This Zagat ranking is significant and proves that Rita’s is dedicated to serving up a big dose of happiness with our freshly made, delicious custom treats,” said Jonathan Fornaci, chief executive officer of Rita’s Franchise Company.  “We would like to thank all our friends and fans who voted for us and we promise to continue to provide the best quick refreshments!”

Rita's Italian Ice Takes Top Spot on Zagat SurveyRita’s Franchise Company, headquartered in Trevose, PA, is the largest Italian Ice concept in the nation, currently operating in 19 states with over 625 outlets. Rita’s presently has international locations opening in China, India and the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao) and is continuing to grow nationally and internationally through franchise opportunities. The popular chain offers a variety of frozen treats including its famous Italian Ice, made fresh daily with real fruit, available in over sixty flavors, Old Fashioned Frozen Custard, Milkshakes, layered Gelati as well as its signature Misto and Blendini creations. With its motto:  “Ice, Custard, Happiness,” Rita’s is dedicated to serving up a big dose of happiness with their freshly made, delicious, custom treats, in a fun-filled atmosphere.

Rita’s was named one of the Top 25 Franchise High Performers by the Wall Street Journal’s “Startup Journal” and Ranked #156 on Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Top 500 Franchise Rankings” for 2011.  For more information about Rita’s please call 1-800-677-RITA or visit www.ritasice.com.

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