Shake & Twist keeps tradition alive for ice cream lovers
One of the images that summer brings to mind is the old-fashioned, walk-up ice cream parlor, with outdoor picnic tables where people of all ages gather to enjoy their treats under the sun.
Coraopolis has such a place with Shake & Twist, which also has four other locations in greater Pittsburgh. The eateries sell numerous frozen treats -- like soft-serve ice cream cones, sundaes, shakes and malts -- and the locations in Coraopolis and McDonald also sell hot food, like hot dogs, burgers and fries.
Shake & Twist is a great place to enjoy a summer day with yummy food at a great price, whether a quick snack or a full meal, says Debbie Rozzo, manager of the Coraopolis Shake & Twist.
"It is a walk-up ice cream shop," she says. "It's a good place to come. ... We have quite a lot of families come in the summer months and sit outside."
Frozen favorites among customers include Freezes ($2.69, $3.19 and $4.09), which are similar to the Dairy Queen Blizzard and come in numerous flavors, including chocolate chip, cookie dough, Hawaiian, strawberry Oreo, chocolate brownie, Butterfinger and Nestle Crunch.
Specialty sundaes ($2.89-$3.89) also are popular, with flavors ranging from fruit parfait to fudge cake. Regular sundaes ($1.99, $2.29 and $2.69) come in flavors including hot fudge, cherry, butterscotch and walnut. Shakes -- in flavors including chocolate, vanilla, raspberry and coconut -- cost $2.56, $2.99 and $3.73, with malt costing an extra 40 cents. Soft-serve cones in chocolate, vanilla and twist cost $1.70, $2.02 and $2.34. Yogurt shakes cost $3.20, $4.16 and $5.02.
At the Coraopolis Shake & Twist, hot favorites and snacks include regular hot dogs ($1.19) and footlongs ($2.19), hamburgers ($2.49) and cheeseburgers ($2.79), ham barbecue sandwiches ($2.69), steak or chicken salads ($6.95), fish sandwiches ($2.99), and cheese-filled pretzels ($1.79). For a Pittsburgh touch, the Coraopolis location even has fried pierogies for $2.79.
Shake & Twist draws all kinds of customers, from families with kids to youth sports teams to senior citizens. At the Coraopolis location, one gentleman comes every day for ice cream. Staff members know him only as "The Chocolate Man," Rozzo says.
The chain offers printable coupons through its Web site and also accepts coupons from competitors. Shake & Twist is open from around mid-March to mid-October, weather permitting.
Shake & Twist stores previously were Tastee-Freez franchises, but became Shake & Twist when Tastee-Freez became a California-based company. The owners wanted to keep the company local, to have a hometown feel, says George Rozzo Jr., owner of the Coraopolis location. Shake & Twist got to keep the original Tastee-Freez ice cream formula.
"Even though the name has changed, we like being a hometown shop," says George Rozzo, Debbie Rozzo's stepson. He says he used to come to the Coraopolis eatery, which has been there at least 30 years, with his family as a child.
"It's still the same product," he says.
"We want to change a little bit with the times and keep up," he adds. "But at the same time, we want to keep that hometown feel."Additional Information:
Shake & Twist
Locations: Five Pittsburgh-area locations: 800 Fourth Ave., Coraopolis, 412-375-4036; 38 W. Steuben St., Crafton, 412-922-5569; 1238 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks, 412-331-9606; 5200 Brownsville Road, Baldwin, 412-653-1011; and 955 Robinson Highway, McDonald, Washington County, 724-796-1556
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Sprint cancels Framily, rolls out new data pricing plan
- Rossi: Blount brings back Steelers’ swagger
- Steelers re-sign Keisel to bolster depth on defensive line
- Pleasant Hills OKs proposal for Weiss Meats warehouse
- Frances McClure Intermediate School starts foreign language academy program
- Retired McKeesport police officer to pay fine for involvement in gambling ring
- Former Elizabeth Forward custodian’s attorney denies allegations
- Steelers are hoping to mirror Eagles’ full-bore, no-huddle offense
- Run game not primary focal point for Steelers
- CF McCutchen returns to lineup, but Braves blast fast-fading Pirates
- Report critical of Pittsburgh police during stop that left man paralyzed