In 1998 Brothers Ron and Bob Palagi joined forces creating Palagi Brother’s Ice Cream LLC keeping a family tradition alive that started in 1896. Their grandfather ‘Antonio’ Tony Palagi was born in Borgo a Mozzano, Italy and eventually made his way to Pawtucket, RI with his brother ‘Pietro’ Peter Palagi just before the turn of the 19th Century. They both created their own separate ice cream businesses, Tony Palagi’s Ice Cream and Peter Palagi’s Ice Cream Respectively. Back then the Palagi’s used the horse and wagon as their form of transportation for distribution and sales.
Ron and Bob recall stories from their father Alfred about how as a child Alfred would wake up prep and groom his father Tony’s horse that was named ‘Tom’ before he would make his way to school for the day. Tom the horse not only provided the transportation but was also a favorite for all of the people from the neighborhood. Tom knew the ice cream route so well that if Tony couldn’t work for a day someone could fill in and Tom would basically lead the way even if the person filling in for the day didn’t know the route. Eventually the horse and buggy would be retired because of the inception of the Model A Ford. Tony purchased his 1934 V8 Ford woody ice cream truck which he ran for years until his son Alfred took ownership of it and then his son Ron after him. These Classic trucks would go on to ride through the streets of Southern New England for about 50 years and were eventually replaced by the modern ice cream trucks that you see on our roads today.
In 1963 Ron Palagi purchased an ice cream truck equipped with a cold plated freezer for $2,500. He drove that until the 70s when he purchased two 1973 P10 Chevrolet Trucks one of which he rented out monthly and one that he drove himself. Ron was the one that expanded the business from Rhode Island to Massachusetts. His route was based in Attleboro, MA. He built a fantastic relationship with the people of Attleboro which has been developing for almost 50 years and counting.
1977 Ron’s youngest brother Bob Palagi started working full time in the family business. Bob also developed his route over the Rhode Island border into Massachusetts. Bob’s route was based in North Attleboro. He also developed a great relationship with the people of the town.
In 2017 Bob’s son Adam Palagi bought into ownership expanding the family business into it’s fourth generation.
Palagi Brothers also give back to our local communities to show our appreciation to the towns in which we have made our livings over the years. Palagi Brothers contribute to our local school’s, sporting teams, and police annually! Choose Palagi Brothers to bring excitement to your special event! Not only will you be satisfied by our service it is also very affordable with most items costing only $1 or $4 dollars a piece. We offer 10% discount or contribution to local schools with a $200 minimum.