On my last visit to Rome in 2010, I was already hunting down the famed gelateria ever since I read the book, and got prodded by friends to try the gelato there. Apparently, amidst a myriad of gelaterias in Roma, this was THE best one. But alas, when I visited on that Sunday, the storefront was CLOSED. sigh.
It’s not very difficult to find since it’s on an offstreet towards the Fontana di Trevi. The sign, nondescript. Not even the word Gelateria is visible from the exterior.
But when I came nearer towards the entrance, all the accolades from culinary and travel experts seem to agree with Liz Gilbert and my gelato crazed friends
The interesting thing about San Crispino is that, it definitely does not attempt to wow you with visuals. The assortment of gelato flavors are all kept under wraps sealed and with aluminum enclosure. This is to keep the freshness intact as well as to allow you to imagine just how delicious it is when you open it. This is not your candy store of a gelateria, that’s for sure.
Choose your cup size. Definitely more expensive than others, but it’s because they use only natural and fresh ingredients. They also don’t go crazy on the concoctions, allowing the ingredients to speak for themselves.
Honey and Valrhona Chocolate Gelato
First of all, the Valrhona chocolate was creamy and decadent. Not too sweet which allowed the mellow tones of cocoa to really shine through. But the Miele, ahh, was like pure honey in my mouth. The sweet lightness of the honey was like champagne in my mouth, lingering on my palate and waiting for the next spoonful. This was, definitely, the best gelato flavor I have had.
It was so good, I had to find a spot to just stand back, enjoy my gelato, and enjoy the fact that I was practicing the famed Italian art of il dolce far niente, the sweetness of doing nothing. Now that Roomie is here, I’m taking here there right now!
Via della Panetteria, 42
00187 Rome, Italy
06 679 3924