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Gelateria dei Gracchi
Meghan McCarron

Rome’s 9 Most Exceptional Gelaterie

Where to find creamy classics and imaginative flavors from the city’s ambitious gelato makers

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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.

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1. Fatamorgana

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Via Roma Libera, 11
00153 Roma RM, Italy

“No tricks, just nature.” This is the Fatamorgana motto, effectively summarizing what lies behind the delicious and imaginative gelato. In all their Rome locations — the original is in Via Lago di Lesina; the latest is this small shop in Trastevere — find classic flavors and ones from farther afield, like the mesmerizing dark chocolate and lapsang souchong smoked tea or the lovely Thumbelina with Sorrento walnuts, rose petals, and violet flowers.

The display case at Fatamorgana
Meghan McCarron

2. Gelateria dei Gracchi

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Via di S. Pantaleo, 61
00186 Roma RM, Italy

There are now four locations, but this original was opened in 1999 by former luthier Alberto Manassei, today a respected gelato guru. At Gelateria dei Gracchi, everything is made in house — from roasting nuts to peeling and cutting the fresh, seasonal, perfectly ripe fruit, with no use of artificial colors, preservatives, or hydrogenated fats. Don’t miss the pistachio and roasted almond and orange, and, when available, the refreshing, zingy green apple and mint. Also on offer here: lactose-free and gluten-free options, delicious (seasonal) slushes, and irresistible bonbons, or small bites of gelato covered with chocolate.

Gelateria dei Gracchi
Meghan McCarron

3. Il Gelato di Claudio Torcè

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Viale Aventino, 59
00153 Roma RM, Italy

This is the most central of Claudio Torcè’s gelato shops, but a visit to his headquarters in the EUR borough — where about 100 flavors are on display — would be well worth the trip. Torcè is a true lover of gelato, for which he only uses the best ingredients. He’s also a great experimenter, with technique and with creating and pairing flavors. Try the excellent single-origin, milk-free chocolate options or the savory ones such as roasted-and-salted cashew or black sesame.

Il Gelato di Claudio Torcè
Claudio Torcè/Facebook

4. La Neviera

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Via Taranto, 66
00182 Roma RM, Italy

This small gelateria on a busy road in the San Giovanni area doesn’t always get the attention it deserves — but it’s definitely a local favorite. The name refers to the old way of making gelato and slushes, using snow from the mountains. A small counter displays around 20 flavors made with fresh milk, seasonal fruit, and selected ingredients — from Sicilian almonds and organic lemons to bourbon vanilla. Try the banana and kiwi sorbet or the Neviera flavor with ricotta, dark chocolate, pear, and cinnamon.

Gelato at La Neviera
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5. Otaleg!

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Viale dei Colli Portuensi, 594
00151 Roma RM, Italy

Set in the residential area of Colli Portuensi, Otaleg (gelato spelt backwards) quickly gained attention for its standout gelato and open-view workshop. Every day, different flavors and combinations are served according to the season and to Marco Radicioni’s imagination. In addition to ingredients like prickly pear, mango, and passion fruit with cocoa beans, there are also “savory” flavors (intended to be eaten alongside food rather than on their own), such as mustard, gorgonzola with blond chocolate and hazelnut, and beetroot sorbet.

Otaleg!
Otaleg/Facebook

6. Premiata Gelateria Tedesco & Hauser

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Via Santa Maria Ausiliatrice, 52
00181 Roma RM, Italy

An Italian and a German launched this small gelateria in the Tuscolano neighborhood in 2015. Remo Tedesco and Magrit Hauser make good gelati and cremolati, a cross between an ice cream and a slush made with water, fresh fruit, and sugar; their products are low-sugar and low-fat with well-balanced spices. Both traditional flavors — think hazelnut, coffee, or cinnamon — and imaginative combinations like ginger, muscovado, and berries hit the spot.

Premiata Gelateria Tedesco & Hauser
Tedesco & Hauser/Facebook

7. Punto Gelato

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Via dei Pettinari, 43
00186 Roma RM, Italy

Günther Rohregger puts a lot of care into selecting ingredients for his gelato — from pure alpine water and microfiltered organic cow’s milk to house-made fruit jams and best-origin cocoa, thought goes into every single element of the desserts. A former ski instructor in the Alps who was born in Belzano, in northern Italy, he fell in love with a local and moved to Rome, launching his gelateria in 2012 (two more branches are in the city center). Flavors are often inspired by the Alps, and include variations like buffalo milk with pink pepper, Amalfi lemon, and tiramisu scented with pine.

8. Fiordiluna

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Via della Lungaretta, 96
00153 Roma RM, Italy

Opened in 1993 in the heart of Trastevere, this small and colorful gelateria from the Pasquarella family — which replaced their earlier coffee and gelato shop — has always had a special focus on organic, fair-trade products and on innovative yet tradition-based processing. Fresh fruit sorbets are delicious, but be sure to try to the chocolate and the lovely pistachio-and-hazelnut duet. Fiordiluna also makes chocolate bars and pralines.

Fiordiluna gelato
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9. Al Settimo Gelo

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Via Vodice, 21
00195 Roma RM, Italy

This small, nondescript gelateria on a side street in the Prati neighborhood was among the first to champion the natural gelato revolution in Rome. It’s been open for over two decades and still deserves a visit. Mirella Fiumanò’s fruit sorbets use seasonal fruit from across Italy, including organic verdello lemons, Leonforte tardive peaches from Sicily, strawberries, figs, and pears. The shop also has gluten-free cones, made in its own laboratory.

