Does “The last time I had a gelato in Rome, I was not impressed” sound familiar?
That’s because while Rome’s gelato is mostly good it can also be mediocre, depending on where you’re buying from. Truth is there are so many good gelaterias in Rome that finding the ones that stand out can be quite a challenge.
Steer clear of lurid colours (that shiny colour could actually be food colourant), avoid huge overflowing mounds of gelato (might be because of the thickeners) and look for places that offer seasonal flavours. Stick by these rules, and you’ve got a good chance of enjoying some marvellous icy goodness, as there is a fantastic gelateria in every part of the city.
With so many gelaterias to choose from, I thought it would be of some help to put together a list of some of the best gelato places I’ve tried in Rome. With a climate that hardly dips below freezing, you could have great gelato in Rome pretty much any day of the year, so make sure you visit at least one of these places, whenever you might be in town.
Neve di Latte
Get some gelato from this shop and thank me later!
Very close to the MAXXI museum in Rome’s Flaminio neighbourhood, Neve di Latte is kind of out of the way. Luckily for the discerning tourist, they also have a location not far from the Vatican, in the neigbourhood of Prati, so you won’t have to go on a limb to get some of the best gelato I had in Rome.
Nevertheless, this gelateria stirs a much-dedicated following of fans who come from a long distance to enjoy its deliberately curated ingredients. Outstanding flavours include vintage Armagnac, pine nuts from Pisa, liquorice or their five types of chocolate. Interestingly, this gelateria whips up two different pistachio flavours, one using nuts from Bronte in Sicily, and other with Iranian nuts; one sweet and the other one salty. What more can you want?
Their sorbets are also to die for and the interior of the location in Prati which we visited is cosy and inviting; the staff have been nothing short of amazing. Having spent over one hour just unwinding in their place, I can totally vouch for the atmosphere.
PS: in case you’re wondering, the cover photo is taken at Neve di Latte, probably one of the most stylish gelato places visited.