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PAZZO GELATO, Garden City Park: On any given
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PAZZO GELATO, Garden City Park: On any given day house-made gelato, with many of the ingredients imported from Italy, includes at least dozen flavors. The pistachio tastes deeply of nuts; the dark chocolate is practically black.(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)

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Ice cream best bets on Long Island

What makes ice cream worth going out for is the use of real vanilla, fine cocoa and fresh fruit. Most important, it takes an ice-cream chef with a burning passion for frozen desserts. Here are more than two dozen shops that consistently deliver sweet, creamy goodness in the face of summer swelter. They are worth the trip. --ERICA MARCUS/erica.marcus@newsday.com