Right along with opera, aqueducts, and Galileo’s theories on planetary movement, gelato is easily one of Italy’s greatest cultural contributions — and Rome is one of the best places in the country to find it. Around the city, there are more gelaterie as churches, displaying their beautiful arrays of powerful flavors.
But finding truly great gelato isn’t easy. Italian laws state that any business making gelato on the premises — whether using fresh ingredients and good-quality products, or just mixing up powders and milk — can classify themselves as “artigianale” (or artisanal). So, how to find the good ones?
Avoid places featuring unnaturally, brightly colored flavors (fluorescent green instead of naturally pale green-brownish pistachio, for example) and opt instead for those showcasing seasonal fruit options. But at the end of the day, let the gelato speak for itself: A perfect scoop should be creamy but not too fatty, with no ice crystals and a clean taste that isn’t overpowered by milk or sugar. Here are a few that Eater recommends.Read More