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1. Fatamorgana

Via Roma Libera, 11, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
The display case at Fatamorgana
Meghan McCarron

“No tricks, just nature.” This is the Fatamorgana motto, effectively summarizing what lies behind the delicious and imaginative gelato. In all their Rome locations — the original is in Via Lago di Lesina; the latest is this small shop in Trastevere — find classic flavors and ones from farther afield, like the mesmerizing dark chocolate and lapsang souchong smoked tea or the lovely Thumbelina with Sorrento walnuts, rose petals, and violet flowers.

Via Roma Libera, 11
00153 Roma RM, Italy

2. Gelateria dei Gracchi

Via di S. Pantaleo, 61, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Gelateria dei Gracchi
Meghan McCarron

There are now four locations, but this original was opened in 1999 by former luthier Alberto Manassei, today a respected gelato guru. At Gelateria dei Gracchi, everything is made in house — from roasting nuts to peeling and cutting the fresh, seasonal, perfectly ripe fruit, with no use of artificial colors, preservatives, or hydrogenated fats. Don’t miss the pistachio and roasted almond and orange, and, when available, the refreshing, zingy green apple and mint. Also on offer here: lactose-free and gluten-free options, delicious (seasonal) slushes, and irresistible bonbons, or small bites of gelato covered with chocolate.

Via di S. Pantaleo, 61
00186 Roma RM, Italy

3. Il Gelato di Claudio Torcè

Viale Aventino, 59, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
Il Gelato di Claudio Torcè
Claudio Torcè/Facebook

This is the most central of Claudio Torcè’s gelato shops, but a visit to his headquarters in the EUR borough — where about 100 flavors are on display — would be well worth the trip. Torcè is a true lover of gelato, for which he only uses the best ingredients. He’s also a great experimenter, with technique and with creating and pairing flavors. Try the excellent single-origin, milk-free chocolate options or the savory ones such as roasted-and-salted cashew or black sesame.

Viale Aventino, 59
00153 Roma RM, Italy

4. La Neviera

Via Taranto, 66, 00182 Roma RM, Italy
Gelato at La Neviera
La Neviera/Facebook

This small gelateria on a busy road in the San Giovanni area doesn’t always get the attention it deserves — but it’s definitely a local favorite. The name refers to the old way of making gelato and slushes, using snow from the mountains. A small counter displays around 20 flavors made with fresh milk, seasonal fruit, and selected ingredients — from Sicilian almonds and organic lemons to bourbon vanilla. Try the banana and kiwi sorbet or the Neviera flavor with ricotta, dark chocolate, pear, and cinnamon.

Via Taranto, 66
00182 Roma RM, Italy

5. Otaleg!

Viale dei Colli Portuensi, 594, 00151 Roma RM, Italy
Otaleg!
Otaleg/Facebook

Set in the residential area of Colli Portuensi, Otaleg (gelato spelt backwards) quickly gained attention for its standout gelato and open-view workshop. Every day, different flavors and combinations are served according to the season and to Marco Radicioni’s imagination. In addition to ingredients like prickly pear, mango, and passion fruit with cocoa beans, there are also “savory” flavors (intended to be eaten alongside food rather than on their own), such as mustard, gorgonzola with blond chocolate and hazelnut, and beetroot sorbet.

Viale dei Colli Portuensi, 594
00151 Roma RM, Italy

6. Premiata Gelateria Tedesco & Hauser

Via Santa Maria Ausiliatrice, 52, 00181 Roma RM, Italy
Premiata Gelateria Tedesco & Hauser
Tedesco & Hauser/Facebook

An Italian and a German launched this small gelateria in the Tuscolano neighborhood in 2015. Remo Tedesco and Magrit Hauser make good gelati and cremolati, a cross between an ice cream and a slush made with water, fresh fruit, and sugar; their products are low-sugar and low-fat with well-balanced spices. Both traditional flavors — think hazelnut, coffee, or cinnamon — and imaginative combinations like ginger, muscovado, and berries hit the spot.

Via Santa Maria Ausiliatrice, 52
00181 Roma RM, Italy

7. Punto Gelato

Via dei Pettinari, 43, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Günther Rohregger puts a lot of care into selecting ingredients for his gelato — from pure alpine water and microfiltered organic cow’s milk to house-made fruit jams and best-origin cocoa, thought goes into every single element of the desserts. A former ski instructor in the Alps who was born in Belzano, in northern Italy, he fell in love with a local and moved to Rome, launching his gelateria in 2012 (two more branches are in the city center). Flavors are often inspired by the Alps, and include variations like buffalo milk with pink pepper, Amalfi lemon, and tiramisu scented with pine.

Via dei Pettinari, 43
00186 Roma RM, Italy

8. Fiordiluna

Via della Lungaretta, 96, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
Fiordiluna gelato
Fiordiluna/Facebook

Opened in 1993 in the heart of Trastevere, this small and colorful gelateria from the Pasquarella family — which replaced their earlier coffee and gelato shop — has always had a special focus on organic, fair-trade products and on innovative yet tradition-based processing. Fresh fruit sorbets are delicious, but be sure to try to the chocolate and the lovely pistachio-and-hazelnut duet. Fiordiluna also makes chocolate bars and pralines.

Via della Lungaretta, 96
00153 Roma RM, Italy

9. Al Settimo Gelo

Via Vodice, 21, 00195 Roma RM, Italy

This small, nondescript gelateria on a side street in the Prati neighborhood was among the first to champion the natural gelato revolution in Rome. It’s been open for over two decades and still deserves a visit. Mirella Fiumanò’s fruit sorbets use seasonal fruit from across Italy, including organic verdello lemons, Leonforte tardive peaches from Sicily, strawberries, figs, and pears. The shop also has gluten-free cones, made in its own laboratory.

Via Vodice, 21
00195 Roma RM, Italy

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