Sunday, June 10, 2012

Gelato: Three to Taste in Rome

It is no joke that a gelateria exists on every corner in Italy. Italians love their gelato and there is always room for one more shop. I am baffled and in awe at the same time that such an entity in excess thrives. My aunt in Rome explained, "Ingredients are cheap, the price of a cup or cone is cheap, and even in the Wintertime a gelateria can prosper." After tasting the gelato in Rome, I am a believer.

Here are three gelaterias worthy of a visit in Rome.

Crema al Miele (honey) e Sorbetto alla pera (pear sorbet)

1. Il Gelato di San Crispino
Via della Panetteria 42, 00187 Roma

Il Gelato di San Crispino is a short walk from the Trevi Fountain but is a bit difficult to find. Sweet rewards will be waiting for you once you find it as Il Gelato di San Crispino is very famous in Rome. The Crema al Miele (honey) is the signature flavor. It is faintly sweet and softer than you can imagine. Service is friendly. If you are looking for a place to sit, it is recommended you take the gelato to go. The seating area in the back is roped off and used only during special events.

Fragola (strawberry) e Cachi (persimmon)

2. Millenium
Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie, 00136 Roma

Millenium is close to The Vatican but a little off the beaten path. It is in the residential area of the neighborhood Prati across the street from the church and Cipro metro station. There are many flavors to choose from at Millenium. Cachi (persimmon) stood out the most. Go for what's in season. Presentation is fun. Each cup comes with a baby gelato cone.

Frigidarium is a small gelato stand.
Spagnola (cherry) e Pistacchio (pistachio)

3. Frigidarium
Via del Governo Vecchio 112, 00186 Roma

If you are ever in the area to shop or to have pizza next door at Da Baffeto, Frigidarium will be your savior from the crowds and long lines. This was my favorite gelato place in Rome with San Crispino being a close runner up. The difference is that the gelato at Frigidarium is much creamier and more fulfilling. It's definitely an indulgence. Banana was grey which means the gelato is not laced with dye. For something different, try the Spagnola. Translation is debatable whether it is black cherry or Amorino. Regardless the answer, it is a favorite amongst the locals.

1 comment:

  1. You totally had me at a gelateria exists on every corner in Italy! Bookmarking your picks!

    Rowena @ rolala loves