When coming to Rome, especially during the hot summer season, surely you will have the uncontrollable craving of buying a nice Roman Ice cream from the Gelateria next to your Rome accommodation. Let’s check why Gelatos are an important part of the Italian gastronomy.
What we know nowadays as Ice cream, was in the beginning a mixture of fruit and snow that was called by the Turks “Chorbet”, This invention was created in the East, before the Christian era. Then the innovative dessert arrived in Europe and in Italy it was enriched with honey and got the name of “Sorbete”. During the 17th century, Francesco Procopio invented a machine that mixed the ice, fruit and sugar, giving a consistency to it previously unknown. Thus it was served in the cafes in long metal cups, until the 50s, and then the ice cream trolleys were invented to deliver ice cream throughout the cities.
But you might be wondering, what is the difference between Ice cream and Rome Gelatos? Well there are mainly three differences between Ice cream and Gelato: 1. Ice cream has more or less three times more fat than gelato. 2. Gelato is served above freezing temperature, while Ice cream is served at freezing temperature and 3. Gelato contains 30% percent of air while ice cream contains 50%, not even describing the slow and very careful process of making Gelato. So this is why Gelatos are not even comparable to ice cream in terms of quality and flavor.
Now that we know these important differences let’s see where can we enjoy this traditional Italian dessert in Rome:
Gelateria San Crispino: Rumor has it that Liz Gilbert, character played by Julia Roberts in the movie Eat Pray Love, appears in the movie poster eating a gelato from Gelateria San Crispino. The true thing is that they served the most delicious Gelatos in Rome and probably in the whole Italy. The Alongi brothers founded this Gelateria in 1992 with the intention of offering the really best quality Gelatos in the market. They became famous almost immediately and haven’t stopped growing since then. There are five San Crispino Gelaterias in Rome, one of them is located at Via della Panetteria 42, tel. +39-06-679-3924, more information : www.ilgelatodisancrispino.com.
Gelateria Giolitti: This is one of the most famous gelaterias among tourists. People from all around the world gather in this traditional store to taste the most traditional Rome gelatos. Located relatively near from the pantheon, this Gelateria has a long history that started back in 1890, when the Giolitti family opened a creamery that offered products of such quality that they became the biggest providers of daily product to the royal family of the time. Nowadays Gelateria Giolitti has franchised stores in Copenhagen, New York and Seoul, while spreading the original gelato flavor around the world. Address: Via degli Uffici del Vicario, 40, more information: www.giolitti.it.
Gelato is one of the few pleasures that you will be able to enjoy while staying in Rome, but if you want to make your holidays truly memorable, you should consider the possibility of renting a place in Rome, surely you and your family will have a great time in the gorgeous capital of Italy.