With hundreds of places selling gelato in Rome, you can get some pretty much on every corner. However, there is authentic gelato and then there are the misleading gelato wannabes. Some of them might look great, to the point that it can be confusing to know if you are actually getting the real deal.
So first, lets start with some useful tips on how to spot authentic gelato in Rome, which will help you avoid the tourist traps.
Tips for Finding the Best Gelato in Rome
- If the gelato comes in neon bright colours, steer clear. That’s usually a sign that there are artificial ingredients involved. Good gelato usually comes in natural soft shades.
- Next comes taste, gelato should be creamy and smooth without any ice crystals.
- Also, avoid gelato that is stored in open plastic containers and piled on high mounds. There is just no way that can be fresh. Look for the one that’s stored in stainless steel trays or bins.
- Gelato is meant to be consumed fresh, on the same day that is made. So the best gelato is normally done in small batches.
- Look for signs that say “produzione propria” or “gelato artigianale“. The first means that gelato is made on the spot; while the second means that it’s made using natural ingredients and old-fashioned production methods.
- For an extra indulgent touch, add some panna (whipped cream) on top.
Below you’ll find a list (in no particular order) of some of the places where you can taste the best gelato in Rome. For addresses and contact details, click on the map at the end of this post.
If you can go for gelato only once while in Rome, then head to one of Fatamorgana’s five locations. Using only fresh and natural organic ingredients, you won’t find any preservatives or artificial flavours here. Furthermore, all of their gelato is gluten-free and they also offer sugar and lactose free flavours. But what keep most people coming are of their out-of-this-world flavour combinations, which include their best-seller basil, walnuts and honey; wasabi chocolate; cumin, sesame and coriander; and chocolate with a tobacco infusion. This is the place to go wild!
Featuring carefully chosen ingredients, Carapina is the Roman branch of Florence’s top gelateria. Located in the heart of Rome’s historic center, Carapina is well-known for using premium-quality ingredients. Their ice cream sandwich is delightful and their citrus sorbet is a must in summer.
Gelateria del Teatro
Offering many interesting flavour combinations, such as raspberry and garden sage, lemon with basil, lavender and white peach; the Gelateria del Teatro uses only the best of ingredients to produce their gelato. They also serve several milk-free options and have gluten-free cones. Plus, their granita are great too.
Fior di Luna
Made with certified organic and fair-trade ingredients, Fior di Luna has been using ethical practices long before it became trendy. They make authentic artisanal gelato and are passionate about chocolate. Sometimes they offer gelato-making courses. For something different, try their sorbets which are made with fresh seasonal fruits.
Gelateria La Romana
What started as a family-run gelateria first established in 1947, has now expanded all over Italy. In Rome alone, you can find three locations. Gelateria La Romana offers artisan gelatto with a conscience. They follow rigorous production methods, use only eco-friendly packaging, and publish a full list of ingredients on their website.
Gelateria dei Gracchi
For those who love pistachio gelato, Gelateria dei Gracchi is a must. According to many locals, theirs is just the best pistachio gelato in Rome, which is made with coarsely grounded nuts from Sicily. For a sweeter taste, try the pistachio and meringue combination. Also, their gelato is gluten-free, and they only use local seasonal ingredients with no artificial flavours or preservatives. Plus, there are a few locations around the city.
Located out of the city centre, Otaleg (gelato spelled backwards) is a relative newcomer to the gelato scene. Visiting this gelateria is well worth the trip so that you can enjoy their creative flavours and their gourmet ingredients. Plus, their laboratory is at the front of the shop, so you can watch as the magic happens.
Il Gelato di Claudio Torce
With several locations spread around Rome, Il Gelato di Claudio Torce likes to push the limits when it comes to savory gelato flavours. They offer a long list of creative flavours that range from black sesame, to celery, to Gorgonzola, to apple strudel. They only use high quality natural ingredients.
Neve di Latte
Using high quality ingredients, including organic Alpine milk, Tuscan chocolate, and fair-trade vanilla; Neve di Latte produces some of the most magnificent artisanal gelato in Rome. Located right near the MAXXI, Rome’s modern art museum, you should definitely stop by if you are in the area.
Located just a short walk from the Termini train station, this small artisanal gelateria has many fans because of their all-time classics. I Caruso makes their gelato right in the shop using fresh ingredients. They don’t have a big selection of flavours, but the quality is superb.
Come Il Latte
Come Il Latte uses only high quality dairy products to create the creamiest gelato in Rome, which has up to 70% fresh cream. However, they also have a good selection of milk-free options for the lactose-intolerant. Plus, you can go crazy trying the different toppings they offer.
Having been in business for over 130 years, Fassi is a true Roman institution and the oldest gelateria in Italy. Located near Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, this hidden gem is almost always full. And their prices are very budget-friendly.
One of Rome’s most famous gelateria, Giolitti was established in 1900 and it’s still a family-run business. Their location near the Pantheon is where it all started. It might not be a favourite for many locals, but its gelato is still better than a lot of what you can find in Rome.
A relative newcomer to the gelato scene, GROM has managed to carve their own following. They only use fresh ingredients and are always changing their flavours with what’s in season. In fact, most of the fruit they use is sourced from the owner’s own farm. They have several locations in the city.