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Giolitti Rome Reviews

vances vances
575 reviews
Dishing it out..... May 18, 2012
Sampling gelato is standard protocol for Rome, and Giolitti’s reputation as top dog in this arena makes it a must stop. If you’d like to work this into your itinerary, the gelateria is conveniently located just a couple blocks from the Trevi Fountain. Gelato is not on my list since I am sugar-free, but Kim and Eric had ended every evening in Italy with this treat, so it was perfect to stop here during our last night. Once their cups of gelato had been secured and sampled, broad smiles gave away the verdict – both voted Giolitti’s as the best!

The gelateria sits on a small side street just down from the Chamber of Deputies of Italian Parliament (quite near the Pantheon) and well lit at night. Opened in 1890, the original family still owns and operates the café, having refused to sell the name or its secret recipes. This place has a ton of flavors, including several exotic varieties I don’t recall seeing elsewhere (e.g., champagne and riccotta!). The joint was jumping when we arrived, but service is fast and friendly with scrumptious results.

Pastries are also on display and there is a beautiful back room, but we were quickly shooed away when we tried to sit down there, lol (it was entirely empty, as may be seen from the accompanying photo). Definitely a destination for your Italian itinerary!
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vances says:
Perhaps they should rename it "Jumpin' Giolittis" ???

Posted on: Jun 08, 2012
spocklogic says:
It's usually a jumpin' joint and can be a real madhouse on a warm summer day! Having a visit in the evening is sometimes a better call and makes a more pleasant visit.
Posted on: Jun 07, 2012
sarahsan says:
U bet!
Posted on: Jun 05, 2012
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Sarah_Marie Sarah_Ma…
3 reviews
Best Gelato in Rome May 13, 2011
Giolitti is a pretty famous gelato shop near the Pantheon in Rome. It is totally worth its fame! It's reasonably priced (pretty average for gelato shops in Rome) yet the portions they give you are HUGE. Like, way bigger than most gelato shops. And they give you whipped cream on top. Not only that, but the quality is fantastic. Check this place out for sure if you're in Rome near the Pantheon. I found it using Rick Steves' guidebook.
Puiyi Puiyi
2 reviews
Giolitti Ice Cream, Uffici del Vicario Mar 11, 2011
The famous Giolitti ice cream parlour is a must if you're visiting Rome! I tried and tested many ice cream parlour's in rome and Giolitti was by far the best, the ice cream was the perfect amount of sweetness and creamy texture. Located on "Uffici del Vicario", it is easy to find, you'll see people walking down the street with their ice cream so follow where they are heading away from.

None of the ice cream's are listed in english but the staff will happily tell you which flavor is what.
mi1980 mi1980
1 reviews
really nice ice cream Jul 19, 2011
it's a very old place in Rome and you can find here, close the parliament, one of the best ice cream of Rome.

You can find also other kinf of food but not so good as the ice cream and cakes.

The place is not so nice, little bit old fashion but the ice cream is amazing and you can find several flavours.

if you are walking in down town you should try it.
Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Premium ice cream Oct 18, 2010
In a city full of great ice cream places, Giolitti has to be one of the main attractions. The place is very near to the Chamber of the Deputies and once served ice cream to Pope John Paul II on a frequent basis.

There is a wide selection of ice creams, and you are almost spoiled for choice. You can have the ice cream in a cone or cup, and the latter comes in a range of sizes to satisfy the biggest of appetites. I paid EUR 3.50 for a medium cup and got two flavours, which isn't a bad price at all in Italy.

The quality is very good - natural flavours, good consistency and a generous serving.

You pay for your ice cream near the entrance, and then take your receipt towards the back of the store to the ice cream counter. The crowds are heavy at times, so it's best to make your mind up about the flavourings before trying to attract the attention of one of the servers. I was waiting for less than 5 minutes, but the crowds and queues make it feel slightly longer.

Once you've acquired your purchase, head straight out to enjoy it in the relative calmer areas of one of the piazzas nearby.

Seats are available inside and outside the entrance, but there might be a fee for the privilege. The places serves cakes and biscuits too, but the majority of its business seems to involve ice cream.

A great place, and well worth visiting despite the tourist hoards.
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Vipin says:
apparently, the pope used to like the marrons glaces, which is why i chose it! but all of their flavours are amazing, and i'd go there frequently if i lived there!
Posted on: Oct 25, 2010
sarahsan says:
Would be interesting to know which flavor the Pope preferred. I bet it was´t the champagne one! LOL!
Posted on: Oct 25, 2010
Vipin says:
glad to hear it Sarah! i never saw the champagne one, so you have quite an eye. i just had to choose marrons glaces. i wanted to see what the previous pope loved about it - it was very good!
Posted on: Oct 25, 2010

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