Our Story

2018

2018 – The “Ralphie Sandwich” Is Introduced

2018

The Ralphie Sandwich is introduced. A warm french waffle ice cream sandwich with raspberry, chocolate, or pancake sauce.

May 12, 2018 – Shake Shack Pop Up Event

To celebrate Shake Shack opening in the Staten Island, Shake Shack will “popped” up at our flagship Ralph’s Store in Port Richmond, Staten Island. Folks were treated to ShackBurgers and crinkle-cut fries alongside our one-day-only Strawberry SHACKcake flavor Italian Ice.

2015

2015 – Ralph’s Ices Mural Painted

2015 – Ralph’s Ices Mural Painted

Graffiti artist Kwue Molly paints new mural outside Ralph’s Ices in Port Richmond, Staten Island.

1999

1999 – Ralph’s Launches Its First Website

1999

Ralph’s launches its first website.

1998

1998 – Franklin Square Ralph’s Opens

Ralph's Famous Italian Ices - Franklin Square, NY

The Ralph’s Franklin Square, Long Island location opens its doors for the first time.

1988

1988 – Ralph’s Expands Outside Staten Island

Ralph's Famous Italian Ices Starts Delivery

We start delivering Ralph’s Italian Ices to locations outside Staten Island so people could enjoy a real Italian Ice.

1985

1985 – Grandpa Ralph’s Three Grandsons

1985 – Grandpa Ralph’s Three Grandsons

Grandpa Ralph’s three grandsons – Larry, John, and Mike – start working in the Staten Island store.

1966

1966 – Grandpa Ralph Retires

1966

Grandpa Ralph retires. His two daughters, Lucile and Elise, continue the family business. This next generation started to create new flavors, always using the finest ingredients available in order to maintain Grandpa’s high standards.

1949

1949 – First Retail Location Opens In Staten Island

1949

After our grandfather Ralph’s treats became a summertime favorite, he opens his first retail location on Port Richmond Avenue in Staten Island.

1945

1945 – Grandpa Ralph’s Niece Connie Marries

1945

The niece of Ralph’s Ices founder – marries Joseph Carannante four years after meeting him while working the counter at the Port Richmond, Staten Island Ralph’s.

1928

1928 – The Ralph’s Ices Story Begins

1928

Our grandfather, Ralph Silvestro, came to the United States from Italy when he was a young man. He began making what would turn out to be his famous Italian Ices and sold them throughout Staten Island.