There are ice cream parlors in Rome almost on every street corner and good ice cream is a staple in Rome. Read how to find a good ice cream parlor and find your way around our map of the best ice cream parlors.
How to find a good ice cream parlor in Rome
There are some signs that can tell you something about the quality of the ice cream parlor:
- If the ice cream is strong colored, it is chemistry. Natural products do not light up in signal colors.
- If a queue forms in front of an ice cream parlor, it is generally a good indication for quality.
- If you can look into the laboratory, you are usually on the safe side.
The 12 best ice cream parlors in Rome
We added another ice cream shop to our list and now there are thirteen. Many ice cream parlors have multiple outlets. Our map of the best ice cream parlors will help you find one of the best ice cream parlors in Rome near you.
Otaleg is one of the brightest stars in the Roman ice cream parlor heaven.
In 2014 the ice cream parlor in Via dei Colli Portuensi was named the best gelateria in Italy and according to the Italian gourmet guide Gambero Rosso it is one of the three best ice cream parlors in the region. In 2018 it moved to Trastevere, in Via di San Cosimato 14a. At Otaleg you will find delicious creations with constantly new recipes such as bourbon vanilla with ginger or gorgonzola with chocolate and nuts.
Gelateria dei Gracchi
Three ice cream parlors in the Lazium region have made it into the classification of the gourmet publisher Gambero Rosso.
One of them is Gelateria dei Gracchi. The ice creams are based on the products of the season. The Gelateria dei Gracchi has three sales outlets, Via dei Gracchi 272 near Via Cola di Rienzo, Via di Ripetta 261 near Piazza del Popolo and Viale Regina Margherita 212, to the left of Via Nomentana.
The South Tyrolean Günther Rohregger has made his name among the Roman ice producers. Here you can find combinations like Madagascar cinnamon or Swiss stone pine. His selling points are in Via dei Pettinari just at the Sixtus bridge, in Piazza Sant’Eustachio between Piazza Navona and Pantheon and, named “The Taste Gelato”, in Via due Macelli between the Spanish Steps and the Quirinal.
Il Cannolo Siciliano
The Cannolo Siciliano confectionery produces ice cream that has won multiple awards.
The Sicilian Cannolo is a crispy baked roll that is sweetly filled with ricotta and other ingredients.
Here, Cannolo and ricotta are also used for the ice cream. In this shop are not many varieties of ice cream, but it has an excellent taste.
The Cannolo Siciliano pastry shop is headquartered in Piazza Malatesta, metro C. A second shop is located in the center on Via Quattro Novembre, next to the stairs that lead from the Trajan column to the Museum of the Trajan Markets.
Il Gelato di San Crispino
This ice cream parlor is one of the pioneers in Rome for natural ice cream.
A special feature is that they produce a kind of “whole-food” ice cream. Fruits are partially processed with the peel. The result is somewhat unusual but excellent.
San Crispino is located near the Pantheon in Piazza della Maddalena and near the Trevi Fountain in Via della Panettiera. Other branches are spread across the city.
La Gelateria del Teatro
The ice cream parlor is located in Via dei Coronari between Piazza Navona and Castel Sant’Angelo.
Here you can see into the ice laboratory from the street. The flavor combinations are exciting, the choice is huge.
There is a branch on the Lungotevere dei Vallati between Ponte Sisto and Ponte Garibaldi.
Natural ingredients and imaginative creations are the secret of the Fata Morgana. The flavor combinations are so varied that it is difficult to choose.
We tried the pistachios di Bronte and rose with purple flowers, really delicious. The ice cream sushi is also very interesting.
Fata Morgana has several sales points in Rome:
- Near Piazza del Popolo, between Via del Corso and Via del Babuino in Via Laurina 10
- Between Ghetto and Campo de ‘Fiori in Via dei Chiavari 37, right next to the Antico Forno Roscioli
- In Trastevere near Piazza di San Cosimato, in Via Roma Libera 11
- In the Monti district at Piazza degli Zingari 5
- South of the Basilica of San Giovanni at Piazza Re di Roma in Via Aosta 3
- At the Vatican in Via Leone IV 50
- In the north of Rome near Villa Ada in Via Lago di Lesina 9.
Claudio Torcè likes to experiment and has been using natural ingredients for more than 15 years. He offers over 100 types of ice cream in his ice cream parlors.
We counted 6 types of chocolate. The repertoire also includes varieties such as peperoncino, gorgonzola or celery. So you will find varieties for every taste here.
Torcè has three sales outlets. They are in the southern part of Rome:
- The laboratory with ice cream parlor is at the terminus of Metro B, Laurentina, in Via dell’Aeronautica 105
- There is a sales point near the Circus Maximus on the right side of the FAO building at Viale Aventino 59
- The third sales point is at Viale Marconi 445, 500 m from the Basilica of St. Paul.
One of the most famous ice cream parlors in Rome is Giolitti. At Giolitti, you’ll find ice cream take away and a big saloon in the style of a Viennese coffee shop for sundaes. In these mugs the ice is buried under mountains of cream and they replace a lunch.
Giolitti is located below the Parliament Palace Montecitorio in Via degli Uffici del Vicario.
Giolitti also runs a pastry shop and ice cream parlor in the EUR quarter by the artificial lake at Viale Oceania 90. Metro B EUR Palasport
Venchi is a famous chocolate producer from Piedmont and has several branches in Rome.
You will find shops selling ice-cream at Termini Station, in Via del Corso between Piazza Venezia and Piazza Colonna, in Via della Croce and near the Pantheon in Via degli Orfani. Other shops are located on the air sie of terminals 1 and 3 in Fiumicino.
Gelateria La Romana
Despite the name, the headquarters of “La Romana” are located in Rimini. They have chocolate fountains to cover the cone and then they fill up with excellent ice cream. Finally, you can choose between different tastes of whipped cream, like chocolate or Zabaione flavour.
In Rome, you will find three sales outlets of the Gelateria La Romana, in Via Ostiense 48, from the Pyramid towards San Paolo, in Via Cola di Rienzo no. 2, immediately after the bridge to Piazza del Popolo, and in Via XX Settembre 60 opposite Via Castelfidardo.
Il Palazzo del Freddo by Giovanni Fassi
Founded in 1880, Fassi’s Ice Palace is the oldest ice cream parlor in Rome. The Palace is one of the largest ice cream parlors in Rome.
Fassi relies on tried-and-tested varieties as well as ice cream confectionery and specialties based on their own recipes. Here you get ice-filled yeast pastries and ice-filled tramezzini and good portions at reasonable prices.
Grezzo Raw Choccolate
Grezzo means “raw” and Grezzo Raw Choccolate is a confectionery that makes its products only from raw, uncooked ingredients. All ingredients are heated to a maximum of 42° C – 107° F.
The ingredients must therefore be of the highest quality and must be able to be processed at this temperature. Grezzo also offers several types of ice cream. I tried the chocolate ice cream of course. I found the ice cream very interesting, made of the best chocolate and not very sweet.
Once you get to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the Grezzo Pastry Shop is not far. It is located in Via Urbana 130 in the Monti district.
A branch is located in the ghetto by the turtle fountain in Piazza Mattei.