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Ice cream best bets on Long Island

No food sums up summer like ice cream, whether it’s a cone on the run, or a sit-down feast of a banana split. Here’s a sampling of Long Island’s independent home-made ice cream parlors.

Gemelli Gelato

Gemelli Gelato (139 West Montauk Hwy., Hampton Bays):
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Gemelli Gelato (139 West Montauk Hwy., Hampton Bays): Set back from Montauk Highway on a gentle slope, Gemelli Gelato is one of the Island's prettiest spots for enjoying ice cream. Sit at a picnic table while the kids run around (and drip) on the expansive lawn. Owners Anthony DePaola and Charlie Ferrante bring a youthful verve to the centuries-old art of gelato, creating flavors such as passion fruit, rainbow cookie, apple pie and white chocolate with raspberries. Even the cones are inventive: In addition to wafer, sugar and waffle, Gemelli stocks red velvet cones and birthday cake cones. More info: 631-594-5600, gemelligelatohamptonbays.com

Dei Coltelli Gelato & Sorbet

Dei Coltelli Gelato & Sorbet (591 Willis Ave.,
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Dei Coltelli Gelato & Sorbet (591 Willis Ave., Williston Park): This corner spot has been dispensing homemade gelato since 2005, but in 2017, Baci Gelato got a new name and a spiffy makeover. Allen Aingorn had been a partner at Baci, but he is sole owner of dei Coltelli. The name (pronounced "day coal-TELL-ee") honors Francesco Procopio dei Coltelli, the Sicilian chef who first popularized Italian ice cream at his Café Procope, founded in Paris in 1686. Here virtually all the ingredients (except for fresh fruit) are imported from Italy. Pistachio, made with Sicilian nuts, is particularly fine. Other popular flavors are bacio (chocolate-hazelnut), stracciatella (cream-flavored ice cream laced with dark chocolate) and salted caramel. Dei Coltelli also makes elegant gelato cakes and gelato pops. More info: 516-801-1706, deicoltelli.com

Gooseberry Grove at Oak Neck Deli

Gooseberry Grove at Oak Neck Deli (80 Bayville
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Gooseberry Grove at Oak Neck Deli (80 Bayville Ave., Bayville): Gooseberry Grove was a fixture in Oyster Bay since 2004, but after owner Bob Liebold lost his lease in 2017, he decamped to Bayville. Liebold, who has a thriving wholesale business, installed his equipment in a commercial kitchen, but he missed having a retail outlet. Oak Neck Deli was happy to oblige and now you can supplement your sandwich with a scoop or shake or sundae. Gooseberry Grove makes dozens of flavors, including chocolate-bacon (chocolate ice cream studded with chocolate-covered bacon) and the legendary Matt's frappé: Kahlúa-flavored vanilla ice cream inundated with chunks of Heath bar and frozen brownie batter. More info: 516-628-1212

Snowflake

Snowflake (1148 West Main St., Riverhead): Snowflake's sundae
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Snowflake (1148 West Main St., Riverhead): Snowflake's sundae flavors follow the North Fork's fruit harvest. The summer starts with strawberries and ends with peaches. Try either fresh-fruit topping with your favorite flavor ice cream from the list of classics or the flavor-of-the-week, or be a seasonal-fruit purist: strawberry ice cream with strawberry sauce, peach with peach. More info: 631-727-4394, snowflakeicecream.com

Ice Cream Cottage

Ice Cream Cottage (1590 Montauk Hwy., Mastic): John
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Ice Cream Cottage (1590 Montauk Hwy., Mastic): John Pastore has been making ice cream at his little "cottage" in Mastic since 1980, serving ice cream in an unparalleled variety of cones including sugar, wafer, double wafer, waffle, chocolate waffle, chocolate chip, chocolate wafer, pretzel and M & M. Ice cream flavors include chocolate overdose (fudge, chips, brownies), black forest (black Bordeaux cherries and broken-up chocolate shell) and chocolate peanut-butter cup. More info: 631-395-3580, icecreamcottage.net

