Gelato at Long Island restaurants: 3 picks

Gelato comes in many tempting flavors at Sant Gelato comes in many tempting flavors at Sant Ambroeus in Southampton. (June 22, 2010) Photo Credit: Doug Young

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If there's one edible that goes with the maxim too-much-is-not-enough, it must be the grand Italian treat gelato. Here are three scoops to keep you cool and happy during August.

FIORELLO DOLCE

, Huntington

You could come here for the excellent pastries and cakes, cookies and chocolates, plus breads. And outstanding gelati. The flavors change regularly. Among the winners: stracciatelle, or Italian chocolate chip, espresso, lemon, vanilla, cantaloupe. Pick at random.

LEONETTI PASTRY SHOP, Greenvale

Yes, the cookies and pastries are reason enough to visit Leonetti's, a standout along a busy stretch of Glen Cove Road. But the gelati could make you a regular. Chocolate-hazelnut, chocolate chip, caramel and vanilla are mainstays.

SANT AMBROEUS , Southampton

This Northern Italian restaurant and bakery brings a little Milan to Main Street in Southampton. But it's the counter with about 25 gelati at the front that is the obligatory stop. Some favorites: hazelnut, passionfruit, grapefruit, lemon, fior di latte, croccantino.

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