The Best GELATO In Rome! #2

With this not-so-ingenious title here we go with five more of our favourite gelato-parlours in the Eternal City – Enjoy or better, try them all!

 

il gelato torceIl Gelato
Via dell’Aeronautica, 105 (EUR)

We love to explore the districts of Rome following the tastes of artisan gelato! Here, we are in the heart of EUR (Esposizione Universale di Roma) impressive residential and business district planned by Mussolini. The Great Master of artisan gelato has his sober original laboratory here, though his creations can be found in several points of Rome. Claudio Torcè is famous for his meticulous research for perfection and clean, natural, high quality ingredients but not only! Some of his creations (especially the ones at the end of the long glass bar with over 70 flavors) are more than surprising! Would you try Mortadella (you know the pork sausage Sophia Loren tried to take to NYC in Lady Liberty?) or the spiciest Habanero? Celery or Gorgonzola cheese maybe? If you are for more classic flavors, try the fruit which are almost all without milk and other allergenic. Or choose from the almost 20 different choclolates, we recommend the one with Himalaya salt. Our absolute favourite flavors are the ones with ricotta! With honey and chocolate, with bluberries or with orange peels and bourbon…. and the whipped cream (home made, of course) is just so delicate and soft, a must try even if you usually decline it.
(They have a central located branch in Viale Aventino 59 too!)

 

teatroGelateria del Teatro
Via dei Coronari, 65

The Institution par excellence of the artisan gelaterie in Rome with timeless elegance. They have an open laboratory so you can admire the creation process from the very ingredient turned into addiction called gelato. We especially love to sit at the tiny space outside with the small round tables surrounded by beautiful flowers, sometimes a cat passing by, so intimate rounding the special experience of this extraordinary place. They play a lot with herbs as complementary flavors, lavender with peach, basil and rapsberry, sage or rosemary with lemon… give them a try you’ll not regret the refreshing taste and the mastery of the flavor combinations. (A new location has been opened in Lungotevere dei Vallati, 25 too!)

 

neve di latte gelatoNeve di Latte
Via Luigi Poletti, 6

New, fizzy, love at first sight. Though they opened in 2011 and won the Best Gelato in Italy prize in 2013, the minimal laboratory in Flaminio district feels brand new, with its clean and pure outlines. Near to the MAXXI (21st century Art Museum) Simone Romano’s pride is worth the (literally) extra mile you’re walking for it. The location features a separate room with wooden and metal design if you want to enjoy your gelato inside instead of walking. All natural ingredients and rigorous high quality are the very base of Neve di Latte. The origin of the ingredients are all listed, such as the organic milk from a German producer, Amadei chocolate, arabic coffee beans and seasonal, mostly local, organic fruit. The fruit flavors called sorbetto are all without milk, have a unique consistence and harmony in taste. Simone is there for you to recommend combinations of the actual flavors, explain the process of the creation and as well to share his passion for his beloved gelato.

 

neve di latte gelato bar

 

Come Il Latte
Via Silvio Spaventa, 24

Oh, the hedonistic gelato heaven… Can you believe we haven’t yet made it to a foto? When we get our cup we just forget about everything else… There.
Come il Latte (just like milk) is located near the central Piazza della Repubblica, and as we learnt, has been opened by a former employee of I Caruso (established gelato artisans, very worth to try). They make the most creamy and rich and soft gelato we have ever tasted!  Of course, only carefully selected high quality ingredients, additive-free preparation, but the cream! That’s amore, as the commercial says, the flavors are rounded and rich, smooth yet not in the silky way, completed with surprising crunchy pieces here and there. Salted caramel and Zabaione are Heaven on Earth, also the fruit flavors are just perfect. We loved Fig and Chestnut, worth to mention that some flavors among fruit are also dairy free.
And in Come il Latte is not all about flavors! The crunchy cones and whipped cream and chocolate topping take the gelato-experience to a higher level giving the hedonist what they deserve! You can have your cone or cookie dipped in white or dark chocolate, or you can ask the chocolate topping onto your gelato , it’s included in the price of your cone.

 

ilgrezzo urbana gelatoIl Grezzo
Via Urbana, 130

Ok, it’s not the classic gelateria but they are definitely a unique spot in the supertrendy via Urbana as the first raw and vegan place in Rome! All their creations are made with organic, vegan and raw very high quality ingredients. The heart of these is the raw chocolate of not toasted but dried beans. All the cakes, cookies, pralines and desserts are made this way, raw and vegan, and they are incredibly delicious!  In the summer they have also gelato, made with almond milk, cashews and coconut meat for the creamy texture, sweetened by coconut sugar. This preparation method takes to a very intense flavor, like in coffee and chocolate, you will definitely not need a coffee afterwards. Fruit flavors are also all with organic fruit, lemon is something fabulous, mango is also a favourite.
If you’re not so into gelato, try the Sacher cake or Mango cheesecake – you won’t regret it!

