/Guide to the Best Gelato in Rome, Updated Summer 2018

Guide to the Best Gelato in Rome, Updated Summer 2018

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Update: My guide to the best gelato in Rome was updated for the summer of 2018.

In Rome, eating gelato is a year-round ritual, and since the temperatures have soared recently, the city is officially in high gelato season and I am on my 2-scoops-a-day diet. On that note, I think an update of my best gelato in Rome guide is more than overdue. To bring you up to speed on what’s new, I have refreshed my google map below. Use it to navigate the city’s gelaterie and be sure to check out some of the new and newish openings:

Last Friday, a new branch of Otaleg (that’s gelato spelled backwards) opened on Via di San Cosimato, just off the piazza of the same name, in Trastevere. That means you don’t have to make the long trip from the center to Viale dei Colli Portuensi to try Marco Radicioni’s excellent natural gelato.

Also in Trastevere, the reliably delicious and friendly Fior di Luna got a makeover (it’s just cosmetic; the gelato is the same). I’m a big fan of Fior di Luna’s “duetto” (hazelnut, pistacchio, and chocolate chip).

The only Rome location of Florence’s Carapina, which was located next to Forno Roscioli on Via dei Chiavari, has closed (in the end, Romans weren’t willing to pay €3.00 for two scoops). Another branch of Fatamorgana has opened in its place.

Meanwhile, back in Trastevere, the Fatamorgana location in Piazza San Cosimato has been serving inconsistent scoops for a while now and the product often has icy bits. I prefer the aforementioned central location and always order bacio del principe (gianduia with chopped hazelnuts) and crema agnese (I guess it kinda tastes like flan).

You can see Fata’s gelatai at work in this video I produced for Eater (check out the whole Eater Guide to Rome here).

Neve di Latte opened a second location in Prati, just off Piazza Cavour and Gelateria dei Gracchi opened a fourth location on Via San Pantaleo in Rome’s centro storico, just off Piazza Navona.

This isn’t really an update, but more of a confirmation: Gori is awesome. If you’re up in Piazza Sempione, don’t miss it. I’m obsessed.

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For more on gelato in Rome, download my ebook. And if low-tech gelato hunts are more your speed, be sure to brush up on how to judge gelato in 7 easy steps and these tips for finding natural gelato in Rome.

2018-06-27T20:20:07+00:00 June 19th, 2018|Categories: Food & Wine, Gelato, Rome & Lazio, Rome Dining Advice, Travel|43 Comments


  1. Marian July 30, 2012 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    Um… I am shocked by your claims for Roman supremacy in this area. Two points:

    (1) So what’s Sicily, chopped liver????

    (2) Ciuri Ciuri in Monti? Aren’t you the one who first wrote about this place. Wonderful!

  2. Sarah May (@AntiquaTours) July 30, 2012 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    I love the list but I wish some of those places wouldn’t use plastic cups. Even if recycled they are wasteful. Genzano has no good Gelateria. Seriously. There was a place but it closed. Puffy is just too important.

  3. Nightmare July 31, 2012 at 12:08 am - Reply

    Thanks a lot for this map!

    Grazie per la mappa!

  4. Nightmare July 31, 2012 at 12:34 am - Reply

    I forgot, If you go in Tivoli (you know right? near Rome), try Mariannina! (and Pinocchio, but I prefer the first one) and let me know what do you think. Its older than me, and im 32 🙁 😀

  5. Ann Mah July 31, 2012 at 10:27 am - Reply

    Personally, I’ve been basking in the drizzly gray of a Parisian summer, secretly rejoicing at each new cold front (though I fear people will stone me for saying it). I have to admit, however, that gelato DOES taste better in sultry sunshine. Thanks for the map!

  6. Nick Rubery August 2, 2012 at 9:08 am - Reply

    Ah ha… you are missing one of the best from your list. La Gourmandaise, via Francesco Domenico Guerrazzi 3 – In Montiverdi, enjoy!

  7. Lorenzo August 2, 2012 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    guys, best gelato in rome is in GELATARIO on via tuscolana. a nice shop 2 years old with its lab on sight. their available flavors depend from what season is on. Pistachio and Dark choc a must, even though everything is excellent.

  8. Hounddogman August 10, 2012 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    You and Ann Mah are not alone in your preference. The Goncourt brothers visited Rome and while for the first few days they were bowled over by the colours and brightness there, after ten days they wrote that they had ‘become nostalgic for une grisaille’ and departed for Paris soon after.

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  10. Doug December 21, 2012 at 7:58 am - Reply


    I downloaded your App in November, but it doesn’t appear to have some of the gelaterie that you cover here (on the map). Wha’ happen? Am I missing something, or did they drop off your “best of” list between July and November? I’m headed to Roma this weekend and……

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  12. Elizabeth June 24, 2013 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    Great map, though I am surprised that Gelateria Dei Gracchi and Gelatario are absent from this list.

    • Katie June 25, 2013 at 12:37 am - Reply

      Gelateria dei Gracchi does not make natural gelato, so it doesn’t make this list. Is gelatario 100% natural?

