In a classic setting, Giolitti has been one of Italy’s most beloved creameries, gelato cafes and bakeries since 1890. Giolitti has earned its loyal following of both locals and tourists alike with its outstanding selection of Italian gelatos and decadent pastries. This is a dessert meccah that is a destination in itself in Italy.
Whether you choose to sit in the ornately designed interior dining room or partake in the tradition of Italian afternoons under the sun, service is friendly and sweets are to die for. Tourists who discover this dessert heaven end up returning day after day- it’s that good. Locals- including Roman politicians and celebrities are always here year round. While Giolitti’s outdoor seating area is definitely a place to see and be seen, little can distract from the main attraction here. There is nothing quite like basking in the Roman afternoon warmth with one of Giolitti’s unique sweet creations to make you feel like all is right with the world.
Besides a vast selection of authentic gelatos, luscious desserts and freshly baked pastries, they also have special creations such as Copa Giolitti, a recipe dating back to 1920. This is a decadent treat with chocolate ice cream, chilled zabalione, custard, topped with cream and hazelnut shavings. Those of us who are loyal fans can only hope that Giolitti will be around for at least another century so we can take our kids one day and show them what real ice cream is supposed to taste like.
Via Uffici del Vicario 40, Rome