When you’re craving gelato on a hot day in Rome, anything cold will do. But some gelato is definitely better than others – avoid any gelateria where the gelato is piled up high, in shades of neon blue and lime green, and look out for places which use fresh, seasonal ingredients. There are plenty of good quality gelato in the city centre, if you know where to look. These are six of the best:
Gelateria del Teatro
Via dei Coronari 65
Located on one of the most picturesque streets in Rome’s centro storico, this gelateria is a real treat. You can watch the staff making gelato in the shop window, before queuing up to sample a range of delicious flavours, from a genuinely nutty pistacchio to stracciatella with a minty twist. Although it’s primarily a gelateria, you’ll also find a tempting selection of pastries, including Sicilian cannoli and fruit tarts.
Piazza degli Zingari 5
If you’re in Monti, Trastevere or Prati, you’re not far from a Fatamorgana. This popular organic gelateria has expanded in recent years, opening branches across the city centre. There are some creative flavours, such as uva e noci (grape and walnuts), amarena e birra (amarena cherry and beer) and basilico, noci e miele (basil, walnuts and honey), as well as the more traditional flavours such as chocolate and strawberry. Bacio del principe (“the prince’s kiss”), a creamy mix of gianduja and hazelnut, is highly recommended.
Fatamorgana is also the perfect choice for anyone with allergies or dietary requirements – there are plenty of milk-free flavours.