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Grinisa's Gelato List


Grinisa's gelato list for Rome, Florence, Venice, and the island of Lipari.


San Crispino. Via della Panetteria 42. Near the Trevi Fountain, (there is also a location on Via Acaia, outside the walls). Closed Tuesday.
Some, including my husband, think this is the finest gelateria in Rome. Yes, it is wonderful, with intense flavors. No cones, only cups. Try the special San Crispino flavor, which is full of fruits, nuts and Marsala wine.

Giolitti. Via Uffici dei Vicario 40. Near the Pantheon.
Excellent gelato but the place is always crowded, especially at night. Nice ice-cream parlor you can sit at and savor your gelato but be prepared to pay double. I like the rich and creamy gianduja flavor.

Fragola e Limone. Via Via Giustiniari between the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.
The specialties (see name) are outstanding and go well together. Friendly place with generous portions.

Ciampini. Viale Trinita dei Monti, at the top of the Spanish Steps (also in the Piazza of San Lorenzo in Lucina off the Corso).
Charming place almost hidden in a vine-covered (blooming wisteria!) patio/ garden. Lovely view, especially at sunset. Specializes in elaborate fountain type creations. Also serves food and snacks. Rich and creamy chocolate gelato

Old Bridge. Via Bastioni di Michelangelo 5. Very close to the entrance to the Vatican Museums.
Huge portions. Very creamy gelato but I found the pistachio not very intensely flavored. My husband ordered Nutella gelato and it was like eating a cold and melting Milky Way.

Tre Scalini in Rome

Tre Scalini. Piazza Navona.
After a long day of sightseeing, it was nice to sit outside at one of the tables and enjoy the famous "tartufo" - rich dark chocolate gelato covering a cherry and covered with whipped cream. The take-out section has recently been renovated and is less expansive than sitting at a table.

Gelateria en Piazza. Piazza San Cosimato. Trastevere.
Huge selection of gelato, but it is famous for its chocolate and the strawberry (fragola) is heavenly too.

Da Quinto. Via Tore Millina. Steps from the Piazza Navona.
Hole in the wall gelateria with crowds non-stop. Extensive selection of flavors but the fruit flavors are outstanding. Immense portions. Annamaria loved the "After Eight" chocolate/mint flavor.

Alberto Pica. Via della Seggiola 12. Between the Ghetto and Campo dei Fiori. Closed Sunday.
Signor Albeto Pica is a fixture of the Italian gelato industry and his many awards and citations are proudly displayed on the walls of the gelateria. Unusual flavors like rice.

Cremeria Monteforte. Via della Rotonda 22. Closed Monday. Across the street from the Pantheon.
Tiny and take out only, the owners are very friendly and the pistachio gelato is creamy, intensely flavored and delicious. Since it is just steps from our hotel, we came here often and no flavor was bad.

Gelato di GeGe. Piazzas della Rotunda, next to the Del Senato Hotel and across from Tazza di Oro.
Very good gelato especially the "Fiore di Fragola" which was a mix of very creamy vanilla and strawberry.

Blue Ice.
A chain, they are all over, but we tried the one near the Trevi Fountain. I didn't expect too much from this flashy place mobbed with tourists but despite the abrupt service, the gelato was excellent especially the bacio and torrone.

Fiocco di Neve. Via del Pantheon 51.
We stopped in here after lunch one day. While standing in line, we watched everyone ahead of us get a glass of espresso into which a scoop of Zabaione gelato was dropped. Then I noticed the sign "Specialita Zabaione Semifreddo". It was delicious.

Rosati. Piazza del Popolo 4.
This is more of a smart cafe rather than gelateria, serving drinks, light meals and elaborate gelato creations. Either before or after dinner, a table outside gives you a great view of the passeggiata. If it is full, try Canova across the Piazza.

Places Still on My "To Try" List

Il Palazzo del Freddo di Giovanni Fassi. Via Prinicipe Eugenio 65, Piazza Vittorio Emanule.

Duse. Via Eleonora Duce 1E, Parioli.

Bar San Calisto. Piazza San Calisto, Trastevere.

Le Cafe du Parc. Piazza di Porto San Paolo.

And One I Did Not Like

Gelateria della Palma. Via della Maddalena 20.
Over 100 flavors, plus frozen yogurt, ices, shakes, candy and pastries, but with so much available the quality slips on many items.


Vivoli. Via Isola delle Stinche 7.
Claims to have the "world's best gelato." It's good, but others meet or beat it.

Perche No! Via dei Tavolini 19.
Centrally located. Good, full flavored gelato.


Paolin. Campo Santo Stefano, San Marco.
Wide selection, especially delicious fruit flavors.

Island of Lipari

Bar Subba. Via Vittorio Emanuele 92.
Try the Eolie flavor which is a mixture of cherry and nuts or the Lipari flavor, a rich and creamy pistachio.


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