Rome Gelato Tour: Grom

Rome Gelato Tour: Grom

Stop two on E’s great gelato tour: Grom.

Grom feels American because it feels cookie-cutter.  Grom is not a Roman institution, it is a chain and didn’t open its first location in the eternal city until earlier this year.

Grom rotates its flavors monthly, which is less often than most of the smaller shops.  Here are the flavors for August:

After hemming and hawing and complaining that we couldn’t possibly eat more gelato (spoiler: we could), we alternated flavors to maximize the amount we could sample.

The blueberry (mirtillo) was ah-may-zing.  The fig was… strange. You know how foods can have an after-taste? This had an off-putting before-taste. No thanks.

I went for pistachio and crema di Grom, the store’s signature flavor.

Crema di Grom is filled with chocolate chips and cookies. Pretty good.  The pistachio? Notsogreat.

Knowing that we had another stop on the gelato tour, I ditched the pistachio.  And no, it didn’t feel sacrilege to throw away gelato. Grom doesn’t really compare in the grand scheme of things.
Bonus points for the tricycle truck, though.


Natalie is a food and travel writer who has been living in Rome full time since 2010. She is the founder and editor of this blog and prefers all of her days to include coffee, gelato, and wine.


  1. Kelly
    September 14, 2011 / 4:18 pm

    I’ve been to the NYC location and I too wasn’t that impressed. I had the fig at this weekend and it was amazing. Combined it with olive oil. Yum. If you are ever here try theirs.

    • L'americana
      September 15, 2011 / 11:31 am

      Sounds DELISH! I want to go!

  2. September 14, 2011 / 7:03 pm

    So when I’m wandering the streets of Rome in a few weeks time (!) I should wander past Grom and keep searching for something else? (I may however have to see if I can pinch the tricycle truck)

    • L'americana
      September 15, 2011 / 11:30 am

      Well, Grom is generous with servings BUT there are better places nearby. Lemme know if you get away with a truck!

  3. September 15, 2011 / 5:08 am

    Oooh! A gelato tour! May I join you for the next one? 🙂

    • L'americana
      September 15, 2011 / 11:29 am

      Please do! I’m trying to talk E into making this a regular thing. Are you going to Katie Parla’s gelato aperitivo on Saturday??

      • September 16, 2011 / 10:51 am

        I didn’t know about this, thanks for the link! 🙂

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