Sunday, March 29, 2009

Eating My Way through Rome: Gelato!

Apologies for not participating in the Daring Baker's challenge this month (lasagne verdi al forno with homemade pasta!). But, I hope to make up for it in pictures from Rome!

I first read about Il Gelato di San Crispino in Eat, Pray, Love and was intrigued. Then a friend of mine told me that eating at that gelateria was "one of the top five sensual experiences of my life." This I had to try. It is located about a block away from the Trevi Fountain.

Trevi Fountain at twilight. If you throw a coin in,
it means you'll be coming back to Rome. I gladly threw one in.

Il Gelato di San Crispino is a very spare space, all glass counters and chrome pots.
The servers behind the counter almost look like lab workers.

This one is half pistachio and half zabaglione. Delizioso! San Crispino's has a very purist
approach to gelato - only fresh, natural flavors, reducing things to their essences.

This one was truly amazing: chocolate chip, except the most chocolate-y ice-cream I've tasted.
I wouldn't say that this was one of the most sensual experiences of my life,
but it was certainly beautiful gelato.

This was closer to the Termini Station, the Palazzo del Freddo, established in 1880,
by Giovanni Fassi. It offers a myriad choices, all very creamy and lovely.

These are sweets offered alongside the gelato - the little pink and green
confections are made to look like the stones lining ancient streets.


Jayfer said... mouth is watering. Yeah, after reading Eat, Pray, Love, I was tempted to take 3 months off and eat my way through Italy as well :-)

-- jenn

Marianevans said...

Yes, I must go back and eat some more!

Marian said...

Oh, dear God. I must see this place. SOON. The pictures are haunting me! (Though to be honest, I never got that far in Eat Pray Love. All books like that make me want to do is put it down and go do the thing for myself).