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Gelateria Corona


They servers behind the counter at Gelateria Corona are among the rudest people in Rome’s service industry. And trust me, there is fierce competition for this crown. Oooh. A pun. Wasn’t even trying. That said, the granite at this small gelateria in Largo Argentina keep me coming back for more. Call me a masochist, or better yet, a glutton. I will accept abuse in exchange for sweet slushy treats. Their pistachio and almond granite are both to die for, and best consumed together topped with fresh whipped cream. Corona’s granite win out over Ciuri Ciuri and Cremeria Monforte, and even rival Palermo’s best. I guess with such granita supremacy, they don’t need to be nice.

2016-01-07T14:37:52+00:00 September 26th, 2009|Categories: Restaurants, Rome & Lazio, Sweets & Dessert|15 Comments


  1. Sarah September 26, 2009 at 11:55 pm - Reply

    I always passed by this place and never went in, even though I was curious. What a mistake! I would say granite are what I miss most about Italy, and that says a lot given all the other things contending.

  2. William Graebner September 29, 2009 at 6:50 am - Reply

    I loved your lead into this one, and I’m going to look for pistachio granite on my next trip. But for me, rudeness isn’t worth it.

  3. Katie September 29, 2009 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    @Sarah, you’ll be back to make up for lost calories!

    @William Went back yesterday and the rudeness was worth it. the server talked to her friend for a good 3 minutes before asking for my order. i just sat there and futilely glared at them while they BS’d about nonsense.

  4. Tom September 29, 2009 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    Do they treat everyrone like this, or just non-Italians? Call me crazy, but I get a kick out of the rudeness sometimes. Although there was one time at a museum when I did not have exact change for the admission price and was treated rudely. I won’t get into it here, but the “New Jersey” in me really came out that time… lol

    • Katie September 29, 2009 at 7:30 pm - Reply

      No it is everyone. They don’t discriminate against who they mistreat.

  5. kate October 6, 2009 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    katie –
    now a devoted acolyte after our food tour with you last week, wish that i had pumped you for info on the best gelato. we were disappointed by the standards (san crispin and its type) but did swoon over fassa in the monti neighborhood.
    joe and i will clearly be going to turkey next just so we can follow your recommendations.

  6. Mark October 7, 2009 at 12:08 am - Reply

    That place sounds great though I’d like to see Simon Cowell served there, maybe he can match their rudeness. I just have one question though, i don’t get the pun which you say there is in the first sentence “They servers behind the counter at Gelateria Corona are among the rudest people in Rome’s service industry. And trust me, there is fierce competition for this crown. Oooh. A pun.” Could you explain?

    Mark from Denver

  7. Katie October 7, 2009 at 12:26 am - Reply

    mark, the word corona means crown in italian. thanks so much for asking me to clarify. i was worried it was a bit obscure for those who do not know italian.

  8. Tom October 7, 2009 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    Katie’s the best–food AND language lessons all in one place! That’s why we love her so much!

  9. Kazzart November 12, 2009 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    Ooh I discovered this gelateria during my days of wandering solo about roma leading up to christmas last year. A local caffe bar owner around the corner near campo di fiori recommended it to me, and boy was it a good recommendation! I went again when I was in Rome last month and the cioccolato fondente and nocciola (my two favourite flavours that I try in every gelateria I visit!) were even better than I remembered. Strange though, I’ve never encountered any rudeness (or maybe I just didn’t notice, being too busy drooling over the prospect of having awesome gelati)?

    In any case, to me it’s definitely worth a visit, as I’m not even going to dine there (a restaurant on the other hand is a different matter). A mere few mins of rudeness in getting takeaway are worth the pleasurable next 10-15 mins of gelati. 🙂

    I’m glad for your post about this as it confirms my impression of this place as having decent gelato. (I have yet to try Gelateria del Teatro though – is it really as good as people say?)

    • Katie November 13, 2009 at 12:16 am - Reply

      I tend to agree with you. I am willing to put up with rudeness if I get some good food out of the deal. And get to complain about the service.

      Gelateria del Teatro is not all that. There is no doubt they use quality products but I do not like the consistency of the gelato. A matter of taste, perhaps, but for me there is much better to be had in Rome.

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  11. shayma July 28, 2010 at 4:43 am - Reply

    hahaha good one, Katie. great post. rudeness is worth gelato (food in general- we have loads of rude people in Lahore selling samosas on the roadside but we go back again and again and again). was this place around 2 years ago when i left Rome?

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