When I finally decided to make the move to Italy a reality, my philosophy was:
“When life hands you lemons, move to Rome and make lemon gelato.”
I moved to Rome, and I found my lemon gelato- it was at San Crispino all along:
Now listen to me very closely: if you are in Rome, you are going to get gelato at San Crispino. If you get gelato at San Crispino and they have lemon that day, you are going to order lemon. If you order lemon, you will order it from this man. He will give you exactly half a cup of lemon, allocated with a kind of military accuracy. He will not allow you to order a second flavor that does not go with lemon. Pistachio is an acceptable compliment:
As you can see, all the gelato is hidden away in stainless steel buckets. You may not be able to see the flavors, but you can trust that they are all delicious.
San Crispino gelato is made fresh every day, and the flavors depend on the ingredients that can be found. Only the best for San Crispino- so if there are no good amalfi lemons available, there will be no lemon ice cream that day. Yeah, you heard me, amalfi lemon gelato. Have you bought your plane ticket yet?
Oh. But don’t think you’re going to get cones at San Crispino… some business about cones contaminating “real” gelato. Take your cup and savor slowly.
San Crispino Locations in Rome City Center:
Via della Panetteria, 42
(Near Trevi Fountain)
Piazza della Maddalena,3