Brothers Ron and Bob Palagi have been keeping a family tradition alive that started in 1896. Their great uncle Peter Palagi Sr. was born in Italy and eventually made his way to America where he started his family business in 1896. Back then the Palagi’s used the horse and buggy as their form of transportation. The ice cream shop and horse barn was located on Water St. in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. It was there where the Palagi’s produced their delicious popsicles fudgsicles and ice cream.
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. 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 1960 Ron Palagi purchased two ice cream trucks, one of which he rented out monthly. 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.
In 1977 Bob Palagi would join forces with brother Ron. 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.
Ron and Bob also give back to the community. To show their appreciation to the towns in which they have made their livings The Palagi brother’s contribute to the school’s sporting teams of Attleboro and North Attleboro Annually! If you need them for any special event whether it be for your Company, School, Day Care or Youth Sports League not only will you be satisfied by their service it is also very affordable with most items costing only $1 or $2 dollars a piece. Also depending on the size of the event The Palagi Brother’s can negotiate a contribution towards the event which normally is about 10%.