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Pesso’s Ices grows huge fanbase thanks to 80 deliciously homemade flavors

Bayside, QUEENS — It’s tiny in size, but big in flavor and in it’s 14 years under the ownership of Gidon Pesso, Pesso’s Ices & Ice Cream has built quite a following.

"Almost every day after I pick up my son from nursery or day camp, this is the first place we come to. He loves this place," one customer said.

There are almost 80 different flavors of ices, ice cream and gelato to choose from and they’re all homemade.

"It takes a while for me to make flavors, to come up with flavors. This actually happened, I think we were on the beach, I said, cherry, everybody loves cherry, but I want a little something different. I made it a little creamier and I put in chocolate chunks," Pesso said.

Pesso’s love for ices developed as he was looking for something new and creative to do after 22 years of painting houses.

He took over a friend’s Italian ice business and took it to another level, coming up with his own flavors.

"We actually used to have a bet with people. If they could eat a spoonful of every one of my flavors, they get a free pint of anything they want," Pesso said.

He takes his Italian ice business so seriously, there’s even a back room where no one else is allowed.

For info on Pesso's Ices & Ice Cream, click here.