Best Gelato in Rome: Cremeria Monteforte

We didn’t try every gelato place in Rome, but we came close.

Most were perfectly fine, but no different from the decent places in Vancouver. We tried guide-book mentions, serendipitous finds, personal recommendations. All were…fine.

Until we found Cremeria Monteforte, across the street from the Pantheon. It’s a serious cut above. The flavors all tasted fresh. Really fresh. Noticeably fresher than all the other places. We ate there six times over two days, and every time it was fantastic.

I particularly enjoyed this heavenly creation:

A layer of panna, a layer of espresso granita, then one more layer of panna.

And you know what? The owner, a fellow in his fifties who works the register, was kind. Stand-out kind. He didn’t roll his eyes when Scout took 20 minutes and six samples to finalize her order. He let Scout get flavors that were reserved for other uses. He served us anyway when we realized we’d forgotten out wallets. He always wore a smile. Rome is a special place, but in July when the heat beats down and the crowds descend, most people—both tourists and inhabitants—find it difficult to be their best selves.

Go there. Eat there. All flavors are excellent. We should know, I think between the three of us we did actually try them all.

Cremeria Monteforte

Via della Rotonda 22

Rome

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1 elaine August 2, 2011 at 6:08 pm

ok now we’re talking!!!! gelato gelato gelato goodness. that espresso granita & panna looks HEAVENLY! i wish you could pack one up for me. lol.

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2 Renee August 3, 2011 at 3:52 pm

OMG, that granita was to die for. The espresso was SUPER strong, but once you mixed it with the panna….perfection!

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3 Keith Ippel August 3, 2011 at 5:30 am

I just tweeted Cremeria Monteforte. I love stories of great service and unexpected and wonderful surprises. We’re so glad you guys are having a great trip thus far. Your roadschooling is an inspiration to us all!

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4 Renee August 3, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Cheers, Keith. Yes, it’s this kind of unexpected surprise that creates memories. I will definitely come back to Rome one day, and hopefully CM will still be there. I’ll have to get a hotel nearby. 😉

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5 Bryan Haines September 19, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Great post – I love the b&w shot of the shop. Now I just need to get to Rome…

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6 Renee September 19, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Thanks! If you do get to Rome, don’t miss it. Genuinely head and shoulders above other places.

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