I didn't know what to expect when I heard that this place mixes shaved ice and custard- but to my surprise I really liked it! If you are looking to try something new- make your way to Rita's! Our family took us to Rita's when we visited. Apparently, this chain is a hot commodity in this area. They serve soft serve custard and flavored ice. I did appreciate that they had a sugar free option on the ice. Other than that, I don't think I "got" it.
In most Spanish-speaking countries, the word piragua means a pirogue , a small, flat-bottomed boat. In Puerto Rico, the word piragua refers to a frozen treat made of shaved ice and covered with fruit flavored syrup. Unlike the American snow cone which is round and resembles a snowball , the piragua is pointy and shaped like a pyramid. Unlike the typical American snow cone, which is often eaten with a spoon, the piragua is eaten straight out of the cup or sipped through a straw. Flavored syrups commonly used in piraguas include the following: .