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Mar 29, 2006 03:59 AM

best gelato in Rome....please!!

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Leaving in two days....please tell me your favorite gelateria (sp?) and their must-have flavors. TIA>

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  1. san crispino, definitely. my fave was one with bits of meringue .

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    1. re: jen kalb

      My favorite, too (altho based on limited experience), but certainly the one with the best rep. And a website, too!


      1. re: jen kalb

        san crispino for me too. I still dream of the gelato with the bits of meringue.

        1. re: JonH

          which flavor has bits of merinque in it?

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            Jeremy Cherfas

            There are a couple. Meringa alla nociola, with hazelnet, is my favorite. There's also a vanilla (crema) and sometimes a chocolate.

        2. re: jen kalb

          San Crispino - BEST. GELATO. EVER.

          1. re: jen kalb
            Jeremy Cherfas

            At Last! You can get arguments in Rome about best coffee (San Eustachio) and just about everything else, but in my entirely non-humble opinion no other ice cream beats San Crispino. There's one near Trevi, one in San Giovanni, and one somewhere else. The cinnamon and ginger is perfect right now. So is the pear.

            1. re: jen kalb

              San Crispino it is then, thanks, will be there in July. Meringue bits?, how wonderful.

            2. There is an incredible gelato shop on Via della Fontinella, between Via Babuino and Via del Corso. It's run by Sicilians and has the most exquisite flavors: pine nut, fresh fig, coffee!, dark chocolate!! Via della Fontinella is just a short block south of Piazza del Popolo.

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              1. re: mnosyne

                Any name or more specific info on this one?

              2. Buon Viaggio!! I remember Rick Steves (the travel dude)
                saying the best gelato is in Piazza Navona, also a great
                after-dinner hang-out,with two huge fountains and lots
                of italians to people cant miss with
                pistachio and nocciola (hazelnut). mangia bene!

                1. Gelateria Duse - on Via Eleonora Duse in Parioli, between Piazza Ungheria and Piazza delle Muse. Hole in the wall on a small street in a residential neighborhood, teeming with Romans every night. Fruit flavors are sublime - limone, lampone, melone, mirtilli, fragola. Cioccolato fondente, gianduia, and baci are also not half bad.

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                  1. re: Jeremy M

                    Second that. From one who has tried many, many including San Crispino. Relatively less touristy than others

                  2. Can't quite remember the name of the gelateria, but it's on Via M. Colonna right next to Mondo Arancina (a Sicilian rotisserie worth a stop in its own right) a couple of blocks south of the Lepanto metro station (not too far from the Vatican). Try the cinnamon, pistacchio, or chocolate with chilly pepper.