Back in 1999, Rome was the first European city that stole my heart. Paris may have since replaced it, by I'll always have a special place for the Eternal City. Rome has its fair share of the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to gelaterias. One of my favorite gelato places is the humbly-named Il Gelato, located just off Via di Monte D'Oro. I first tried their gelato on a humid, late summer afternoon in 2012. Just after we arrived in the pristine shop, a huge downpour deluged the cobbled streets of Rome. It couldn't have been better timing for my family and me. We took cover while sampling and purchasing many of the store's flavors. Because no one came into the shop during the storm, the friendly girl working there helpfully suggested her favorite flavors including celery. I sampled it and enjoyed the refreshing and crisp taste it left on my tongue. Other unique flavors that day included habanero, ginger, and many cheese-infused flavors. We also had a chance to have some of Il Gelato's delicious fresh-squeezed juice. It may be a silly tourist attraction, but every time I'm in Rome, I throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain. I've been pretty fortunate to have returned to Rome each time and I hope my next visit will include a return to Il Gelato as well.
Il Gelato is located at Largo Monte D'Oro 28 in Rome.