This guest post comes from Parla Food intern Alston, who is studying at the University of California’s Rome center. He paid a visit to one of my favorite gelaterias, where the ingredients are genuine and natural.

“After a two-week gelato hiatus (borderline blasphemy for a study abroad student, I know), I made my way to Fior di Luna, a gelato shop in Trastevere. The blink-and-you-miss-it storefront on Via della Lungaretta gives way to a neat and tidy gelato case filled with seasonal fruit flavors, as well as pistachio, hazelnut, and several types of chocolate.

The first thing I noticed when I lifted my eyes from the colorful display was how friendly the staff was. They wore genuine smiles on their faces as they chatted with customers and offered samples. What a contrast to the more famous Giolitti or Grom! I perused the flavors, which included at least four different types of chocolate and some I had never seen before, like ginger.

I settled on a seasonal trio: persimmon, blueberry yogurt and concord grape. I sat at the elevated counter in the corner of the shop and enjoyed the intense, clean flavors. The persimmon was particularly surprising. It was subtle at first, then came the flavor burst, just like fruit itself. It provided a nice contrast to the super sweet and tangy concord grape gelato. Niether the persimmon nor the concord grape contain dairy (by definition they are sorbets), so I enjoyed the creamy texture of the blueberry yogurt even more. Fior di Luna had won me back over to the world of gelato after a two-week break.

Three flavors cost €3, perhaps a higher price than its competitors, but the proof is in the flavor. It’s a small price to pay for a quality product made from organic ingredients and served with a smile.”

Fior di Luna
Via Della Lungaretta, 96
Tel: +39 06645613

photo credit: Alston Wen