Our picks for the most authentic and delicious gelato in town
>>OUT OF THE ORDINARY
Known as the “ice cream fairy,” Maria Agnese Spagnuolo, owner of FATAMORGANA, is known for whipping up quirky yet delicious concoctions at her laboratory in the heart of Rome. Those with an adventurous palate will enjoy Kentucky (chocolate and tobacco), toasted almond and cardamom, and black rice and rosewater, among countless other flavors. Spagnuolo also offers vegan and gluten-free options. Via Roma Libera, 11.
Ask any Roman where to go for gelato, and chances are they’ll say GIOLITTI. Opened in 1890, Giolitti is considered Rome’s first gelateria and is a favorite with both tourists and locals. Giolitti’s success lies in its old-fashioned charm (waiters don bow ties and crystal chandeliers adorn the ceiling) as well as its expertly crafted gelato. Try Bacio (hazelnut and chocolate). Via degli Uffici del Vicario, 40.
>>A BEAUTIFUL TRADITION
Sometimes location says it all. In one of the most glorious squares in the city, where the well heeled come to see and be seen, you can find historic VITTI IN LUCINA. The Vitti family has been preparing gelato since 1800, and Onorio Vitti now continues this tradition with all of the attention to detail and artisanal savoir-faire that his family is famous for. The place is loved by Romans and tourists alike and is also a well-known pasticceria. Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina, 33.
>>FROM CLASSIC TO QUIRKY
Conveniently located a short walk from Piazza Navona, GELATERIA DEL TEATRO uses high- quality ingredients like Avola almonds from Sicily and lemons from the Amalfi Coast. Their selection boasts over 40 flavors, from traditional to eccentric. Choose from classic flavors like strawberry or coffee, or try dark chocolate infused with Nero D’Avola wine or their delightful ricotta and cherry combo. Via di San Simone, 70.
>>EAT, PRAY, EAT SOME MORE
Featured in the 2010 film "Eat, Pray, Love," SAN CRISPINO’s gelato rendered Julia Roberts’ character speechless, and it just may do the same to you. The gelateria offers a wide range of cream-based flavors (think hazelnut, honey, or nougat) as well as fruit sorbets like blackberry, fig, and blood orange. Don’t leave Rome without sampling their signature ginger-and- cinnamon gelato. Piazza della Maddalena, 3.
Skip the tourist traps around the Vatican and make a beeline for GELATERIA DEI GRACCHI. At the helm is gelato master Alberto Manassei, whose flavor selection faithfully follows the seasons. Sample Manassei’s chocolateand-rum flavor, concocted with pure fondant, or his apple and mint creation. Our top pick? Dreamy pistachio gelato made with toasted Bronte nuts from the slopes
of Mount Etna. Via dei Gracchi, 272.
>>AROUND THE WORLD IN 30 FLAVORS
The philosophy of GROM, a popular gelateria from Torino, is to combine artisanal gelato-making techniques with the highest quality ingredients, sourced from around the world. Venezuelan chocolate, Guatemalan coffee, Sicilian almonds, Chilean walnuts, Sri Lankan cinnamon, and Himalayan pink salt are just a few of the exotic ingredients that go into the gelato, not to mention the long list of local fresh fruits used for sorbet, varying by the season. Via della Maddalena, 30a.