Rome-ing for Gelato

Thursday, January 17, 2019

For the past few months leading up to my Italy trip, I've been telling myself I was going to get gelato everyday... so I did. Normally I would do some research on the top spots, but I opted to just walk in wherever looked like it could potentially meet my high sugar standards. Here are the six different places I tried, in strategic order.

1. Santa Trinita (Florence)
Compared to Rome, the gelato here is more expensive for some odd reason. Trust me, I price checked. But Santa Trinita rocked my tastebuds so hard. First off, they have cones that even look like columns, which I thought was sick. Second, sooo rich and creamy. The stracciatella and hazelnut is the way to go. And these SERVING SIZES for a small! unreal. Your 6 euro's are worth the investment.

Piazza Dei Frescobaldi, 8/red, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy

2. Venchi
There's a few of these in Rome, but the most extravagant one is closest to the Trevi Fountain. I say extravagant because once you walk in and turn the corner, THERE IS CHOCOLATE STREAMING DOWN THE WALL - just like a chocolate waterfall. This one had the longest line for obvious reasons, but well worth the wait. Unlike most other gelato places in Rome, You could add a chocolate coating with the addition to nuts on the cone, which really added to the taste. Do the cone with chocolate, hazelnuts, and hazelnut gelato- the Soni special.

Via del Corso, 335, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

3. Verde Pistachio 
This was the very first place I tried on the first full day we explored Rome. While walking and looking across the street, there was a giant gelato cone and mint green bike. So naturally I walked to the store front and saw a mini-van inside and ran on in. I'd like to lie and say I got chocolate and vanilla, but I'm not really too sure on that. Normally I only do one flavor of ice cream on a cone in the states, but in Italy, its very common that you get two different flavors, regardless of what size you buy. Even if you tell them you want one, they won't give it to you until you request the second flavor. This place gets an extra bonus for the colors and photo opp.

Via Nazionale, 239, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

4. Cafe Minerva
I decided to give hazelnut a break when I had gelato for breakfast specifically that morning. This place is tiny and right next door to the Pantheon, so it's easy to get overlooked with the other neighboring tiny stores. You can clearly see the strawberry seeds here, so now just imagine the taste.

Via della Minerva, 8, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

According to a native, this place was it's own solo spot and ranked the best gelato once upon-a-time. Once it was franchised, the public felt it lost a bit of it's authenticity and taste. One night after a late dinner, I saw that it was nearby and still open at a mere 11pm, and had to try it. This wasn't too sugary, and really a first for me having gelato with biscotti chunks in it! Flavor: Crema di Grom.

Via della Maddalena, 30a, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Let it be known that I don't have a sweet tooth, I have sweet teeth.* This spot ranks last on the list because it tasted a little too strong because the mint was so overpowering. Interestingly odd to the palette that always prefers something sweet. I thought this was mint chocolate chip, but it turned out to be mint AND chocolate chip, which was not a killer combo... at all.

Via Lago di Lesina, 9/11, 00199 Roma RM, Italy

And there you have it, every place I tried while I was in Italy. Yes the title of this post can seem misleading being that my top spot wasn't actually in Rome, but in Florence, but nobodies looking that deep into it other than me. Maybe if you are ever in these areas you could check 'em out and let me know what you think!

Got any questions, comments, or gelato concerns? You can drop it low in the comments below or send me a DM on the gram.

Arrivederci per allora :)

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