Here are the best and most beloved gelaterie in Rome…
The weather for licking sweet melting scoops of gelato from morning til night has come! These are our favourite ice-cream or gelato in Rome.
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
Top Locations: Piazza degli Zingari, 5 (Monti), Via Leone IV, 50 (Prati), Via Roma Libera, 11 (Trastevere), Via Laurina, 10 (Via del Corso), Via dei Chiavari (centro Storico), 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.
More info: facebook.com/Gelateria-dellAngeletto
Gelateria dei Gracchi
Top Locations: Via dei Gracchi, 272 (Prati), Via di Ripetta, 261 (Piazza del Popolo), Viale Regina Margherita, 212 (Nomentano), Via di S. Pantaleo, 61 (Navona)
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); Piazza dei Cinquecento (Termini Station)
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
Top location: Via Felice Cavallotti 36/B (Monteverde)
Why: La Gourmandise mixes exotic ingredients like lavender, saffron, ginger, and rose water to natural ingredients often sourced at the open-air market on the parallel street. For the lactose intolerant, there are water-based tastes such as honey mango as well as gluten-free options. And guess what… only Maltese goat’s milk is used, which makes ice cream lighter and easily digestible.
Romeing Recommends: Combine their Roman mint and lemon zestes to their caramel meringue parfait, you won’t regret it.
More Info: lagourmandise.it
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
Top Location: Via Nazionale, 239 (Monti)
Why: Yes, you guessed it, they make the most amazing pistachio gelato! But it’s not just the amazing flavours from chocolate, to mango and lime&mint that’ll make you come back for more, the coolest thing about this gelateria is that you can sign up for their gelato-making workshop, where in just 45 minutes you’ll learn how to make gelato! Book your gelato-making experience here.
Romeing Recommends: Pistachio, lime & mint
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: facebook.com/comeillatte/
Top Location: Via Marmorata, 30 (Testaccio); Mercato Testaccio + moving ice-cream van
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: Via di San Cosimato 14/a (Trastevere)
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
Fior di Luna
Top Location: Via della Lungaretta, 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
Top Locations: Via del Governo Vecchio, 112 (Navona)
Why: Frigidarium is an artisanal gelateria that blends ancient and modern techniques to create intensive flavors. The balanced combination of quality ingredients – cherry-picked by the owners each day – creates a special tasting experience. Don’t expect your typical flavors at Frigidarium
Romeing Recommends: Their pistachio and cream are a must-try! Don’t leave without having their chocolate sauce poured over your gelato, as to form a chocolate shell …
More info: facebook.com/frigidarium
Neve di Latte
Top Locations: Via Luigi Poletti, 6 (Flaminio), Via Federico Cesi, 1 (Prati)
Why: Neve di Latte offers delicate, genuine and light flavors created though the use of organic products. From DOC and DOP hazelnuts, pistachios and peanuts to biodynamic milk from Upper Bavaria and strictly seasonal fruits, you can be sure that at this gelateria you’ll taste some creamy and intensive flavors. All flavors are absolutely free of dyes, refined sugars and chemical preservative
Romeing Recommends: Their dark chocolate with orange, pistachio, fig sorbet and basil sorbet are just some of their amazing flavors!
More info: facebook.com/NevediLatteRomaPrati
Günther Gelato Italiano
Top locations: Piazza di Sant’Eustachio, 47 (Pantheon); Via dei Pettinari, 43 (Campo de’ Fiori); Via Due Macelli, 108 (Trevi)
Why: With three gelato shops scattered around the historic center, there’s no excuse not to try Günther’s gelato. Top-notch ingredients, seasonality and fresh fruit are at the base of Gunther Rohregger’s philosophy. The milk used is exclusively micro filtered and organic; the water used for the sorbets is Plose; and the flavors absolutely unique.
Romeing Recommends: You can’t leave Günther without trying their extra dark chocolate, pino mugo and strawberry sorbet.
More info: gunthergelatoitaliano.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
Out-of-the Box Gelato
Selina Ice Cream
Top location: Viale Jonio, 320 (Montesacro)
Why: Pop, fun and international, Selina Ice Cream offers unusual flavors including apple pie, oreo, snickers and cheesecake with wild strawberries, without forgetting about the good old classics like hazelnut. All fruit flavors are 100% vegan and lactose-free, and most flavors are also gluten free! Unpredictable tastes, crispy waffles, ice cream cookies and bubble waffles to garnish as you prefer await you.
Romeing Recommends: Go for the flavor-packed brownie with blueberry and combine it with the passion fruit.
More info: selinaicecreamcompany