Marvel Frozen Dairy

Marvel Frozen Dairy (258 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach):
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Marvel Frozen Dairy (258 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach): Lido Beach's iconic Marvel ice cream stand got new owners in 2014, aside from a fresh coat of paint, the Fragioudakis family hasn't changed a thing. Folks still line up to get Marvel's signature brown bonnet, wherein a fully loaded cone or cup is upended and then dipped into a vat of melted chocolate that instantly hardens, forming a crisp shell. More info: 516-889-4232

Sweet Treats on the Wharf

Sweet Treats on the Wharf (405 Main St.,
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Sweet Treats on the Wharf (405 Main St., Port Washington): In the nearly two decades that Douglas Shepardson has run Sweet Treats on the Wharf, he has produced most of the frozen desserts known to man: ice cream, soft serve, frozen yogurt, Italian ice, sorbet and shave ice, a Hawaiian specialty in which finely ground ice is topped with sweet, colorful, fruit-flavored syrup, resulting in a refreshing solid-going-slushy beverage. Buy a cup, then stroll onto Inspiration Wharf for one of the best views on the North Shore. More info: 516-708-1706

D'latte Cafe

D'latte Cafe (218 Main St., Greenport): At this
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D'latte Cafe (218 Main St., Greenport): At this Greenport café. owner Frank Purita uses local produce and his own imagination to produce very fine gelato. During the summer, his flavors follow the season: strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, peach; even local goat milk turns up in gelato. For his pistachio he blends nuts from Sicily and Turkey to get just the right flavor. Recent inspirations include white chocolate with lavender, and coconut with lemon grass. More info: 631-477-6738

Sant Ambroeus

Sant Ambroeus (30 Main St., Southampton): Sant Ambroeus
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Sant Ambroeus (30 Main St., Southampton): Sant Ambroeus is the East End's gelato central, the Southampton outpost of a Manhattan ristorante-gelateria itself inspired by the original cafe that opened in Milan in 1931. The surroundings may have an aura of hauteur but the gelato is pure, unadulterated joy. The coffee flavor is done with house-brewed espresso. Fresh banana goes into the banana gelato; the result puts the fruit itself to shame. Also recommended: tangy passion fruit, grapefruit and lemon, and the lush chocolate, hazelnut and vanilla. More info: 631-283-1233, santambroeus.com

Bridgehampton Candy Kitchen

Bridgehampton Candy Kitchen (2391 Main St., Bridgehampton): Little
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Bridgehampton Candy Kitchen (2391 Main St., Bridgehampton): Little has changed at Bridgehampton Candy Kitchen since it opened in 1925, the ice cream is still homemade and fruit flavors, often made with local fruit in season, are a specialty. More info: 631-537-9885

Frozen Cow Ices and Cream

Frozen Cow Ices and Cream (300 Lido Blvd.,
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Frozen Cow Ices and Cream (300 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach): It took some serious scoops to open an ice cream store a block away from Lido Beach's Marvel, but the owners of Frozen Cow have an entirely different approach. The emphasis is on inventive flavors such as sea-salt caramel, and a breakfast special, made with maple syrup and bits of bacon and Belgian waffles. More info: 516-665-3997, frozencowicesandcream.com

Roger's Frigate

Roger's Frigate (99 Main St., Port Jefferson): Roger's
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Roger's Frigate (99 Main St., Port Jefferson): Roger's Frigate does it all: hard ice cream, soft serve ice cream, yogurt, candy, chocolates, gelato, popcorn, fudge, smoothies, cookies, chocolate-covered pretzels. For those seeking a slightly more restrained confection, there's the fruit cream blast, a combination of soft-serve vanilla ice cream and fruit sorbet blended -- but not all the way -- so you can discern the creaminess of the vanilla from the iciness of the sorbet. Sorbet flavors include orange, raspberry, lemon and mango. More info: 631-474-8888, portjeffersonfrigate.com

