A gelato guide to ten of the best gelaterie and ice cream parlours in Rome.
Gelateria del TeatroLocated on Via dei Coronari, a stone’s throw from the bustling Piazza Navona, Gelateria del Teatro is known for its use of fresh ingredients, mixing tradition with innovation. Its charming location, nestled in a street corner behind a set of steps, adds to the appeal of this extremely popular gelateria. Address: Via dei coronari 65/66
OtalegOtaleg, the artisan gelato venue that everyone is talking about recently, has two outlets - one in Portuense and the other in Trastevere. The person behing Otaleg is master gelatiao Marco Radicioni whose creations range from the classic to experimental, as well as offering grattachecca and frozen yoghurt. Address: Via di S. Cosimato 14a
Now boasting four outlets in Rome, Gelateria dei Gracchi began life 20 years ago on Via dei Gracchi in the Prati area of the city. There are more than 30 artisanal gelato flavours on offer in addition to five types of granite. The other Gelateria dei Gracchi venues are in Parioli and two in the centro storico. Address: Via dei Gracchi 272
Gelateria dei Gracchi
GiolittiEstablished in 1890, Giolitti is a family-run business and a Roman institution. Arguably Rome's best known gelateria, Giolitti has two locations: its original base at Via degli Uffici del Vicario 40 near the Pantheon, and the second overlooking the lake in EUR at Via Oceania 90. Giolitti also offers a variety of treats including pastries, cakes and chocolates. Address: Via degli Uffici del Vicario, 40
Alberto PicaSince 1971, the family of Alberto and Maria Pica have been delivering award-winning gelato. The atmosphere is reminiscent of an older time - probably because not much has changed since the parlour opened. Pica offers seasonal flavours, such as refreshing melon and citrus in the summer or richer, heavier tastes in the colder months, with many unique tastes available all year round. Address: Via della Seggiola, 12
FataMorgana MontiNestled in the heart of the Monti quarter is FataMorgana, whose mission it is to “transform the secrets of nature into ice cream and reveal them to the world, using raw ingredients to derive the most authentic product for its customers." Fatamorgana serves only all-natural and gluten-free gelato, and offers a wide and unique variety of flavours. There are several other FataMorgana branches in Rome. Address: Piazza degli Zingari
Come il Latte
Come il Latte’s gelato is prepared fresh each day to ensure creamy, perfect gelato, with seasonal ingredients. Althought its location is small, the gelateria offers a large range of flavours, with a chocolate fountain as an added attraction. Address: Via Silvio Spaventa 24
Pioneers in producing artisan gelato from the purest ingredients, Fiordiluna has been operating in Trastevere since the early 1990s. This gelateria is also known for its orginal flavours, combining tastes of exotic fruits and ginger with more classic varieties. Address: Via della Lungaretta 96
Located close to Piazza Navona, Frigidarium uses the freshest ingredients to prepare its flavours of gelato and also gives the option of chocolate-dipped gelato. Address: Via del Governo Vecchio 112.
Located on Viale Aventino, near the Circus Maximus, Torcè offers a good range of gelato and frozen yogurt and has a very friendly staff. It uses only quality ingredients and its gelato is known for its extra-creamy texture. There are also other Torcè locations in the Marconi and EUR areas of Rome. Address: Viale Aventino 59