Zarlengo’s is a family-owned and operated Italian Ice and Gelato company. It all began when Tom and his father John had a vision of one day opening their very own ice cream shop in their hometown of Chicago Heights. In 1983, with a baby on the way, Tom and wife Mary Lou partnered with John and Sally Zarlengo to establish Zarlengo, Inc. With deep roots in construction, the culinary realm was a new and exciting venture that was filled with many ups and downs. All items were originally purchased from various suppliers but taking after his father, Tom wanted to place a higher emphasis on quality. The first item ever produced by Zarlengo’s was the Zar Bar, a hand-dipped ice cream bar that at the time was only available dipped in dark chocolate. We now produce over 10 varieties of Zar Bars including limited runs of Gelato Bars. Shortly after, Tom took an interest in producing his own Italian Ice beginning with his first flavor: Lemon! Through trial and error, he refined his recipe until he came up with the lemon recipe that is still served to this day. His list currently exceeds 50 all-original recipes and continues to grow as new flavor possibilities emerge.
Today our products can be found in restaurants, country clubs, specialty stores, hospitals, grade schools, tradeshows, and U.S. Cellular Field at every White Sox home game. We specialize in homemade Italian ice, artisan gelato, and handcrafted ice cream novelties. Our goal is to offer our patrons the best tasting frozen desserts they’ve ever had! We do this by carefully selecting the freshest ingredients available and by making all products in small batches or production runs. All recipes are still made from scratch by either Tom, his eldest son Tommy, or his youngest son Todd. We take pride in every product we produce. Be sure to take your loved ones out for something special. After all, our products are handmade by our family…for yours.