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Lighthouse Italian Ice

Strollo's lighthouse Italian Ice

We are approaching the end of March – spring has started, and that means summer is right around the corner! I don’t know about you, but when I think of summer nights it always includes Italian ice and ice cream. One of my favorite places to get Italian ice is Strollo’s Lighthouse in Long Branch – and they just reopened for the season!

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300 Ocean Ave, units 6B & 3D

The Lighthouse has been around since the 1930s, when it opened in an old garage right across the street from the ocean. People all over the area line up on hot summer nights to taste their old fashioned lemon ice. Over the years the operation has been passed down from generation to generation, never changing the original recipe. What makes it so amazing is that they serve their homemade Italian ice through a soft serve ice cream machine into a soft squeeze cup, so it is always soft and smooth. You can eat it right away, without having to wait for it to defrost and soften. As demand grew, the amount of flavors grew – they now have 18 different flavors of ice. They also serve soft vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream as well as shakes, sundaes, and if you’re watching your weight, low fat ice cream and sugar free Italian ice. Because all the products are homemade, you can count on them being consistently delicious.

Lighthouse is not in that little garage anymore – they now have four different locations. There are two in Long Branch: one at 250 Ocean Avenue N and the other at 69 Brighton Ave. Their third is in Point Pleasant Beach at 101 Ocean Ave and the fourth is in Red Bank at 64 Bridge Ave. But it doesn’t matter which location you go to – you will always receive the same great Italian ice that was made with the Strollo family’s traditional recipe from the 1930s. Like they say – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!