Fassi Gelateria in Rome

inside Fassi gelato where people eat ice cream at tables

When it comes to gelato in Rome – I fall solidly into the modern camp. I am completely enamored with the contemporary makers who treat gelato like an art.

That being said, there are some old school masters that absolutely know a thing or two about frozen treats. One of the most iconic is Fassi.gelato in a case at Fassi in Rome

The gelato shop in the Esquilino neighborhood has stood here for well over a century. It is not just some tiny shop – it is a palazzo emblazoned with Palazzo del Freddo. The frozen palace. 

This is the only gelateria I know of in Rome with such a massive seating area. It recalls an old school ice cream parlor – filled with families treating themselves to frozen delicacies. Which, if you think about it, is kind of perfect for having a few scoops when the weather turns chillier outside.

inside Fassi gelato where people eat ice cream at tables

Of course, there is gelato made every day, but there are also other goodies that you won’t find in any other gelateria.

gelato menu Fassi

The specialty here is the sanpietrini – which is what cobblestones are called in Rome. These are little nuggets of gelato covered in chocolate and perfect for popping one after another.

sanpietrini cobblestone gelato

Of course, there are also ice cream sandwiches. However, this being Italy, they are tramezzini rather than sandwiches.

ice cream sandwiches in Rome

Not only is Fassi one of the most traditional gelateria still operating in Rome, but it is also one of the oldest. The gelato shop first opened in 1880 and is gearing up to celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2020.

If you stop in for ice cream, you can also peruse their display of historic gelato-making equipment and the small exhibit on the Fassi gelateria over the many years that it has been serving Romans of all ages.

history of Fassi gelato

Palazzo del Freddo Giovanni Fassi

Via Principe Eugenio, 65
Rome, Italy (Esquilino)

Open every day from 12 pm to midnight, opening slightly earlier at 10 am on Saturday and Sunday for a special weekend treat.

7 thoughts on “Fassi Gelateria in Rome

  1. Chris says:

    You clearly are a martyr for the cause Natalie – selflessly popping those sanpietrini one after another – all for the edification and education of us!
    Seriously that place looks awesome and I’ve learned new things about a shared passion of Gelato. Sounds like you too were ‘Born to Gelato’.
    Next visit to Rome we will definitely pay a visit to Fassi.

  2. Livia says:

    The ice cream tramezzini and sanpietrini are so cute, they look like doll food! I haven’t been to Fassi for years (maybe 6?!) but now I’m interested in going back..

  3. Dan Z says:

    My wife and I and our 2 daughters (ages 10, 17) are traveling to Rome in April.
    Thank you for your blog giving us all of these wonderful ideas.
    This sounds like a “can’t miss.”
    Thank you

  4. Daniel Coll says:

    We are cousins. My mother was Rose Fassi, her father was Joe Fassi and his father was Paulo Fassi. Paul came to the U.S. in about 1898. If you want to learn more, email me.

  5. daniel coll says:

    I’m glad to see that you published my email from 2-3-2023. You have some cousins that will be newly married, arriving in Rome in late September of this year. Did you receive the photo of my son Anthony Coll? He looks like a twin brother of the owner of Fassi’s Gelato. You also have a cousin that is in the food business in St Louis Missouri. Google Joe Fassi Deli.

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