Sip 'n' Soda Luncheonette

Sip 'n' Soda Luncheonette (40 Hampton Rd., Southampton):
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Sip 'n' Soda Luncheonette (40 Hampton Rd., Southampton): This Southampton stalwart has been in the Parash family since 1958; little has changed since then. The four queens sundae (pictured) features homemade chocolate syrup -- a rarity -- poured over four scoops of homemade ice cream, with whipped cream and a cherry. More info: 631-283-9752, sipnsoda.com

Magic Fountain

Magic Fountain (9825 Main Rd., Mattituck): This North
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Magic Fountain (9825 Main Rd., Mattituck): This North Fork ice cream stalwart is famous for its unexpected flavors. The roster is long and changes frequently, but may include kulfi (an aromatic Indian confection), rainbow cookie, coconut-jalapeno, olive oil or Grape-Nuts. Dairy-free varieties, such as vegan raspberry, are also available. More info: 631-298-4908, magicfountainicecream.net

Viale Gelateria

Viale Gelateria (424 Sunrise Hwy., Lynbrook): At her
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Viale Gelateria (424 Sunrise Hwy., Lynbrook): At her spotlessly clean gelateria, Italian expat Anna Franchi offers about two dozen flavors every day. The variety rotates, but the resonantly nutty pistachio gelato (pictured) is a must-order. Dress it up with chocolate sauce or a sprinkling of crunchy little meringue bits. Even the slim, elegant wafer cones are imported from Italy. More info: 516-442-0094

Marshall's Ice Cream Bar

Marshall's Ice Cream Bar (4276 Merrick Rd., Massapequa):
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Marshall's Ice Cream Bar (4276 Merrick Rd., Massapequa): Marshall's is the sweet rejoinder to the savory Massapequa landmark, All American Burger, that shares its parking lot. The building retains the look and feel of the Carvel it started as, in 1952, but this is an independently owned shop that makes its own ice cream. Marshall's makes a mean malted. The chocolate is intensely, but not ponderously, chocolaty, with just the right kick of malt. More info: 516-798-9723

Henry's Confectionery

Henry's Confectionery (8 Glen St., Glen Cove): Henry's
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Henry's Confectionery (8 Glen St., Glen Cove): Henry's has been serving Glen Cove residents since 1929. For years, the store was owned by the Wolke family; Joseph Valensisi bought it in 2000 and has continued the tradition of classic luncheonette fare and homemade ice cream. Lemon-custard is a flavor you'll find nowhere else but at Henry's. More info: 516-671-3222, henryssweetshoppe.com

Bar A Dessert

Bar A Dessert (38 S. Ocean Ave., Patchogue):
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Bar A Dessert (38 S. Ocean Ave., Patchogue): Thai stir-fried ice cream is the main event at Bar A Dessert. The process originated in Thailand but it hitting the big time in the U.S. Each serving is made to order by blending cream and flavorings on a flat metal disc that has been cooled to minus 21 degrees. The cook uses a spackle knife on the freezing "griddle" to rapidly scrape and chop, hence the "stir-fried" moniker. Once it freezes, the paste is scraped into rolls that resemble tiny rolled-up carpets, placed in a cup and topped with anything from whipped cream to mochi. At this sleek shop -- with high-top tables, white leather seats, bleached woods and a wall-length mural -- you can also get non-ice-cream desserts and espresso drinks. More info: 631-730-8688, bar-a-dessert.business.site

Caffe Italia

Caffe Italia (1745 Deer Park Ave., Deer Park):
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Caffe Italia (1745 Deer Park Ave., Deer Park): Owner Michael Costigliola doesn't understand the American penchant for gelato "with crazy stuff in it." After all, what could be better than vanilla with real vanilla beans, coffee with freshly pulled espresso, strawberry with fresh strawberries, pistachio with nuts from Sicily? Bending to popular demand, he'll make gelato with gingerbread Kit Kat bars or Oreos, but his heart is in the simple, elegant flavors that remind him of Italy. Try a big scoop of gelato sandwiched inside a split brioche bun. More info: 631-667-0201

