When I think of Italian food, the second thing that pops into my mind is gelato (the first being pasta, of course). When you’re Rome-ing around one of Italy’s greatest cities in 34° heat, there’s nothing quite as gratifying as slurping on cold, creamy gelato. Before we left the UK, we were told by a Roman friend, ‘do not eat any gelato other than Giolitti’. Apparently there’s no comparison.
The second day into our adventure we dedicated an hour’s walk after dining at Aroma, to find Giolitti. Not many people have that much energy in the heat but the end goal of finding the apparent best gelato in Rome, was enough to keep us plodding onwards.
With large green letters, the exterior welcomed us with open arms and once inside, we were like kids in a
candy ice-cream shop.
Thing is it’s nothing like ice cream, it’s a million times better.
Large cartons of not just gelato but sorbet and Italian pastries are scattered around the reasonably sized parlour but you may have to fight your way to the front.
Luckily, Giolitti has a good system, simply pay first at a separate cashier and then visit the counter and spend the next 30 minutes making the most important decision of your life.
We loved the gelato so much, we visited again the next day and ordered different flavours. If you’re stuck for choice, my recommendations would be Baci (Italian chocolate), wild cherry, nutella, raspberry and caramel. Heck you can’t really go wrong so just visit until you’ve eaten them all. There’s nothing wrong with that, right?
It’s hard to describe the gelato at Giolitti other than it was the best I’ve ever had. Only problem is, now I’m craving it in London and I know I just won’t be satisfied with any other ice cream.
– Giolitti, Rome