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 more creative flavors range from black rice and rose petal, to avocado, white wine, and lime, to their bestseller, basil, walnuts, and honey. Gelati made without sugar and dairy are available, as are gluten-free cones.
Romeing Recommends: The zaniest flavor they offer! Go wild!
More Info: gelateriafatamorgana.it
Top Location: Via dell’Angeletto, 15 (Monti)
Why: Tucked away in the Monti neighborhood, this gelateria has gluten-free and vegan friendly flavors. Putting spins on traditional and seasonal ingredients, Angeletto is the go-to spot for those looking to enjoy a generous helping of gelato while wandering around the district.
Romeing Recommends: Honey and rice. Similar to a rice pudding, this flavor is a healthier option that is surprisingly satisfying.
Gelateria dei Gracchi
Top Locations: Via dei Gracchi, 272 (Prati), Via di Ripetta, 261 (Piazza del Popolo), Viale Regina Margherita, 212 (Nomentano)
Why: Skip the tourist traps around St. Peter’s Basilica and Piazza del Popolo, and make a beeline for Gelateria dei Gracchi, consistently rated as one of the top gelato spots in the city. Gracchi’s flavors faithfully follow the seasons, and range from apple and mint, to rum spiked chocolate, to sweet melone, or cantaloupe.
Romeing Recommends: Pear and caramel. Sweet, sharp, and smooth all at the same time, and the pistachio, laced with toasted, Bronte nuts.
More Info: gelateriadeigracchi.it
Top Locations: Via Agonale, 3 (Navona); Via della Maddalena, 30a (Pantheon); Via dei Giubbonari, 53 (Campo de’ Fiori); Piazza dei Cinquecento (Termini)
Why: Go beyond gelato and head to GROM for sorbets, ices, and frappes. They boast an extensive guide to each flavor’s ingredients for those with allergies or lactose intolerance, and they never use any preservatives or synthetic colors. In a cool twist, most of the fruit they use is from their own farm.
Romeing Recommends: Combine their Guatemalan Coffee with the hazelnut. Two standard flavors that make a decadent and rewarding mix.
More Info: grom.it
Gelato San Lorenzo
Top Location: Via Tiburtina, 6 (San Lorenzo)
Why: The main focus of owners Maurizio and Flavia of Gelato San Lorenzo is to create a model of pure gelato, free of the added, unnatural substitutes that are often used to give gelato its taste, sweetness and consistency. Every flavor served at Gelato San Lorenzo is clear of food coloring, unnatural flavors and trans fats. Natural fibers are used instead to bring out the thick creaminess that one looks for in a good ice cream and 25% less sugar is added to these already fruit, nut and honey-sweetened delights.
Romeing recommends: Must-try flavors include pine nuts, chestnuts and honey; and raspberries and basil.
More Info: gelatosanlorenzo.com
Established Gelato Institutions
Gelateria Fassi: Il Palazzo del Freddo
Top Location: Via Principe Eugenio, 65 (Esquilino)
Why: Established in 1880, this family run gelateria is said to be the oldest in Rome! Over 100 years later, with ample seating and an even bigger array of flavours, Il Palazzo del Freddo is still as popular as ever. Gelato is freshly made daily and to this day remains faithful to the original recipes of founder Giovanni Fassi. Seeking authentic Roman gelato? Why not start where it all began!
Romeing Recommends: The rice flavour seems an odd choice but is surprisingly delicious! Plain and simple and brought to life when coupled with a decadent hazelnut chocolate. Or, try their signature sampietrini, little squares of gelato coated in chocolate which are meant to resemble Rome’s cobblestones.
More Info: gelateriafassi.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 traditional and innovative recipes has made it a Roman institution known for superb gelato. Word is, San Crispino is so passionate about the purity of their product that they prefer to not sell the gelato in a cone – it may compromise the flavor.
Romeing Recommends: In Italy, it’s common to ask for two or three different flavors in the same cup. Try the crema all’armagnac and cacao flavors. 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: Conveniently located a short walk from Piazza Navona, Gelateria del Teatro concocts its gelato with high-quality ingredients like Avola almonds from Sicily and lemons from the Amalfi Coast. Flavors range from classics like strawberry and coffee, to wildcards like lavender with white peach, dark chocolate infused with red wine, and sage with raspberry.
Romeing Recommends: Rosemary, honey, and lemon, a refreshing and unique treat for the palate.
More Info: Facebook gelateriadelteatro
Top Locations: Via Uffici del Vicario, 40 (Pantheon); Viale Oceania, 90 (Eur)
Why: Established in 1900 and still a family run business to this day, Giolitti is arguably Rome’s best-known gelateria. Their Pantheon location is the original store, and is hands down the most elegant place to devour a gelato in the city. They also have other sweets, such as ice cream cakes, pastries, and chocolates.
Romeing Recommends: 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
Why: A gelateria on wheels! The brainchild of top chef Cristina Bowerman, Frigo is a vintage style ice-cream van, bringing together in harmony the contemporary trend of food on-the-go and the nostalgia of homemade artisan gelato. Whilst drawing inspiration from classic flavour combinations, Frigo isn’t shy on experimenting with new inventions. On the move around the Capital, check their Facebook page to see where they are each day!
Romeing Recommends: Make the most of Frigo’s all-natural ingredients with their varying seasonal fruit gelatos free of any artificial flavours or colourings. For something more daring, try their wasabi and black cherry!
More Info: frigogelato.it
Top Location: Viale dei Colli Portuensi, 594 (Gianicolense)
Why: To understand Otaleg’s approach to gelato, just step into the store. It is fronted with their “gelato laboratory,” the self-proclaimed soul of the gelateria. Otaleg also offers professional and amateur courses, from how to become a gelato connoisseur, to how to make gelato at home.
Romeing Recommends: Choose simple, classic flavors; the hazelnut, pistachio, and almond are revelations.
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 constantly changing gelato menu, featuring a flavor of the month, and a weekly special. Their zabaione (cream and marsala wine) is available year round and possibly the tastiest in Rome.
Romeing Recommends: Try their 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 is composed of true, certified organic and fair trade gelato artisans. They source most of their ingredients locally, and sometimes offer gelato making courses.
Romeing Recommends: Fior di Luna prides itself on their sorbets – only fresh, seasonal fruit is used, and they serve as a perfect pick-me-up after a long day of sightseeing in the heat.
More Info: fiordiluna.com
Top Locations: Via Ostiense 48, (Ostiense), via Cola Di Rienzo 2 (Prati), Via Venti Settembre, 60 (Repubblica)
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: Mascarpone, raspberry and toasted pine nuts, or cream scented with vanilla and lemon rind, or nougat with hazelnuts and chocolate….
More Info: gelateriaromana.com
Il Gelato di Claudio Torcè
Top Location: Piazza del Risorgimento, 51 (St. Peter’s), Viale Aventino, 59 (Circus Maximus), Viale Europa 134/136 (EUR)
Why: Found in various locations just outside of the city centre, Il Gelato di Claudio Torcè offers a selection of flavours to fit anyone’s fancy. Boasting an impressive 13 different chocolate combinations alone, they also head in a savoury direction, going as far as a spicy jalapeno or bold gorgonzola!
Romeing Recommends: Strange as it seems, celery is an ever-popular choice. Or why not take advantage of the endless chocolate combinations such as the chocolate and Himalayan salt?
More Info: ilgelatodiclaudiotorce.com