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Rita’s Italian Ice to serve free ices on first day of spring

All Rita's locations will be giving away a

All Rita's locations will be giving away a custom-sized Italian Ice all day Sunday to mark the first day of spring. Credit: Rita’s

To commemorate the first day of spring on Sunday, Rita’s Italian Ice in Oceanside, Farmingdale, Deer Park, Franklin Square and East Islip will be giving away free ices until 9 p.m.

Customers can choose any flavor to be served in a 7-ounce collector’s First Day of Spring cup.

The spring season also marks the return of custard to the menu, after Rita’s phased out the product last year due to a nationwide egg shortage.

Philadelphia fireman Bob Tumolo founded Rita’s in 1984, with a recipe for water ice similar to those served in his city’s Italian-American neighborhoods for generations. Today, there are more than 600 Rita’s locations around the world, including the five on Long Island.

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