 

Read also the first part of the Treasure Hunt for the Best Gelato in Rome!

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The Best GELATO In Rome!

Among The Best Things To Do In Rome there’s inarguably a nice afternoon – evening walk on the cobblestoned streets of the historical center… tasting a refreshing, melty, not too sweet GELATO!

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Gelato is a treat to enjoy almost all year round in Rome but in the summer gets definitely in the center of the attention. Becomes the lunch Romans choose instead of the usual tramezzino or panino. Families and group of friends see each other after dinner or after work for a big gelato-reunion staying till’ late night on the piazza in cheerful crowds.

I confess the title is a bit misleading. Truth is we haven’t found THE best yet… BUT!
Your satisfaction is our highest priority and we take this one very seriously. We don’t care about distance, time and effort, don’t fear elements and queues! Giving it all to keep our list of the best gelato places in Rome constantly up-to-date, verified and tested.

In our opinion the experience of having a gelato in Rome on a scale of 5 to 1 can be lifechanging, “can eat this all day long”, mediocre, “meh”, or “never again”.
We love gelato, (life is too short for the bad ones) so we frequent mostly the fivestar places; the particular, handmade or better, artisan gelaterie.
Here’s 5 of our favourites this year, second part is coming soon stay tuned, because we can’t stop eating exploring the flavours of the Eternal City!

 

fassiFassi
Via Principe Eugenio, 65
Il Palazzo del Freddo di Giovanni Fassi is a “can eat this all day long” but we have to mention it first, as it’s the Oldest Italian Gelato Factory. Fassi is an institution in Rome, you’d feel it right away entering the huge hall of the Palace. First you pay your portion size at the cashier’s desk then you go to choose your 3-4-5 flavours. Be aware, the sizes are named small-medium-large but they’re very very generous ones! Cream topping is also handmade, flavours are mostly the classic ones, though Fassi is an absolute must if you’re in Rome for more than 4 days or with children! It’s definitely a family place, you’ll feel at home and welcome every time, wether alone or with a party of 10. The sitting area is very well equipped, there’s a small fountain whenever you’d want water, a small bar and a tiny garden-courtyard to sit out on the bench enjoying your gelato.

 

fatamorganaFatamorgana
Piazza degli Zingari, 5
Our all time favourite of flavour-combination the wonderful Fatamorgana! They have more than one shop in the center, though we like this one on the small piazza with its fountain, and it’s just beside the supertrendy via Urbana, which is another plus. Glutenfree, many flavours are lactose and milkfree as well, all ingredients are high quality, natural and carefully selected… Strawberry-lemon-cointreau was one of the flavours of June, can’t wait for July! And absolutely to try the Seadas – this one is with pecorino from Sardinia Island and orange peel… Mmmmmm and the caramel! (Ok I stop here.)

 

olive dolciOlive Dolci
Via Emanuele Filiberto, 140
The first vegan gelateria and pastry shop in Rome! We were privileged to see its birth since we have our Casa Mara apartment right in the building, we fortunately have plenty of occasions to test and try all the goodies of this brand new beautiful place. All products are completely vegan and gluten free, if you have any food intollerance, this is the place for you! Not to mention how good their gelato is! Genuine, clear and intense flavours, try ginger and pear or go for the robust dark chocolate for a stronger experience. No cream topping here, for obvious reasons.

 

mcodgMela e Cannella
via Oderisi da Gubbio, 71
They are the best when it comes to fruit and spices combination! As their name says, apple and cinnamon are divine together just as their other creations are. We have high quality, natural ingredients here, no conservants, no additives, rigorous handmade preparation and proud artisan approach. Mela e Cannella is close to Trastevere station and Piazzale della Radio, afternoon hours are the best to go. Don’t miss it if you like fruit and nuts flavours, you’ll be enchanted by the variety of spices and their intense taste.

 

2552118154_2e0fae9dba_zFior Di Luna
Via della Lungaretta, 96
Only cups here, the cone is not for Trastevere’s best artisan gelateria! Fior di Luna stand for fair trade, ecologic and organic production, they use only fresh ingredients and season fruits coming from mostly local organic farms. We love them for the conscious approach and we adore them for the perfect gelato they make! Ask for help to combine the flavours, they are always very helpful and if there’s something you have never tried they’ll let you have a taste of it. The gelateria is in a busy street in the heart of Trastrevere so prepare yourself for a long line of gelato lovers especially in the evenings! It’s truly worth every minute of the wait.

