They say life is about enjoying the little things. That is the reason I ordered some small cups of ice-cream and instantly became the happiest person on Earth.
Since I became a vegan a few years ago, I haven’t eaten ice-cream, because the lack of assortment and because I believed ice-cream had milk on it. But gelato, the original ice cream of Italy, is different. Artisans say that the real fruit-flavored ice cream and dark chocolate (fondente) ice-cream doesn’t have to have milk on it.
So as soon as I had the plane tickets, I started looking for the best vegan ice-cream in Rome. I found some places on Tripadvisor, Google,… and decided to visit all of them.
To have an idea, through this trip to Rome, I tried seven different flavors and decided to create a ranking to rate this delicious gelatos.
NOTE: The titles are links to the Google Maps site so you can see where they are and a few photos of the places.
Near the Fontana di Trevi, there is a small place called Gelateria Valentino. When I entered I asked for soy-based gelatos, and he told me he only had a raspberry yogurt one, I was disappointed. But instantly he asked me is I was vegan or lactose-intolerant, then told me that he had vegan options, fruity ones. But a magnificent and delicious-looking mount of dark chocolate ice cream caught my eye. He told me it was fondente, and the best of all, it was VEGAN! Also, it won the Best Flavor of 2015, so I had to taste it!
TIP #1: I ordered a small cup of ice-cream fondette because I didn’t know at first that in Italy you can ask for 2 flavors in a small cup. Keep it in mind guys!
Price ★★★★★ (2.5€)
Near the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, there is this colorful gelateria. Every flavor is handmade and decorated in a delightful way.
I have to thank Sara, my friend who joined me in this adventure, for walking over 3 kilometers just to get some ice cream. Yes, I’m crazy for gelatos, then we walked back the same distance to get her pizza al taglio. Now we are crazily at peace.
I came here twice, the amount of variety of vegan ice creams is, by far, the best I have ever experienced.
The first time, I ordered pistachio and hazelnut. The second time, cappuccino (soy-based) and berries.
The best flavor was by far pistachio, followed by hazelnut and then cappuccino. But I had high hopes for cappuccino, so it didn’t meet my expectations and I ended up slightly disappointed.
Some constructive criticism, the vegan flavors weren’t decorated as much as the other ones with fruits, chocolate, cookies, syrup, or glittery sparkling delights …
But a nice thing about this place is that they have small tables anchored to the wall with chairs so you can spend some little time relaxing and enjoying their delicious gelatos.
TIP #2. Always ask for a cup not a cone, since they aren’t vegan. But here they have a gluten free, vegan cone. Enjoy!
Price ★★★★★ (2€)
We did not know about this gelateria until we walked around piazza Navona and found a huge queue at the door. People seemed to enjoy their ice creams, plus, they were covered in white or dark chocolate, the dark is vegan!
We waited for nearly 20 minutes and finally got there. I was completely disappointed at the little variety they had. Only fruity ones. I ordered mango and lemon. Not the best combination at all, too sweet and too citric. But the cover of chocolate was the best. But the rest leaves much to be desired.
Price ★★★☆☆ (3€)
Conclusion: Go to Il Gelatone to try different uncommon flavors, and to Gelateria Valentino for the best chocolate you will ever come to taste!
TIP #3: You might find that there are already made cornettos that are vegan. But I recommend you to get them at artisan gelatterias now that you have the opportunity.
Let me know what you think in the comments below and send me pictures if you try them!