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Gelato, Rome

Ostia, Italy, Europe: The counter at Il Gelato de San Crispino
Il Gelato di San Crispino

42 Via della Panetteria
Italy 00187
Tel: 39 06 679 3924

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Il Gelato di San Crispino

3 Piazza della Maddalena
Italy 00040
Tel: 39 06 9760 1190

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Gelateria del Teatro

70 Via di San Simone
Piazza Navona
Italy 00186
Tel: 39 06 4547 4880

Al Settimo Gelo

21a Via Vodice
Italy 00195
Tel: 39 06 372 5567


40 Via Uffici del Vicario
Italy 00186
Tel: 39 06 699 1243

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Alberto Pica

12 Via della Seggiola
Campo De' Fiori
Italy 00186
Tel: 39 06 6880 6153's insider take:

The last decade has seen a slew of high-end gelaterie open in Rome. The first, and still one of the best, is Il Gelato de San Crispino, set up by gelato revolutionaries Giuseppe and Pasquale Alongi. These brothers take things back to basics, carefully sourcing the hazelnuts that go into their nocciola flavor or the 20-year cask-aged marsala that makes their zabaione flavor so unmissable. A new Pantheon branch gives you even less of an excuse to miss out on the San Crispino experience. However, a new contender, the Gelateria al Teatro, located in a tiny cobbled cul-de-sac between Piazza Navona and Castel Sant'Angelo, is winning converts with its organic approach and unusual range of flavors, many of them based on Italian pastries like cannoli. Chocoholics will also be knocked sideways by the 85 percent cocoa cioccolato puro option. Over in Prati, north of the Vatican, Mirella Fiumanò, the owner and founder of Al Settimo Gelo, is a volcano of creativity. Devotees swarm here to enjoy inventive, gluten-free flavors such as hot chili–spiced chocolate, honey and sesame, cinnamon and ginger, and Greek ice cream (goat-milk yogurt, honey, and pistachio). But some of the capital's more traditional gelaterie are still well worth checking out, from Giolitti, the multiflavor cathedral of Roman ice cream, to lesser-known stalwarts like Alberto Pica, which does a knockout riso alla cannella (cinnamon rice), in which the risotto is so perfectly al dente it's almost crunchy.

Il Gelato di San Crispino open Wednesdays through Mondays. Gelateria del Teatro open daily. Al Settimo Gelo open Tuesdays through Sundays. Giolitti open daily 7:30 am to 1:30 am. Alberto Pica open Mondays through Saturdays.

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Gelateria al Teatro

On a recent trip to Rome (Sept. 2013), I tried Gelateria al Teatro. Fantastic, unique flavors (sage raspberry was the standout!). Definitely prefer to San... more

San Crispino and Giolitti

I had the pleasure of trying the gelato at San Crispino (Pantheon location) and at Giolitti on a recent trip to Rome. Giolitti had my favorite flavor of the... more

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