 

 

 

 

Do you know which great Master artisan of the Italian gelato has created the weird kinky flavors of Habanero and Mortadella with Pistachios? Next time will be revealed!

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BeTreasure Tip: Do yourself a favour and check this perfect guide on how to avoid gelateria-traps in Rome (and in other cities). Thumbs up for Katie Parla!

 

(Images are own or flickr.)

 

 

Sweet Christmas Derby – Italian Edition

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas holidays is an excellent period to visit the Eternal City: life slows down, there’s time for long afternoon walks on the festive streets of the historical center full of lights and magic… here’s a really cool guide for things to do and see around.

And as for the Christmas Derby? In the Italian households it’s also time for the eternal debate of the season – Pandoro or Panettone? pandoropanettone

The two traditional Chrismas cakes are both sweet and spongey, though they are able to cause lively discussions on which to purchase for the family dinner. It’s a tough one, pros and cons on both sides – let’s see if you can pick a favourite!

flickr.comPandoro, “golden bread” has its origins in the beautiful Verona. Shaped usually like an 8 pointed star, it’s an elegant dessert on the Christmas table. Sliced accordingly, horizontally, it maintains the form and can also be re-assembled putting various fillings between the slices. Light texture, simple, delicious cake with sweet vanilla profume… Just perfect.
Loved by children because of the nice interactive touch – you take out from the box the bag with the Pandoro in it and beside you find a small pocket of vanilla icing sugar. You pour it in the big bag, close the top and shake the bag until the sugar powder covers all the sweet cake. It’s really fun!
Curiosity: as reported in the wikipedia article, Pandoro was also the last meal eaten by Mussolini before his execution.

flickr.comPanettone, “large bread” or “Toni’s cake” is the traditional Christmas holiday cake for excellence originally from Milan. Shaped like a cupola, or like a high puffy muffin, inside with dried raisins and candied fruits: orange, lemon usually. The top can either be plain, or covered with icing and almond slices or with chocolate. For dinner with a glass of dessert wine or for breakfast with a hot tea… sweet indulgence.
Candied fruits – love or despise, that’s your call. Character, structure, masculine delight are the distinctive elements of Panettone, a popular cake not only in Italy but in Latin American countries as well.

Haven’t decided yet? The perfect solution is definitely to purchase both and alternate the slices, or also try the many variants of these sweet temptations! Chocolate filling, vanilla cream filling, chocolate on top, almonds on top… Afterall, there’s still plenty of time til’ Christmas and New Year’s Eve, isn’t there?

 

Good Morning! – and with that….

caffe-espressoSe il buongiorno si vede dal mattino – that is, if you judge a day from how is the morning, it just definitely will be a fantastic day if started with a coffee in your favourite bar in Rome! (If you don’t have a favourite yet, don’t worry – tips below)

Coffee… what else?

No matter for how long you happen to belong in Rome, a day, a year, a lifetime… coffee is one of the things that make you feel connected and Italian from the very first moment you arrive.

So, let’s wake up! Prendiamo un caffe!

First step: pick a bar. There are countless bars in the city center and out of it (basically on every corner).  The barista will greet you but you may be asked to pay first at the cashier’s desk.

Hint: It’s more likely you’ll have a good, strong coffee if you arrive at least 30 minutes after the bar opening.The coffee machine needs some time and several coffees before it gets to its best.

Second step: order. Having a coffee is not just a single action in Italy, it’s a rite – therefore has its rules. Be sure to follow them!

Hint: For breakfast you may choose a cornetto (sweet pastry) as well, and there you go – it’s the complete Italian colazione, just like Romans do!

Third step: be social! While having your coffee standing at the bar counter chitchat with the barista and/or with the people around. You’ll love the feeling of being involved! Yes, you’ll have to use your Italian knowledge and no, it’s absolutely not a problem if it’s few words only. Maybe you’ll want to try with some news about the space?

Hint: This way the second time you walk in the same bar the barista will greet you personally, ask your name and next time you’ll be a regular. Welcome home!

Oh, and don’t forget to enjoy! Now, that’s what we call a decent wake up 🙂

Be Treasure! hint:

According to most classifications of the past years on bars and coffee in Rome, the Best Coffee Award belongs to Caffé Sant’Eustachio in piazza di Sant’Eustachio near the Pantheon.

panella-86-251For us, the perfect breakfast place is La Panella – the Art of Bread, in via Merulana.  Whether inside, in the warmth of magical Panella-world or outside, at the small tables beside the ruins of a Roman theatre, ask for a cappuccino and make sure it comes “con cremina”. With that sweet secret speciality we challenge you it will be the Best Cappuccino You’ve Ever Had!

Share your favourite places for coffee or breakfast, we’d love to hear yours!