  13. Marian June 25, 2013 at 12:43 am - Reply

    What about Ciuri Ciuri, which I could (almost) swear I first heard about from you? The gelato at their via Leonina place is wonderful. My Italian is not wonderful, but I think this description says the gelato is natural.


  14. Katie June 25, 2013 at 12:45 am - Reply

    not a fan of ciuri ciuri’s gelato and sadly watched their product decline over the years tho ill still pop in for an almond granita now and again

  15. Elizabeth June 25, 2013 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    I’m not sure if Gelatario is 100% natural, and I don’t live close enough to check this out, but it is amazing gelato (particularly their popsicles). I am curious as to why G. dei Gracchi is not considered natural. What are they adding, or adulterating, that keeps them from being on this list?

  16. ETW June 25, 2013 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    Great resource – I am looking forward to using this map someday (hopefully in the near future).

  17. Ziggy June 26, 2013 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    Great timing Katie. Link is saved, diet is over! Well, never started really.
    Thanks for this and your help throughout. Leaving tomorrow

  18. Anders@icecreamnation.org June 27, 2013 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    Thanks Katie! And thanks for the handy advise on how to spot not-so-natural gelato (linked to this post). I find myself referring to your ‘checklist’ all the time 🙂

    All the best,

  19. Les Tasters July 7, 2013 at 9:50 am - Reply

    Hello and thanks for this map.
    I can’t wait to try those adress. It’s becomming harder and harder to find true artisan food in major cities, even in France!
    Did you know that 70% of the croissant are industrial there (i bet most of french don’t)!
    Just to be naughty, why do you say italian ice cream are the best in the world?
    For us, to much…cream (eggs, sugar, stuff…), not enough delicate and raffined like a sorbet, only fruit and water and a little bit of sugar. What do you think?
    I’ll be in Roma today for a few days and willind to make my mind!

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  21. Terry August 29, 2013 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    Mela E Cannella on via Odersisi Da Gubbio near Piazza della Radio is well, well worth a go

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  23. Nathan May 8, 2014 at 8:45 am - Reply

    Yesss, perfect timing! Today is my family’s last day in Rome and I think we’ll have to go on a gelato hunt thanks to you 🙂

  24. Tatjana May 20, 2014 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    Yeah, thanks for the Gelato map!

  25. Buenos Aires June 19, 2014 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    i already printed the map! looking forward to use it!

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  28. Til February 2, 2015 at 11:57 pm - Reply

    My favorite was Teatro. Amazing flavors. Herbal flavors I had never experienced. My go to place.

  29. Alby May 10, 2015 at 3:51 am - Reply

    I will be in Rome in couple of weeks and you are being a great help with your blog.
    Thanks a lot! Your site is amazing. I am impressed with your background and also knowledge. I am Armenian born in Lebanon, married to an Italian and live in Canada. Also, my grandmother is from Turkey. Food quality is extremely important in our household. Thanks again Katie.

  30. Stephen June 8, 2015 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    I’m in Chianti but visit Rome regularly. Do you have an opinion on Grom. We have it in Florence and Siena; I think it’s in Rome. Very laboratory like.
    Also the one near Roscioli’s bakery and Punto on Pettinari.

  31. john June 9, 2015 at 12:24 am - Reply

    Carapina è un anno che vende il gelato piccolo due gusti a tre euro, praticamente a 2,50€ l’ha avuto solo il primo mese d’apertura, inoltre è iper sopravvalutato e la colpa è della buon’anima di Bonilli.

  32. Francesco June 9, 2015 at 3:01 am - Reply

    did you ever try “Il gelato di San Crispino”? This omission seems pretty weird to me since is a gelateria very well known (it opened in 1993!), and had constantly stellar reviews from experts – and ordinary people too – from all over the world. And it’s 100% natural too. I’m not personally that much into “natural” ice cream, but I can’t find any difference between it’s and Fatamorgana’s. Just my two cents. Cool site btw.

  33. Leah June 9, 2015 at 11:16 am - Reply

    No La Romana?

  34. Katie June 10, 2015 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    @John nope it’s only in the past few months that carapina has charged €3.

    @stephen @leah Not a fan of La Romana, Punto or Grom. i like to know the people that make my food. all have a sort of green washing thing common of corporate chains. product not my favorite either

    @francesco il gelato di san crispino doesnt make the cut for me and it is a very different style than fatamorgana. service temp and consistency are very different. but they have that incredible ginger flavor that i wouldn’t turn down:)

  35. john June 15, 2015 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    2014.1.7 – price was 2.50€

    2014.10.10 – price was 3.00€

    and so on…

    The decision to raise or lower prices is a tough one


  36. cookiesfromhome June 16, 2015 at 9:24 am - Reply

    Thanks a lot for the map dear.

  37. Mahée Ferlini June 23, 2015 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    Wow! You have made it so easy for us. This is a great map! Thank you!

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  39. Louis June 20, 2018 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing the map. Will surely visit it in my next tour.

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  41. Gary January 28, 2019 at 1:32 am - Reply

    Will be giving these places a go when we are there in May. Thanks for sharing!

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