Here is the best and most beloved gelaterie in Rome…
It is the weather for licking sweet melting scoops of gelato from morning til night. These are our favourite icecream or gelato in Rome.
Top Locations: Piazza degli Zingari, 5 (Monti), Via Bettolo, 7 (Prati), Via Roma Libera, 11 (Trastevere), Via Laurina, 10 (Via del Corso), Via Aosta 3 (Re di Roma)
Why: Each visit to Fatamorgana is a new adventure for your taste buds. They change their selection frequently and their creative flavors vary from chocolate with tabacco, to gorgonzola. Fatamorgana ensures the gelato is prepared with ingredients and special techniques that guarantee all flavors are all gluten free.
Romeing Recommends: The zaniest flavor they offer! Go wild!
More Info: gelateriafatamorgana.it
Top Location: Via dell’Angeletto, 15 (Monti)
Why: This tiny gelateria is tucked away in Monti has gluten free, as well vegan friendly flavors. The owner previously worked at the famous Gelateria dei Gracchi and is now bring the same amazing gelato taste to Monti. Putting spins on traditional and seasonal ingredients, this “corner” gelateria is the go-to spot for those looking to enjoy a generously scooped gelato while wandering around the neighbourhood.
Romeing Recommends: Honey and rice. Similar to a rice pudding, this flavor is a healthier option that is both a refreshing and filling.
Gelateria dei Gracchi
Top Locations: Via dei Gracchi, 272 (Prati), Via di Ripetta, 261 (Piazza del Popolo), Viale Regina Margherita, 212 (Nomentano)
Why: Gelateria dei Gracchi deserves its rave reviews, and is consistently in the top ten best gelato list-by both locals and visitors alike. They use locally-sourced ingredients, and each all-natural flavor is carefully marked with its contents to accommodate those with diet restrictions.
Romeing Recommends: Pear and caramelsweet, sharp and smooth all at the same time and the pistachio, which has chunks of pistacchio all through it.
More Info: gelateriadeigracchi.it
Top Locations: Via Agonale, 3 (Navona); Via della Maddalena 30 A (Pantheon); Via dei Giubbonari, 53 (Campo dei Fiori).
Why: Go beyond gelato and head to GROM for sorbets, ices and frappes. They have an extensive guide to each flavor’s ingredients for those with allergies or lactose intolerance. They never use any preservatives, or synthetic dyes and most of the fruit they use is from their own farm.
Romeing Recommends: Combine their Guatemalan Coffee with the Pistachio. Two standard flavors that make a rich and rewarding mix
More Info: grom.it
Established Gelato Institutions
Top Location: Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina, 29 (Via del Corso)
Why: Since 194, generations of family members have contributed to this purist gelateria. Ciampini is very particular.They use only organic milk, cream and eggs in the flavors, maintaining a tradition of the highest quality. It’s impossible to go wrong with their traditional flavors: the chocolates, the nuts, the coffees – all are creamy with rich textures.
Romeing Recommends: Raspberry and nutella with a dash of whipped cream.
More Info: ciampini.com
Gelateria San Crispino
Top locations: Via della Panetteria, 42 (Trevi Fountain); Piazza della Maddalena, 3 (Pantheon); Via Acaia, 56 (Appio-San Giovanni); Fiumicino Airport (Terminal A).
Why: San Crispino’s passion for combining old and new recipes has made it a Roman institution known for great gelato. Word is, San Crispino is so passionate about the purity of their product, they prefer to not sell the gelato in a cone- it may compromise the flavor.
Romeing Recommends: Crema all’armagnac plus cacao. Oak barrel aged brandy and chocolate- it’s strong stuff!’
More Info: ilgelatodisancrispino.it
Gelateria del Teatro
Top Locations: Via dei Coronari, 65 (Navona) and Lungotevere dei Vallati, 25 (Campo dei Fiori/Lungotevere)
Why: Gelateria del Teatro is so confident about their quality that in each of their two charming locations you can watch them make their gelato. Flavors include lavender with white peach and pumpkin with chocolate and there is a variety of cone sizes to choose from, including the giant, five-scoop cone monster.
Romeing Recommends: Spring specialty: rosemary and lemon, a refreshing, cleansing, light yet satisfying flavor.
More Info: Facebook gelateriadelteatro
Top Locations: Via Uffici del Vicario, 40 (Pantheon); Viale Oceania, 90 (Eur)
Why: Giolitti is a historic success story, they were established in 1900 and are still family run. Their Pantheon location is the original store, and is the most elegant place to devour a gelato in Rome. They also have other sweets, such as ice cream cakes, pastries and chocolates.
Romeing Recommends: Taste: The Coppa Giolitti, a gelato ‘sundae’ with custard, chocolate, zabaione, cream and hazelnut shavings.
More Info: giolitti.it
Come il Latte
Top Location: Via Silvio Spaventa, 24 (Repubblica/Barberini)
Why: Come il Latte are dedicated to quality, and create their flavors with seasonal ingredients. If the richness of the gelato isn’t enough, you can add swirls of chocolate or flavored cream topping.
Romeing Recommends: Chocolate with chilli. One of their new flavors for summer, it’s a sweet treat with a kick.
More Info: comeillatte.it
Top Location: Viale dei Colli Portuensi, 594
Why: To understand Otaleg’s approach to gelato, just step into the store. It is fronted with their ‘laboratory’, their self-proclaimed soul. Otaleg also offers professional and amateur courses, from how to become a gelato connoisseur, to how to make gelato at home.
Romeing Recommends: Choose the pure flavors; the hazelnut, pistachio, and almond are revelations. The seasonal fruit is biting in its freshness.
More Info: otaleg.com
Top Locations: Via Collina, 13-15 (Sallustiano), Via Gadames 26/28 (Libia), Corso d’Italia 82 (Piazza Fiume)
Why: The sweet tooth’s heaven, I Caruso, has a monthly gelato menu, featuring a flavor of the
month, and weekly special. They specialize in a purist process, no crazy mixes, just the reliable favorites done extremely well. Their ‘zabaione’ is available year round and possibly the tastiest in Rome.
Romeing Recommends: Cremolato-finer and stronger than a granita, but as creamy in texture as a gelato (made with 100% fresh fruit.)
More Info: gelatoicaruso.it
Fior di Luna
Top Location: Via della Lungarina, 96 (Trastevere)
Why: Fior di Luna are true, certified organic and fair trade gelato artisans. They source most of
their ingredients locally, and they don’t have cones because the manufacture of cones does not comply with their ethos.
Romeing Recommends: Fior di Luna are very proud of their sorbets-only fresh, seasonal fruits are used, and the zinging, fruity taste will leave you refreshed.
More Info: fiordiluna.com
Top Locations: Via Ostiense 48, (Ostiense), via Cola Di Rienzo 2 (Prati)
Why: Established in 1947 as a family run gelateria, La Romana have now expanded all over Italy. They have strict production rules,eco-friendly packaging and they publish a full list of ingredients on their website. Creative artisan gelato with a conscience.
Romeing Recommends: White mascarpone, Raspberry and toasted pine nuts, or cream scented with vanilla and lemon rind, or nougat with hazelnuts and chocolate or…
More Info: gelateriaromana.com