It has been a while since I’ve blogged about our last gelato adventures, so I thought that I’d blog about one of the most famous gelateria in Rome, Il Gelato Di San Crispino.
This gelateria was founded by two brothers, Giuseppe and Pasquale Alongi when they were studying in university and discovered a gelateria. Having liked it so much, they decided to create their own gelato. And after much experimentation and years later, opened their gelateria which stands till today.
Entering the gelateria, the place looks clean and almost spartan. Instead of seeing the rows of colourful gelato as how you’d normally see in a gelateria, the gelati are covered by a metal lid so you cant see underneath how it looks like. And the only indication of the flavours are by the labels underneath it.
From the gist of the website, it is not necessary to know how the gelato looks like anyway, because the gelati are made from scratch and there are no preservatives or colourings used whatsoever. Hence the appearance might look muddy or weak as what we normally know them.
You can buy them in cups and here are the prices for the gelati here. 2 euro for a small cup, 2.60 euro for a medium and 3.40 euro for a large cup. Personally, I find the prices a bit high compared to the size of what you get. But I think its worth trying out once in a while. My only qualm is that the lady serving us seems to always be in a bad mood (that was not my first time going there by the way) to the point of throwing the lids roughly.
Notice that there are no cones? You can’t get cones here as the founders believe that cones contain colourings and affect how the taste is like.
And here were our gelati! Aren’t they pretty?
I had the San Crispino and lampone while Cart had the Pistacchio and San Crispino. We both had panna (cream) on top.
Of course as pretty as they were to look at, eating them was even better. The San Crispino flavour is a basic white ice cream with honey but it tastes delicate and lovely and tastes like springtime and I recommend this flavour to anyone who wants to comes here. The pink part, the lampone tasted lovely and fresh and sour, as how real raspberries should taste like.
I like the gelato here because of how light the ice cream tastes. You don’t get that cloying, thick feeling in your throat with this gelato.
Its also nice to know that the gelateria also has flavours according to season, like Mandarin Oranges for Winter and Strawberries for Spring. There are even rumours of a porcini flavoured gelato, although I’m not sure how true that is.
The one that we went to was in Via Acaia 56, but there are also other branches in Rome.
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