“I’m going to buy new pillows,” I shouted to Jimmy.
“Ok… how long will you be?” he asked.
“An hour and a half,” I replied. Because really, it was not just about the pillows. I was going to finally trek out to Otaleg.
Up past Trastevere, and beyond Monteverde, when you hang a right at the supermarket, but just before the discount makeup chain, is the best gelato in Rome.
Otaleg is the gelato mecca created by Marco Radicioni. Outside of Rome’s city center, the gelateria is in an unassuming neighborhood but attracts plenty of attention.
Pedestrians pause to peer into the window where Marco can often be seen creating flavors on a vintage machine to limit the amount of air incorporated into the gelato.
Otaleg has a maximum of 60 flavors at any given time.
I chose mascarpone with basil and lemon, cassata (ricotta with candied fruit) and mango chocolate chip (because I cannot resist mango).
They are basically all perfect flavor explosions.
I am not going to lie – Otaleg is way the hell out there. If you are visiting, you are going to have to be a bit dedicated to make it to the neighborhood. Think tram, then bus.
However, you will not be disappointed. Otaleg makes fantastic gelato, and my gelato map of the best gelato in Rome has been updated accordingly.
Viale dei Colli Portuensi, 594,
00151 Roma, Italy
Open: May to October from 12 pm to midnight; winter hours are 12 pm to 9 pm.
There is now a location in Trastevere.