Wednesday's Top 10: Hot Spots to Cool Down At and Enjoy an Italian Ices

Get the scoop on Italian Ices! They are the perfect summer alternative to ice-cream.

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Italian Ices are the perfect sweet treat on a hot summer day!  Prepare your taste buds for a cool, refreshing alternative to ice cream.  Flavors range from standard lemon to mind-boggling menus of exotic choices.  They can be water or creme based and can also be made in sugar free or fat free.  Don't let the long lines scare you.  Generous samples are offered for the indecisive.  Sizes range from the old-fashioned squeeze cups to family size take home containers.  Become your own mix-ologist by creating your own flavor combinations.  
Many debate the folklores around the creation of Italian Ice. Western historians believe the refreshing treat was discovered accidentally under the Roman Emperor Nero’s rule.  Others believe the Chinese gave Marco Polo the treat. Marco Polo enjoyed it so much that he took the idea with him when returning to Europe, thus becoming “Italian Ice”. Although it is not clear exactly who to credit, one thing is clear, Italian Ice are delicious!  

Unfortunately, Italian Ices are a seasonal business.  At the end of the season you might be able to buy your favorite flavors in bulk at a discount and hoard them in your freezer all winter.
  • Ralph's Famous Italian Ices
    Multiple locations Island-wide
    Anticipation grows at Ralph's Italian Ices as you wait for your turn at the window of one of their iconic blue & white locations. 
  • Uncle Louie G's
    Multiple locations Island-Wide
    Feel like a kid again while eating these yummy  frozen treats, available in a myriad of flavors.
  • Rita's Ices
    107 Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station (631) 549-1117
    Rita's Ices are smoother than a snowcone and are made with fresh fruit.
  • Slices & Ices
    159 Higbie Lane, West Islip (631) 893-8000
    Enjoy their pizza or just come in for the ices, either way, you'll fall in love with this on-the-go Italian joint!
  • Luigi's Italian Ices
    124 East Main Street, Patchogue (631) 758-1700
    This snack stand sells dozens of mouth-watering flavors - make sure to try a few before deciding on a favorite!.
  • Bobby O's Gourmet Italian Ices
    501 Dubois Avenue, Valley Stream (516) 374-2860
    Sweet summertime treats to be enjoyed by all at this Valley Stream Italian Ice Hot Spot.
  • ANR Italian Ices
    64 School Street, Glen Cove (516) 801-0982
    Stop in for fantastic flavors - ANR has countless choices, with different options available daily.
  • Frankies Italian Ice
    6274 Route 25A, Wading River (631) 886-2001
    So many delicious Ice flavors, it's hard to pick just one!
  • Chilly Willy's Italian Ice
    210 Laurel Road, East Northport (631) 754-3798
    Walk through town while enjoying a Italian Ice - the perfect summer evening cooldown.
  • Selden Batting & Grand Prix
    1117 Middle Country Road, Selden (631) 3732-9144
    Enjoy over 100 flavors of Italian Ices.  You will need to cool off after using the batting cages or driving the grand prix cars.
Does your family have a go-to Italian Ices spot?  We'd love to hear about your favorite flavors on forum!