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Just don't call it ice cream: Where to get great gelato in Rome

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 16/04/2018 Sade Beckley-Lines
a group of people walking in front of a building: An insider's guide to the best gelato in the Italian capital © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited An insider's guide to the best gelato in the Italian capital

Rome is home to hundreds of gelaterias, each with its own styles and flavours. Gelato is an institution here, and you’ll see (and taste) flavour combinations that you’ve never even imagined all around Rome's ancient streets. Whether you’re on the hunt for a particular flavour or just somewhere to take a break from sightseeing, make sure you stop by these famous Rome gelaterias.

Fatamorgana Monti

The first thing that’ll strike you about Fatamorgana Monti is the dazzling array of colours on display when you walk through its doors. The colours match the amazing choice of flavours on offer, and it has sugar-free and dairy-free varieties, as well as gluten-free cones. Look out for some of the more imaginative gelati, including chocolate with lapsang souchong, and avocado with white wine and lime. Fatamorgana has several shops in Rome, the most central of which are on the Piazza degli Zingari in Monti and the Via Roma Libera in trendy Trastevere.

Address: Piazza degli Zingari, 5, 00184 Roma, Italy

Opening times: Sun - Thurs midday - 10pm, Fri- Sat midday - 1am

Contact: +39 06 4890 6955 

Gelateria del Teatro

Gelateria del Teatro is an authentic option that’s nestled on a cobbled street between the Piazza Novano and the Vatican. Its nut-flavoured gelati, including pistachio, almond and hazelnut are particularly delicious, and the nuts themselves are carefully sourced for the very best quality and flavour. A window looks in on Gelateria del Teatro’s kitchen, so you can even stand and watch the gelato being made from start to finish.

Address: Via dei Coronari 65/66 Roma, Italy

Opening times: Mon - Sun 11am - 10:30pm 

Contact: +39 06 4547 4880 

Il Gelato di San Crispino

Just a short walk from the Trevi Fountain is Il Gelato di San Crispino, one of the most iconic gelato shops in Rome. Although its popularity received a boost in 2006 when it was featured in the book Eat, Pray, Love, it’s been a favourite amongst Romans and visitors alike since it first opened in the early 1990s. Il Gelato di San Crispino’s enduring appeal is largely down to its insistence on using only the finest natural ingredients, colourings and flavourings, with a choice to suit everyone’s tastebuds.

Address: Via della Panetteria, 42, 00187 Roma, Italy

Opening times: Sun - Thurs 11am - 12:30am, Fri - Sat 11am - 1:30am

Contact: +39 06 679 3924

Otaleg

Otaleg (gelato spelled backwards) is a relative newcomer to the gelato scene in Rome. Although it’s a little out of Rome’s centre, it’s well worth going out of your way to try some of its outrageous creations. You can even watch the masters at work, as its gelato laboratorio is right at the front of the shop. Otaleg also offers masterclasses so you can then try making some delicious gelato of your own at home.

Address: Viale dei Colli Portuensi, 594, 00151 Roma, Italy

Opening times: Open 24 hours

Contact: +39 338 651 5450

Frigo Gelato Artigianale

Frigo Gelato Artigianale is a unique gelateria in more ways than one. First of all, you never know exactly where or when you’re going to come across it, as it’s a good old-fashioned gelateria on wheels. You’re also unlikely to find an ice cream van like it outside Rome, due to its unique blend of vintage-style gelato that comes in a range of fascinating experimental flavours. Be sure to check out its Facebook page to find out where it’s going to be on any given day. 

Address: Piazza degli Zingari, 5, 00184 Roma, Italy

Opening times: Sun - Thurs midday - 10pm, Fri- Sat midday - 1am

Contact: +39 06 4890 6955 

Gelateria dell’Angeletto

Just around the corner from the Roman Forum and the Colosseum is Gelateria dell’Angeletto, a mainstay for gelato fans in the Monti district of the city. It’s an ideal spot for a break from sightseeing, and the peaceful courtyard just across from it is a great place to sit and enjoy a gelato after you’ve taken your pick of an array of tempting flavours. You can also get vegan and gluten-free gelato, so there’s something for everyone.

Address: Via dell'Angeletto, 15, 00184 Roma, Italy

Opening times: Mon - Sun midday - midnight

Contact: +39 06 487 4760

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Grom

If you’re getting overheated while out and about in Rome, get out of the sun and head to Grom. Although not technically a gelateria in the traditional sense, its selection of sorbets and frappes are just about as refreshing as they come. Grom’s speciality sorbets are made with 50% fresh fruit, much of which is sourced from the owner’s farm. Each item comes with a detailed list of its ingredients (which never include artificial colourings or preservatives) so if you have any special dietary requirements you can still enjoy a wide choice without worrying.

Address: Via della Maddalena, 30a, 00186 Roma, Italy

Opening times: Sun - Thurs 11am - midnight, Fri - Sat 11am - 12:30am

Contact: +39 06 6821 0447

Frigidarium 

Found right in the heart of central Rome, halfway between the Campo de' Fiori and its excellent daily market, and the bustling Piazza Navona, Frigidarium is a gelateria with some amazing speciality offerings. If its wide range of flavours all made with fresh and natural ingredients isn’t enough to tempt you, then maybe the idea of having all that smothered in a layer of melted white or dark chocolate is. The end result is a mouth-watering treat encased in a hard chocolate shell – just about as good as gelato gets.

Address: Via del Governo Vecchio, 112, 00186 Roma, Italy

Opening times: Mon - Sun 10:30am - 1am

Contact: +39 33 4995 1184

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