fatamorgana trastevere gelato

In Rome, eating gelato is a year-round ritual, but since the temperatures have soared recently, I thought it was high time to update my annual gelato guide. There’s a bit of breaking news to report: Fatamorgana’s Prati location moved from Via Bettolo to Via Leone IV last week, so now it’s even closer to the Vatican walls. Ermanno di Pomponio has left Neve di Latte, while Carapina in central Rome raised the price of a small cup to €3.00, making it one of the priciest scoops in town, but worth every euro-cent. Al Settimo Gelo has expanded its offerings to buffalo’s milk gelato, which it makes for MozzaRe in Trastevere (peep the royally cheesy website). The pistachio will change your life.

View The Best Gelato in Rome and Therefore the World in a larger map

For more on gelato in Rome, check out this handy Google map pinpointing the best of the best or download my app or ebook for a portable version that works offline. And if low-tech gelato hunts are more your speed, be sure to brush up on how to judge gelato in 7 easy steps and these tips for finding natural gelato in Rome.

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  • Um… I am shocked by your claims for Roman supremacy in this area. Two points:

    (1) So what’s Sicily, chopped liver????

    (2) Ciuri Ciuri in Monti? Aren’t you the one who first wrote about this place. Wonderful!

  • I love the list but I wish some of those places wouldn’t use plastic cups. Even if recycled they are wasteful. Genzano has no good Gelateria. Seriously. There was a place but it closed. Puffy is just too important.

  • Thanks a lot for this map!

    Grazie per la mappa!

  • I forgot, If you go in Tivoli (you know right? near Rome), try Mariannina! (and Pinocchio, but I prefer the first one) and let me know what do you think. Its older than me, and im 32 :( 😀

  • Personally, I’ve been basking in the drizzly gray of a Parisian summer, secretly rejoicing at each new cold front (though I fear people will stone me for saying it). I have to admit, however, that gelato DOES taste better in sultry sunshine. Thanks for the map!

  • Ah ha… you are missing one of the best from your list. La Gourmandaise, via Francesco Domenico Guerrazzi 3 – In Montiverdi, enjoy!

  • guys, best gelato in rome is in GELATARIO on via tuscolana. a nice shop 2 years old with its lab on sight. their available flavors depend from what season is on. Pistachio and Dark choc a must, even though everything is excellent.

  • You and Ann Mah are not alone in your preference. The Goncourt brothers visited Rome and while for the first few days they were bowled over by the colours and brightness there, after ten days they wrote that they had ‘become nostalgic for une grisaille’ and departed for Paris soon after.

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  • Katie,

    I downloaded your App in November, but it doesn’t appear to have some of the gelaterie that you cover here (on the map). Wha’ happen? Am I missing something, or did they drop off your “best of” list between July and November? I’m headed to Roma this weekend and……

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  • Great map, though I am surprised that Gelateria Dei Gracchi and Gelatario are absent from this list.

  • Katie

    Gelateria dei Gracchi does not make natural gelato, so it doesn’t make this list. Is gelatario 100% natural?

  • What about Ciuri Ciuri, which I could (almost) swear I first heard about from you? The gelato at their via Leonina place is wonderful. My Italian is not wonderful, but I think this description says the gelato is natural.


  • Katie

    not a fan of ciuri ciuri’s gelato and sadly watched their product decline over the years tho ill still pop in for an almond granita now and again

  • I’m not sure if Gelatario is 100% natural, and I don’t live close enough to check this out, but it is amazing gelato (particularly their popsicles). I am curious as to why G. dei Gracchi is not considered natural. What are they adding, or adulterating, that keeps them from being on this list?

  • Great resource – I am looking forward to using this map someday (hopefully in the near future).

  • Great timing Katie. Link is saved, diet is over! Well, never started really.
    Thanks for this and your help throughout. Leaving tomorrow

  • Thanks Katie! And thanks for the handy advise on how to spot not-so-natural gelato (linked to this post). I find myself referring to your ‘checklist’ all the time :-)

    All the best,

  • Katie


  • Hello and thanks for this map.
    I can’t wait to try those adress. It’s becomming harder and harder to find true artisan food in major cities, even in France!
    Did you know that 70% of the croissant are industrial there (i bet most of french don’t)!
    Just to be naughty, why do you say italian ice cream are the best in the world?
    For us, to much…cream (eggs, sugar, stuff…), not enough delicate and raffined like a sorbet, only fruit and water and a little bit of sugar. What do you think?
    I’ll be in Roma today for a few days and willind to make my mind!

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  • Yesss, perfect timing! Today is my family’s last day in Rome and I think we’ll have to go on a gelato hunt thanks to you :)

  • Yeah, thanks for the Gelato map!

  • i already printed the map! looking forward to use it!

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  • My favorite was Teatro. Amazing flavors. Herbal flavors I had never experienced. My go to place.

  • Katie,
    I will be in Rome in couple of weeks and you are being a great help with your blog.
    Thanks a lot! Your site is amazing. I am impressed with your background and also knowledge. I am Armenian born in Lebanon, married to an Italian and live in Canada. Also, my grandmother is from Turkey. Food quality is extremely important in our household. Thanks again Katie.

  • Hi
    I’m in Chianti but visit Rome regularly. Do you have an opinion on Grom. We have it in Florence and Siena; I think it’s in Rome. Very laboratory like.
    Also the one near Roscioli’s bakery and Punto on Pettinari.

  • Carapina è un anno che vende il gelato piccolo due gusti a tre euro, praticamente a 2,50€ l’ha avuto solo il primo mese d’apertura, inoltre è iper sopravvalutato e la colpa è della buon’anima di Bonilli.

  • Katie,
    did you ever try “Il gelato di San Crispino”? This omission seems pretty weird to me since is a gelateria very well known (it opened in 1993!), and had constantly stellar reviews from experts – and ordinary people too – from all over the world. And it’s 100% natural too. I’m not personally that much into “natural” ice cream, but I can’t find any difference between it’s and Fatamorgana’s. Just my two cents. Cool site btw.

  • No La Romana?

  • Katie

    @John nope it’s only in the past few months that carapina has charged €3.

    @stephen @leah Not a fan of La Romana, Punto or Grom. i like to know the people that make my food. all have a sort of green washing thing common of corporate chains. product not my favorite either

    @francesco il gelato di san crispino doesnt make the cut for me and it is a very different style than fatamorgana. service temp and consistency are very different. but they have that incredible ginger flavor that i wouldn’t turn down:)

  • 2014.1.7 – price was 2.50€

    2014.10.10 – price was 3.00€

    and so on…

    The decision to raise or lower prices is a tough one


  • Thanks a lot for the map dear.

  • Wow! You have made it so easy for us. This is a great map! Thank you!

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