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In Rome, Small Artisanal Gelato Chains Thrive

Rome’s economic stability is rapidly deteriorating and many sectors are crippled by lack of growth, inflation, and brain drain. Fortunately, the crisis has a silver lining. Small businesses are benefiting from reduced commercial rents, which allow them to open branches in the center of town. In the past month, four of the city’s top artisanal gelato shops have opened shops in or near the center. Store managers acknowledge that rent in downtown Rome is never cheap, but say lower rates provide opportunity. Here’s what’s new:

Gelateria del Teatro
Lungotevere dei Vallati 25. The long established gelateria near Piazza Navona has opened a second shop next to the river near the end of Via Arenula. The space is twice the size of the original location and features cobblestones on the floors and frescoes on the ceilings.

Corso Vittorio Emanuele 96. V-ice has opened its third branch just off Largo Argentina, permanently replacing Corona as the best gelato in that hood. In addition to rich and creamy organic gelato, V-ice also sells cakes and savory snacks.

Via Roma Libera 11 (Piazza San Cosimato). Maria Agnese Spagnuolo’s all natural gluten free gelato, which opened its third shop in Monti in May, has just added a fourth location, in Trastevere.

Il Gelato Bistrò
Circonvallazione Ttrionfale 13. Claudio Torce’ strikes again! This place is for a stop after Pizzarium. On Thursdays they will be hosting Parla Food-inspired gelato aperitivo.

And here is the new and improved Parla Food gelato map for Rome, updated to reflect these very recent openings:

View The Best Gelato in Rome and Therefore the World in a larger map

2017-02-17T15:17:34+00:00 August 7th, 2012|Categories: Culture, Food & Wine, Gelato, Rome & Lazio, Sweets & Dessert|9 Comments


  1. Susan Van Allen August 8, 2012 at 6:23 am - Reply

    I always love when you give us the gritty reality reality with such sweet stellar advice–Grazie! I’ve been to Fatamorgana and al Teatro and agree. Now I know I NEED to try the other two…a presto!

  2. Taylor August 9, 2012 at 9:47 am - Reply

    I am happy to see Gelateria del Teatro opening a new location! One of my favorite gelaterias in Rome. Thanks for sharing Katie!

  3. Lauren August 9, 2012 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    This is great to see! I’ve been living in Spain since the crisis essentially hit in 2009, and to my dismay, the small artisans are being and have been pushed out. What we are seeing is a sudden influx of franchise outlets, sandwich, sweets and frozen yogurt shops stuffed with industrial products and they are spreading like wildfire. I wish the people could see the benefit of building community, seems like these gelato examples are doing that, while creating a great local product! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Becky October 30, 2012 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    Just had the best gelato from Golitti in Testaccio. Pistachio and Zabaglione. The shop looks nothing from the outside but the gelato was amazing!

    • Katie October 31, 2012 at 6:10 pm - Reply

      Giolitti in Testaccio is one of the many in Rome that uses hydrogenated veg oils and artificial colors and flavors in their gelato. On your next trip, take a stroll to Il gelato (viale aventino 59) for the proper stuff not made with chemicals.

  5. Becky October 31, 2012 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    Are we really talking about the same place? It was a traditional looking little place with an old man behind the counter. Not the same as the chain i’m sure.
    This is it

    The gelato seemed excellent to me.

  6. Becky October 31, 2012 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    My apologies, i’ve just read the whole article and it is the same as the chain! It just shows how easily you can be misled!

  7. Katie October 31, 2012 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    im not sure if it is related to the famous giolitti by the pantheon. i only know that i was taken there on a food tour, looked at the ingredients, chucked out my barely touched gelato and never turned back. it’s tough to find gelato in rome not made with chemicals. sad, actually.

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