I’ve said it before and I will say it again. Claudio Torcè is the man. This master gelataio makes all-natural, artisanal, ingredient-driven gelato for his own gelateria in EUR, as well as several franchises in Rome. His style and dedication to quality ingredients has inspired his disciples (most notably Maria Agnese Spagnuolo of Fatamorgana and siblings Enrico and Francesca Gori of Gelateria Gori) to do the same.
I visited Torcè’s shop in EUR a couple of weeks ago with Mamma Parla and we tasted nine different flavors from the 70 types offered. The “first round” was celery, carrot, and gorgonzola with vinegar. The celery and gorgonzola gelati were savory, the carrot subtly sweet. None of these will ever be my gelato of choice, but I do appreciate their pure, clean flavors.
Next up: a cup of ginger, habanero, and chocolate with chili. The ginger brought a soothing cool, followed by its own piquant brand of spiciness, while the habanero and chocolate with chili were straight up spicy. I loved these flavors together. Mamma P isn’t quite as down with the spice as I am, but she liked the ginger. Our last cup was giandiua, Alba hazelnuts, and vanilla, each of which was perfectly creamy and completely true to the flavor of its ingredients.
Getting to EUR is a breeze. Get the Metro B to the last stop (Laurentina). From the Colosseo stop, it shouldn’t take much more than 20 minutes. Il Gelato di Claudio Torcè is located at Viale dell’Aeronautica 105, a 3-minute walk from the station (while you’re in the neighborhood, be sure to peek into Carni Magini, an excellent family-run butcher shop at number 81 on the same street).
Alternatively you visit the Il Gelato di Claudio Torcè franchise, located at Viale Aventino 59 near the Circus Maximus, where you will find around 40 flavors crafted by the maseter. I wonder what it takes to get in on the Torcè franchise. I think this is a question I should ponder with my
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