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Established by Torinese cousins, Moriondo and Gariglio, from Turin in 1850, Moriondo & Gariglio brings the chocolate-making traditions of the Piedmont region to the capital. This shop sells an impressive quantity of chocolates, pralines, fruit jellies and delicious almond crunch, all made from original recipes according to old Piedmontese traditions. Do not forget to try out their bonbons, when visiting this place. The packaged chocolates are a work of art in themselves., which make perfect gifts for your loved one.
A glimpse into Cristalli di Zucchero will make you feel like you are in a child's room that is adorned with every color possible. Brightly colored macaroons, and brownies in shades of brown decorate the shelves quite beautifully. The aroma of freshly baked cookies and cakes will keep you drooling till you get your hands on one of these delights. Savor the soft-as-butter goodness of a cupcake, or the silky smooth chocolates, in various flavors. The rates are a little high, but its totally worth it.
For some of the best gelato in Rome, Alberto Pica is a must-visit. This famous gelateria in the center of the city is where, besides the traditional cream or fruit flavors, the owner presents specialties of his own invention, such as Pastiera (rice pudding with cinnamon or wild strawberries) and Amalfi lemon. You can enjoy your frozen dessert and people-watch simultaneously at the tables outside.
Established in 1900, this ice cream parlor is popular with politicians who drop by on their way to and from nearby Montecitorio Palace. This traditional café has a relaxed surrounding and is also the ideal spot from to watch the world go by while sipping on a deliciously frothy coffee. Snacks, sandwiches and hot dishes are on the menu, but best of all is the café's mouth-watering range of gelatos. Its tastefully decorated tearoom is a favorite refuge in winter.
Gelateria Della Palma is a modern gelateria and is a firm favorite with the crowds of tourists who flock to the capital. There is an excellent choice of gelatos with many cream and fruit flavors. You can also get coffee and pralines here. Nestled in the heart of the city, take a gelato break, before you resume your tour around the city. As with many Roman gelato parlors, there are open-air tables adjoining the cafe, so you can sit down and enjoy a real pausa.
This historic café in Piazza Navona has been open since the early 19th Century. Initially, it operated as a guesthouse and then as a restaurant & bar. It reached the peak of its success in 1946, thanks to a truffle-inspired confection which was invented by its manager, the secret recipe of which has been handed down ever since. The specialty is the tartufo (truffle) but there is also an array of coffee variations, all of excellent quality. There are many tables outside which are always filled with tourists or businessmen.
Apart from all the pasta and the pizza, Rome is all about fascinating desserts. One such location which is a delight to anyone with a sweet tooth is the La Strega Nocciola. You can come here to try out some unusual ice creams. The street side parlor is all about some extraordinary flavors that will surely tantalize your taste buds. Do try the dark chocolate, the spicy flavor and some cheesecake flavors among others. Their signature, the straccitella is a must try for all and you will definitely fall in love.
A frigidarium is a Roman bath or an enormous pool filled with cold water. Relishing ice creams and gelatos at Gelateria Frigidarium is akin to dipping into a cold pool and its chilled desserts are especially popular during warm summer days. Here, patrons can watch the staff as they prepare gelatos using natural fruits. The ice creams are available in usual flavors like mint, black cherry, pistachio, dark chocolate, banana and vanilla as well as unusual varieties such as stracciatella and spagnola. The gelatos sport bright hues with various types of garnish, however no artificial coloring is used, and there is even a vegan option. One can also relish other desserts like zabaglione, waffles and tiramisu.
On the cusp of Piazza della Repubblica you will find this Sicilian gem, an idiosyncratic bakery whose clientele is spread far outside the Eternal City. A mid-century ambiance, to-die-for Sicilian treats and a dose of piano symphonies - all rolled in one venue in the heart of the romantic city. Go for the cassata, cannoli, cornetto, gelato, arancini or just a warm cuppa on a lazy afternoon. And they will gladly wrap the goodies in cute little boxes for you to take home. Definitely a must visit between all the sightseeing.
Near the Colosseum and just across the street from the beautiful Basilica of San Clemente, Ciuri Ciuri is an ice cream parlor selling Sicilian specialties: fancy cakes, "cannoli", "granita" and ice creams. The almond granita is made exactly as the one you can find in Sicily: a thick, frozen mixture of seasonal fruits or flavors, ice crystals and sugar. They offer different flavors, such as almond, lemon, coffee and more. You can have it either with the traditional brioche or in a paper cup. They also have cannoli filled with fresh ricotta cheese, homemade ice creams, and a great number of small cakes made with the classical ingredients of Sicilian pastry: almonds, pistachios, and candied fruits. A great choice of snacks also available for those who have a salty tooth.
This café entices visitors with an amazing view over Rome. A typical café, it only has an outdoor seating and offers a great variety of things to eat. The lovely garden set with a large number of tables appears like a natural terrace and offers one of the best views over the city, especially on a sunny day. This is an ideal place for enjoying gelato or some of the small cakes made on the premises. Snacks are also available. So whether its to come here with your favorite gang and hang out or to chill and read a book, this place is relaxing for any moods, Call ahead for more information.
Hedera, is one of the most renowned places in the city for fantastic ice cream. The parlor boasts of some awesome flavors and the gelato here is out of the world of which their truffle and La Brioche flavors are highly recommended specials. A number of creamy and fruit based ice creams are also available here.The cozy restaurant with its pretty lamps and displays of sweet treats is a nice stop on a date or an outing with the family.