On Sunday I had my first gelato after nearly four months away from Rome. I stopped by Ciampini in Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina for a quick cup and, in spite of my compulsion to photograph everything I eat before digging in, I couldn’t resist taking a little taste, then two. Before I knew it the coppetta was not exactly picture worthy. After such a long hiatus, one might think that my experience was somehow influenced by gelato deprivation, but I can say completely objectively that the chocolate and hazelnut cup I was served at Ciampini was some of the best I have ever had. The hazelnut was particularly spectacular and seemed like a sweet, buttery.

For more great gelaterie in Rome, check out Gelatone, Cremeria Monforte, Fatamorgana (3 locations), Ciuri Ciuri (3 locations), Gelarmony, and Old Bridge (don’t mind the bizarre website) .