How do they do it? There is something about the gelati in Italy that is just far superior to anything you can get anywhere else in the world. Admittedly licking on a cone of gelati while wandering the cobbled streets of Rome does add to the experience. In an act of serious devotion to the art of gelati MTV boyfriend and I hit the pavements of Rome to bring you this brief but extensively researched guide to the best gelati in the ancient city.
|Gelati from I Caruso|
1. I Caruso
The location is out of the way and the selection of flavours is limited to only 16 at any one time but the gelati at I Caruso packs a punch. The strawberry was a rich, lip staining red with flecks of strawberry seeds throughout it while the cioccolata was rich and intense. I Caruso also does tiny chocolate covered pre scooped cones of gelati for €1.50. Our pick of the bunch in Rome.
|I Caruso’s pre scooped chocolate dipped gelati|
Details: I Caruso. Via Collina, 13-15, Rome, Italy (Ph +39 (0)6 42918674)
Damage: Reasonable. €2 for a small cup or cone.
2. San Crispino
This legendary gelati shop was made even more famous as Elizabeth Gilbert’s gelati destination of choice in Eat, Pray, Love. San Crispino has some of the most gourmet flavours going around and everything is home made. I am still dreaming about the creamy caramel and meringue that featured actual chunks of meringue, almost like an icecream version of a pavlova. However San Crispino’s vanilla was a bit more prosaic and could have been richer and the serving size was small for the price.
|Gelati from San Crispino|
Details: San Crispino, 42 Via della Panetteria, Centro Storico area, Rome, Italy (Ph +39 66 679 3924)
Damage. Pricey (for gelati) €3 for a small gelati
3. Della Palma
Palma boasts a jaw dropping 200 different flavours although “only” 110 are on offer at any one time with the flavours changed according to the season. From kinder surprise flavour to pear and cheese there is truly something for everyone. The flavours tasted a bit more artificial than other places and while we enjoyed the light chocolate Kit Kat flavoured gelati the crema could have had a stronger vanilla flavour.
|Gelati from Della Palma|
Details: Via della Maddalena, 20, Rome 00186 (Ph +39 66 880 6752)
Damage: Reasonable. €2
Intrigued to discover a gelati flavour of “muffin” I just had to try it at this popular gelati store in Travestere. Big mistake. The muffin flavour was a mismatch of flavours with a strange, bitter after taste. The crema also disappointed. I should have been wary of the gelati heaped in a colourful display (never a good sign, the best gelati is hidden away from the light to keep it in optimal storage).
|Gelati from Cremi|
Details: Cremi, Trastavere area, Rome, Italy.