Giolitti

One of Rome’s oldest gelato shops, this family owned pastry / dessert shop was opened in 1890. It is well known for its gelato and you can find crowds standing outside in the warmer months.

Entrance to Giolitti.

Entrance to Giolitti.

“Branded” espresso machine in Giolitti.

“Branded” espresso machine in Giolitti.

Visiting this establishment is as much as about the experience as the dessert itself. The flavors are standard and will not be out of the box, but the gelato is a solid contender and will be delicious. Make sure to ask for the crema on top - homemade whipped cream with a thick, rich consistency. Utterly divine.

Giolliti bar

Giolliti bar

You must pay first. Do not wait in the line for the gelato and then get to the part where you order your flavor and they ask to see your ticket! Go to the line that forms behind the cash register (cash register is right next to the entrance). Take the ticket and then wait in the line for the gelato flavors. Once you get to the place where you can choose your favor under the glass case, do not expect it to be fair. You will be competing with a hoard of other people to get the attention of the gelato clerk (this was my experience in May, we went back in the dead of winter and it was much more peaceful).

Of note, they do sell interesting desserts which I would love to try next time I visit.

Contact:

Giolitti
Via degli Uffici del Vicario, 40, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Open every day; 7am - 1.30am (late night snack time!)
Website

Giolitti: Conveniently located in the center of Rome.

Giolitti: Conveniently located in the center of Rome.

The setting is what you would expect from a traditional Italian dessert shop. Busy and hectic with classic decorations. There are a few tables outside as well as an inside eating space with chairs and tables. Why do you see so many people standing outside to eat then? The reason is that there is a service charge which dramatically increases the price of your gelato. So avoid the charge and eating standing up…

Giolliti: Victorious! Make sure to say yes when ask if you want crema on top.

Giolliti: Victorious! Make sure to say yes when ask if you want crema on top.

 

Recommendation: If you are in the neighborhood. (4/5)