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My Guides To Gelato in Rome

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I have updated this post for 2013…It’s that time of year again: gelato season. Granted, rainy and cold winter weather never did stop me from eating gelato regularly, but there is nothing quite like strolling through Rome eating a gelato on a sunny spring day. We may have to wait until it is downright sweltering before granita is available (though I spied some at Corona in Largo Arenula the other day), but that just means more time to savor gelato in all its varied forms.

After nine years of binging on researching Rome’s gelato offerings, I have come up with my ultimate list of gelaterie. You won’t find Giolitti or San Crispino on this litany (indeed, they haven’t been the best at anything but being famous in a long while). Some of my favorite spots are quite central, others more peripheral, but all are worth the trip. In addition to the handy map above, you can follow my ideal gelato itinerary on Foodspotting–spot all 11–and get the full listing on “Katie Parla’s Rome”, my native app for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android. And be sure to check out this post, too.

2017-02-17T15:19:09+00:00 March 29th, 2012|Categories: Gelato, Rome & Lazio, Sweets & Dessert|27 Comments


  1. Orion April 4, 2011 at 12:48 am - Reply

    So refreshing to see a gelateria list without that giant overrated place near the Pantheon (whose name I shall not mention).
    Have you been to Gelateria Miami in Monteverde Vecchio? http://www.gelateriamiami.com/home2.htm I haven’t been there (nor to Rome at all) in a few years, but for several years at the turn of the (XXI) century it was my very favorite.

    • Katie April 4, 2011 at 1:02 am - Reply

      I do not know this Gelateria Miami that you speak of. Looks like ill be taking a trip to Monteverde Vecchio very soon! Grazie!!

  2. Quora April 4, 2011 at 12:59 am - Reply

    What country has the best ice cream?…

    * Italy * . But Giolitti in Rome is terribly overrated. They’re huge enough and have enough turnover that they can afford to have a wide selection of flavors, but hardcore gelato artigianale blows Giolitti completely out of the water. Maybe roughly ak…

  3. Frank April 4, 2011 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    Ah, Katie, it’s too bad I discovered your blog only after I moved away from Rome! It does bring back fond memories, though. We lived only a couple of blocks away from Alberto Pica and enjoyed gelato there often… sigh. 🙁

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  8. Lauren June 28, 2011 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Hey Katie! Love the blog.
    You should check out a small, under rated place called Gelateria dei Gracchi on viale Regina Margherita 212. It’s very good. Some locals I know say it’s the best in Rome.

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  10. shayma July 20, 2011 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    hi katie, i went with my Roman friends to MAXXI on Sunday and they said there was a gorgeous, organic, artisanal gelateria nearby (we ate so much during the brunch at MAXXI that we never made it to the gelateria!). would you happen to know the name? otherwise i shall write to them and ask them…it is supposed to be really fantastic. x shayma

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  12. Andreas SchĂźlke March 29, 2012 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Hi Katie,
    really like your blog!
    after one year in Rome and excessive ice cream tastings, my favorite gelato still is Fassi (on Esquilino, between Piazza Vittorio Emmanuele and Porta Maggiore). They have fair prices and you get a lot of ice cream there.
    My tip to evaluate a Gelateria: carefully try vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. Like this you get a very good idea of the quality of the ice cream.

    PS: Pistacchio is best on the Tiber Island

  13. Kristi March 30, 2012 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    How fortuitous as I just arrived in Rome this morning and have already hit il gelateria. So many creative flavors

  14. Myra April 2, 2012 at 11:20 am - Reply

    Hi Katie, this is not gelato related, but also in time for spring, I’m happy to report that the first bubble (tapioca) tea place in Rome just opened on Via Merulana (between Teatro Brancaccio and Santa Maria Maggiore).

  15. Michelangelo April 10, 2012 at 11:24 am - Reply

    It has all my favourites but Cremeria Aurelia, that is missing!

  16. Hounddogman April 17, 2012 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    I’m with Andreas on this, Fassi or the Palazzo Del Freddo, may not have the very best gelato in Rome, but it’s stll pretty good and it’s such a great place to eat the stuff. Wonderful atmosphere, great retro furnishing. It’s actually on Via Principe Eugenio, 65.

    My favourite gelateria is actually in Nice, Fenocchio in Place Rossetti, open to midnight, nothing better than a Fenocchio gelato at one of the outside tables on a warm summer night.

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    Just back from 3 weeks in Italy, including 7 days in Rome. We had hoped to try Claudio Torce after Sunday pranzo at Flavio al Velavevodetto but ate too much fettucine alla vignarola and fried lamb chops to manage even a bite of gelato. Did get to Gelateria del Teatro, where I had a coppa of salvia e lampone and the ricotta/fico/mandorle. Also tasted my husband’s ginger and dark chocolate with wine. Best gelato I’ve ever had in Rome, although I think another trip is in our future to work our way through the list.

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  21. Adrienne Jenkins July 28, 2012 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    I’m not a fan of Giolitti during the day when it’s swarming with tourists. But I do like a late night passegiata with my gelato and a view of the Pantheon. My new favorite place is Gelateria dei Gracchi in Prati.

  22. Leon May 7, 2013 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    Danielgelo on Via Chiabrera near Basilica San Paolo is the best for me. I lived around the corner for 4 years and must have eaten hundreds of ice creams there – among the best are his ciocolato fondente con arancia, banane, riso, fici di india, actually all of the fruit flavours, and he does an amazing granita di caffe. Coming from the metro you will need to walk past several other gelateria’s on the way but do not be tempted, they all pale in comparison.

    • Katie May 7, 2013 at 10:59 pm - Reply

      i like danielgelo a lot. via chiabrera has such great food. not sure danielgelo is 100% natural, though. do they list ingredients?

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  25. JoannaM May 16, 2014 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    I love your blog! I spent a semester in 2008 at John Cabot University in Trastevere, lived in Monteverde, and loved everything about Rome and my travels around Italy. While living there there, one of my professors recommended Giolitti and/or San Crispino so that’s where I munched on my Roman Gelato. But now having read your gelato posts, I feel jipped and feel a need to return back to Rome! (good thing I threw those coins in the Trevi Fountain!) 🙂


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