ROME, ITALY - 27 AUGUST 2016: (L-R) Franca Tozzi pours blocks of ice in an ice crusher while Rosanna Mariani prepares a grattachecca at "Alla Fonte D'Oro", a kiosk established in1903 by Giovanni Crescenzi, in Rome, Italy, on August 27th 2016. "Alla Fonte d'Oro" uses a mechanical ice crusher.
The “grattachecca” is a serving of crushed ice topped with a medley of fruit syrups. Today’s grattacheccari can be divided into two distinct categories: the purists vs. the hygienicals. The former insist that the ice must be grated by hand from a large block of fresh ice using a metal device that resembles a carpenter’s hand plane. Those in the latter category use a mechanical ice crusher.