If you are known for having a sweet tooth, then you have come to the right place, as we have compiled a list of the best gelato flavors in Italy. When traveling to Italy you might immediately think pizza and pasta, but you can’t forget about the gelato! We want to make sure you have the best gelato experience when traveling throughout Italy so we have come up with ten of our favorite gelato flavors.
A go-to flavor is the famous stracciatella. A classic that some say is similar to an American version of chocolate chip ice cream. Stracciatella can only be described as vanilla ice cream on “steroids,” mixed with hardened drizzles of chocolate. This makes the gelato light and delicate, and the perfect flavor if you don’t want anything too heavy. Stracciatella can be found in almost every gelateria throughout Italy.
A very unique flavor and one of our favorites is biscotti. It’s made with biscotti cookies blended with a hazelnut swirl and a hint of cinnamon. The cookies and chocolate pieces add a bit of crunch making for the perfect mix of smooth and crunchy. Many places offer the biscotti flavor, but we recommend Gelateria del Viale, which is located in Trastevere, a beautiful part of Rome.
3. Dark Chocolate
Calling all chocolate lovers! Dark chocolate is another delicious flavor that is known to be THE best at Gelateria del Viale. You might also recognize the name as cioccolato fondente in Italian. If you love everything chocolate (like we do) then you will be in heaven… it tastes exactly like a delicious dark chocolate gooey brownie but in the form of gelato. What more could you ask for? For an added kick, we love mixing chocolate and strawberry. Yes, it tastes like a chocolate covered strawberry… yum!
4. Panna Cotta
Are you headed to Florence and wondering where to get the best gelato? Santa Trinita is a gelateria located in Florence that offers unique flavors that you can’t find everywhere else. We recommend the pannacotta. It has a creamy caramel flavor, with the perfect amount of sweetness. With that being said, if you aren’t a caramel person, don’t fret, they have a plethora of amazing flavors to choose from.
5. Strawberry Cheesecake
If you love strawberry cheesecake, then this is the flavor for you. There is nothing better than having your favorite cake in the form of gelato. There is so much flavor swirled into this delicious dessert. If you are looking for something that is rich and creamy, that also has a refreshing strawberry taste, this is the flavor for you. Head over to Portofino near the Vatican if you want the best of the best. Don’t forget to ask for “Panna” if you are a whipped cream lover.
Yes, you read that right, Pistachio is a gelato flavor that ranks high on many people’s lists. You would expect it to taste just like a pistachio, but that’s not the case. It is very sweet with just a hint of pistachio. This is a traditional Italian gelato flavor and it can be found at every gelateria in Italy.
7. Wild Strawberry
On a hot day in Italy, there’s only one thing that can help you cool down…Gelato! The fruit flavored gelatos are somewhat underrated, but they are the most refreshing treat. Wild strawberry will make your mouth water as it is so light and delicious (in fact we are currently drooling as we type this). When the strawberries are in season (in the summer months), the gelato is so fresh and decadent. If you are willing to wait for the best wild strawberry (or any gelato flavor), stop by Giolitti in Rome. There is constantly a line, but it is well worth the wait. You can also brag to your friends that you ate gelato “with” John Travolta, Owen Wilson, Cameron Diaz, and many other celebrities.
8. Salted Caramel
Salted caramel when done right is the greatest flavor of all time. Venchi, which can be found all over Italy, has perfected their salted caramel flavor. It is the perfect amount of sweet and creamy. Venchi, of course, has many other flavors, but this is one of our favorites. They also feature a chocolate wall for an added bonus.
9. Chocolate Dipped Gelato
There is a special place in Rome that sells gelato a little differently than most Italian Gelateria. At La Gelateria Frigidarium, not only is the gelato amazing, but you can get your gelato dipped in chocolate. The chocolate hardens over the gelato and it is the best addition to your dessert. The shell of chocolate gives a little crunch when biting into the smooth gelato, it is so delicious!
A must try is the lemon gelato in the South of Italy. On the Amalfi Coast, they are known for their limoncello, as it originated here, so you can imagine how delicious the lemon gelato would be. The lemons here are very sweet, making the gelato very refreshing with the perfect amount of sweet and tangy. You can enjoy a scooped out lemon, filled with lemon gelato while relaxing on a boat in the hot sun.