Il Gelato di San Crispino

Address: Via della Panetteria 42, Rome, 00187, Italy
Telephone: 06 679 3924

- Mid-range

4.7

San Crispino is, quite simply, gelato heaven

I can still remember the revelatory moment when I discovered this gourmet ice-cream emporium back in the 1990s. I’d had some good gelato in Rome, sure – but nothing quite this good. Too much ice-cream tastes of artifical banana, pear or caramel flavouring: the gelato made by the Alonghi brothers, on the other hand, tastes of banana, pear or caramel. It’s not garishly coloured either: if you make gelato with real ingredients, as these two ice-cream evangelists do, it’s never going to come out bright green or yellow. The pistacchio, for example, is more grey than green: but it’s made with carefully-selected pistacchios from Bronte in Sicily, and it tastes like you’re eating them – in cold, creamy form.

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Food and drink

Certain flavours change with the seasons: the mandarin in winter and the autumn dried fig and walnut are especially good. Others are permanent fixtures: these include the unmissable zabaione – made using 20-year-old barrel-aged Marsala. Only tubs are permitted: cones, the Alonghis say, interfere with the purity of the flavour.

Ambience

It's clean, bright and functional, with a focus on the ice-cream itself – which is hidden from view in cylindrical metal tubs with lids.

Service

They’re friendly, efficient gelato scoopers in here.

Location

Via della Panetteria is two blocks east of the Trevi Fountain.

Price advice

San Crispino’s prices are in the luxe gelato bracket. Whereas prices in most gelaterias start at 1.50 euros for a small cone or tub, here they kick off at 2.30 euros – and this ‘piccola’ size really is small. A 3 euro tub, however, should satisfy most ice-cream cravings.

Branches

There's another useful centro storico branch at Piazza della Maddalena 3, one block north of the Pantheon; it keeps the same hours.

Recommended for

  • Families with teenagers
  • No fuss

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