Saturday, December 19, 2009

Highlight #267: We ate Rome (Part II)

I knew just the thing to break up all the walking in Rome and sweeten the hours between lunch and dinner. We ate lots of gelato.

First, we went to Giolitti. This cheerfully crowded old store not far from the pantheon is brightly lite and hard to miss.

The massive selection is definitely a nightmare for the indecisive. Especially when there is a line of folks starring at the back of your head. Fortunately, we are not the indecisive sort. My standby pistachio and hazelnut were super awesome. Extremely creamy, this style is by far my favorite guilty pleasure in Rome.

That is not to say that I don't want to visit a gelateria of an entirely different style also. Il Gelato di San Crispino near the Trevi fountain is the polar opposite of Giolitti. While Giolitti is warm, messy, and crowded, the well-hidden San Crispino is quite, sterile, and lab-like. All of the gelato are shielded from view under shinning silver covers.

The pistachio here is much cleaner in flavor, but in turn, lacks a bit of oomph. The famous honey flavor, however, is absolutely stellar. All of the floral and nutty notes in the natural honey showed through. Definitely a must try.

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