Leonetti Pastry Shop

Leonetti Pastry Shop (82-16 Glen Cove Rd., Greenvale):
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Leonetti Pastry Shop (82-16 Glen Cove Rd., Greenvale): Saverio and Stella Leonetti used to make gelato back in Bari, Italy. Here, on Long Island, they continue the family tradition at this Greenvale bakery. The gelato here is creamy and clean tasting, made frequently to ensure freshness. There are usually around 20 flavors on offer -- among them, excellent hazelnut, pistachio, coffee and chocolate -- plus a number of fruit sorbetti. Enjoy your scoop of choice at one of the little tables, and pretend you're in Italy. More info: 516-625-8242, leonettipastryshop.com

Herrell's Ice Cream

Herrell's Ice Cream (46 Gerard St., Huntington): Herrell's
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Herrell's Ice Cream (46 Gerard St., Huntington): Herrell's makes a range of ice creams flavored with malt -- malted vanilla, malted chocolate, malted banana, triple malt -- and the refined malted sundae highlights its distinctive nutty-yeasty flavor. Two scoops of ice cream are drizzled with warm homemade penuche sauce (made with brown sugar and butter), then topped with nuts, crushed cookies or candies, whipped cream and a cherry. More info: 631-637-1100, herrellshuntington.com

Hildebrandt's

Hildebrandt's (84 Hillside Ave., Williston Park): At this
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Hildebrandt's (84 Hillside Ave., Williston Park): At this Long Island institution, founded in 1927 and looking pretty much as it must have back then, ice-cream flavors come and go but might include root-beer rock 'n' roll, chocolate-mint wafer, black raspberry, crème brûlée, bananas Foster and lemon-meringue pie. Or chocolate, vanilla or strawberry. Try the old-fashioned "flatcar," ice cream on pound cake, topped with chocolate fudge. A new innovation is the sundae shot: a 2-ounce shot glass with your choice of ice cream and sauce, topped with whipped cream and sprinkles or nuts. More info: 516-741-0608, hildebrandtsrestaurant.com

Wolfies Frozen Custard

Wolfies Frozen Custard (42 Woodbine Ave, Northport): Frozen
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Wolfies Frozen Custard (42 Woodbine Ave, Northport): Frozen custard is softer than ice cream, not as dense as gelato. It's simultaneously creamy and refreshing, and Wolfies is one of the only Long Island shops that makes it. More info: 631-754-4850

Itgen's

Itgen's (211 Rockaway Ave., Valley Stream): Itgen's serves
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Itgen's (211 Rockaway Ave., Valley Stream): Itgen's serves what many consider to be Long Island's best hot fudge. It's deep, dark and not too sweet, and, as is proper for hot fudge, it solidifies upon contact with ice cream. Purists will get this sundae with vanilla ice cream; chocoholics choose chocolate. Both combinations benefit from walnuts. Then again, it was Itgen's butterscotch sundae (with pecans) that was featured Saveur magazine's 2012 "Top 100." The point is, you can't go wrong. More info: 516-825-7444

Krisch's Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlour

Krisch's Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlour (11 Central
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Krisch's Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlour (11 Central Ave., Massapequa): Krisch's classic ice cream recipes, such as toasted almond and coconut, have hardly changed in 60 years. The chocolate is sweet, straightforward and kid-friendly; newer flavors include pralines and cream, peanut butter cup, Fluffer Nutter (marshmallow and peanut butter) and chocolate-covered strawberry. More info: 516-797-3149

International Delight Cafe

International Delight Cafe (Multiple locations): The confection at
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International Delight Cafe (Multiple locations): The confection at these two establishments (322 Bedford Ave., Bellmore and 241 Sunrise Hwy., Rockville Centre) no longer under the same ownership, falls somewhere between ice cream and gelato. Like gelato, there's very little air whipped into it, but most of the flavors have a fat content (12 percent or more) that put them in the ice-cream category. Flavors are numerous and Baroque, as are the frozen desserts made with them. More info: 516-409-5772, internationaldelig.wixsite.com (Bellmore); 516-766-7557, internationalrvc.com (Rockville Centre)

