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A Guide to Rome's Newest and Most Exciting Gelato Spots

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Over the past few years, Rome has seen a boom in gelato shops that emphasize natural, high quality ingredients. Believe it or not, the city lacked those establishments for several years. As the journalist and blogger Katie Parla notes, even though gelato has always been considered an essential part of Roman ritual, "at many places natural ingredients have been replaced by dehydrated milk powder, hydrogenated vegetable oils, chemical stabilizers, and artificial colors and flavors."

But thanks in great part to master gelato maker Claudio Torcè, there's been a kind of revolution in gelato production. At places like his new Il Gelato Bistrò, or the shops of his acolytes (Fatamorgana, Otaleg), there seems to be an effort to change consumer palates and urge folks to create real food again, without being sanctimonious or elitist. It's simply about the craft. Once Romans were content to eat the gelato that was closest to where they lived, worked, or happened to be strolling, but that may no longer be the case. These new openings, particularly in the center, signal a success for the natural food movement in Rome.

For a guide to all of Rome's great gelato shops, not just the new ones, visit Parla's site.

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1. Il Gelato Bistrò

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Circonvallazione Trionfale, 13
00195 Rome, Italy

2. Gelateria Fatamorgana

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Piazza degli Zingari
00184 Rome, Italy

3. Gelateria Fatamorgana

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Via Roma Libera
00153 Rome, Italy

4. Otaleg

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Viale dei Colli Portuensi, 594
00151 Rome, Italy

5. V-Ice

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Corso Vittorio Emanuele II
00186 Rome, Italy

6. Come il Latte

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Via Silvio Spaventa, 24
00187 Rome, Italy

7. Gelateria del Teatro

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Lungotevere dei Vallati, 25
00186 Rome, Italy

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1. Il Gelato Bistrò

Circonvallazione Trionfale, 13, 00195 Rome, Italy
Circonvallazione Trionfale, 13
00195 Rome, Italy

2. Gelateria Fatamorgana

Piazza degli Zingari, 00184 Rome, Italy
Piazza degli Zingari
00184 Rome, Italy

3. Gelateria Fatamorgana

Via Roma Libera, 00153 Rome, Italy
Via Roma Libera
00153 Rome, Italy

4. Otaleg

Viale dei Colli Portuensi, 594, 00151 Rome, Italy
Viale dei Colli Portuensi, 594
00151 Rome, Italy

5. V-Ice

Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 00186 Rome, Italy
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II
00186 Rome, Italy

6. Come il Latte

Via Silvio Spaventa, 24, 00187 Rome, Italy
Via Silvio Spaventa, 24
00187 Rome, Italy

7. Gelateria del Teatro

Lungotevere dei Vallati, 25, 00186 Rome, Italy
Lungotevere dei Vallati, 25
00186 Rome, Italy

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