Viale di Trastevere, 53, Trastevere
Taking up a fairly large storefront in Trastevere, this traditional Roman-style pizza spot is an important stop if you’re eating your way through the city. Order off the lengthy menu (we suggest going purist with a Margherita), take a seat at one of the communal tables inside or street-side and enjoy your pie (you eat it with a knife and fork) while watching the pizzas go in and out of the massive oven in the open kitchen. Keep in mind that they keep to evening hours only and are big on take-out, so you’ll see a steady procession of locals picking up stacks of pizza boxes to take home for dinner.
Bar Gelateria Alberto Pica
Via della Seggiola, 12, Centro Storico
This nondescript-looking gelato joint in Centro Storico is easy to miss—but don't. For fans of rice pudding, try Alberto Pica's gelato version of the treat. Photo: @signemeirane
Beppe e I Suoi Formaggi
Via di S. Maria del Pianto, 9A/11, Jewish Ghetto
Named for Beppe Giovale, one of the shop’s partners who comes from a long line of Piedmont cheesemakers, this spot is a wonderful place to shop for cheese and wine, plus a selection of other, complementary specialty items like truffle salt and organic honey. If you’d prefer, you can also sit an enjoy a wine and cheese tasting, which is a pretty incredible way to spend a leisurely afternoon.
Piazza di S. Lorenzo in Lucina, 29, Campo Marzio
Ciampino has roots dating back to 1941, which means they've had generations to perfect their gelato. The old-school café uses organic milk and eggs, and many of the flavors are loaded with fresh fruits. One of their specialities is candied chestnut—but regardless of your personal flavor preference, put it in a waffle cone with Ciampino's whipped cream.
Come il Latte
Via Silvio Spaventa, 24/26, Ludovisi
One of the more Instagrammable gelato shops, Come il Latte's walls are lined with old-fashioned milk bottles, the floors are black-and-white tiled, and their flavors are handwritten on a chalkboard menu. They pride themselves on making super fresh gelato daily, and on their ingredient sourcing, which draws from around the world: vanilla from Madagascar, pistachio from Sicily (mixed with ricotta and white chocolate in one flavor and oranges in another), cinnamon from Ceylon (cinnamon cream is counted as a specialty, and there's also a pear sultanas variation), and so on. Don't feel like you have to be adventurous with your flavor choice, though; Come il Latte does the classics right.
Via Barletta, 27, Prati
Dubbed the “secret bakery” of Rome (it's located in the basement floor), this Italian pastry shop serves up some of the city's best sweet and savory goods.
Piazza del Risorgimento 3, Prati
The perfect spot right near the Vatican to grab a panini and coffee or Italian soda. The space exudes a clean, modern feel, and the staff is super friendly and approachable. There's lots of meats and fish, but also plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. The paninis are a meal in themselves, fresh-made withs all the accoutrements atop incredible bread (light and crispy with the slightest chewiness). Given its location, this place is usually packed, but the staff will wrap your goods to go.
Via Roma Libera, 11, Trastevere
Fatamorgana's natural ice creams are made without any artificial coloring, thickeners, or preservatives, resulting in a consistency that is thick, ultra creamy, and slightly fluffy.
Fior di Luna
Via della Lungaretta, 96, Trastevere
The entryway is covered in greenery making it easy to miss if you're strolling by. Although it's tiny, there's a small counter where you can perch for an afternoon respite from walking.
Gelateria Dei Gracchi
Via Dei Gracchi, 272, Prati
Although it’s somewhat removed from Rome’s dense center, this Prati gelateria’s reputation for being one of the best in the city can draw lines (which are never unreasonable). Ultra-fresh ingredients are used to create next-level flavor combinations like green apple and mint, ricotta and pear, and eggnog, rum, and marsala. The classics (think: chocolate and espresso, pistachio) are great here, too.
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