Coyle's

Coyle's (Multiple locations): At locations in Bay Shore
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Coyle's (Multiple locations): At locations in Bay Shore (75 Howell's Rd.) and Islip (509 Main St.), Marty Coyle does not stick to the keep-it-simple school of ice-cream making. To wit, his bestselling flavor (and personal favorite) is chocolate raspberry truffle, whose demure name belies its elaborate composition: chocolate ice cream blended with raspberry sauce, then laced with more raspberry sauce and punctuated with chocolate chunks. The waffle bowl sundae is served in the bowl-shaped equivalent of a waffle cone. More info: coylesicecream.com

Star Confectionery

Star Confectionery (4 E. Main St., Riverhead): This
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Star Confectionery (4 E. Main St., Riverhead): This landmark ice-cream parlor and luncheonette has been in the Meras family since 1920. The ice cream is made either by third-generation owner Anthony Meras or his father (also Anthony), who makes his own chocolate flavoring base with Hershey's cocoa powder. The result is clean and chocolaty, with a caramel undertone. More info: 631-727-9873

Northport Sweet Shop

Northport Sweet Shop (55 Main St., Northport): In
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Northport Sweet Shop (55 Main St., Northport): In business since before World War II, this luncheonette's homemade ice cream is crafted into all sorts of old-fashioned concoctions such as milk frosts (a milkshake garnished with a scoop of ice cream) and French ice cream sodas (topped with fresh whipped cream). Also: a unique lemon custard and a sundae with divine hot fudge. More info: 631-261-3748

Hicksville Sweet Shop

Hicksville Sweet Shop (75 Broadway, Hicksville): The unassuming
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Hicksville Sweet Shop (75 Broadway, Hicksville): The unassuming shop is a throwback to that pre-Baskin-Robbins era, when luncheonettes made their own ice cream, sauces and syrups as well as candies and molded chocolates. Phillip and Eva Zouros, who have owned it since 1974, not only make their own ice cream, but also their own syrups. The chocolate ice cream and chocolate syrup make for outstanding malteds and sodas. More info: 516-931-0130

McNulty's Ice Cream Parlor

McNulty's Ice Cream Parlor (153 North County Rd.,
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McNulty's Ice Cream Parlor (153 North County Rd., Miller Place): Opened in 1991, the shop's signature flavors include vanilla peanut butter, mint chunk, cherry vanilla, butter pecan, raspberry truffle and "moose tracks." A favorite: The Sandpail Sundae, that comes complete with shovel and rake, and a cherry on top. More info: 631-474-3543

Five Pennies Creamery

Five Pennies Creamery (11 N. Park Ave., Rockville
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Five Pennies Creamery (11 N. Park Ave., Rockville Centre): Opened in 2010, Five Pennies looks to the past with egg creams (made with Fox's U-Bet and seltzer from old-fashioned siphons), soft-serve Coney Island custard and Italian fruit ices that are used, in turn, to create the store's signature Cyclone (after the roller coaster), in which the custard and ices are layered in a symphony of delectably cold sweetness. More info: 516-608-4344, fivepenniescreameryny.com

Freezology

Freezology (73 N. Ocean Ave., Patchogue): Ice cream
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Freezology (73 N. Ocean Ave., Patchogue): Ice cream may be the most nostalgic of summer treats, but there's nothing old-fashioned about Freezology (formerly Sub Zero), where individual servings of ice cream are made from scratch in a matter of minutes using super-cold blasts of liquid nitrogen. (Nitrogen, which constitutes 78 percent of the air we breathe, is perfectly safe.) Choose among four ice-cream bases: regular, low-fat, yogurt or vegan. The 48 flavors and 22 toppings can be combined in almost infinite variations. More info: 631-307-9747

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