Now over 100+ years in business, we pride ourselves in being THE original Italian Ice company in the United States. In 1912 Founder Sam Rosati, a man of humble beginnings, started a business in Philadelphia making Italian ices cranked by hand in the basement of his West Philadelphia home. S.R. Rosati’s first flavor was Lemon Ice. Sam knew from the start that it would take more than water and flavor to create great Italian ices and he soon became known as “the king of water ice”, selling his popular ices from horse-drawn wagons throughout the city and at the Jersey shore. In the mid 50’s, the company moved to its current location in Clifton Heights, PA when the business was handed down to Sam Rosati’s daughter and son-in-law. Rosemarie and Jim Salamone continued to expand S.R. Rosati as it became the leader in its category for the Tri-State marketplace in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Rosati was the first to sell Italian ices in Dixie cups in the 1960’s, later changing to clear plastic cups so customers could see the product they were enjoying.
In 1997 the company was sold to Dave Schumacher, Jim and Rosemarie’s son-in-law and Rich Trotter, Rosati’s current owner and President. Under this leadership, our company’s goal to be a national brand was realized with expansion throughout the continental United States and six neighboring countries.