Ahhhh Italian Gelato… it’s one of the things people dream of having one day in Italy. Yes all over the world you see Gelato shops that say they are Italian and you try them and yeah they are good, but in the back of your mind you wonder… “Hmmm was this really Italian?”. Well I no longer had to worry… yes I had already spent time getting lost in Venice, saw the most beautiful nude man in the world in Florence and even got dirty with the Leaning Tower of Pisa, but I had yet to have gelato in Italy. I don’t know why, but I think I just wanted it to be perfect and I wanted to make sure it was AUTHENTIC ITALIAN GELATO! I guess it’s all Italian since I am there… what a dummy.
I had arrive in Rome on Thanksgiving day and spent it with some great friends. It was tragic at first but ended up being so amazing. I am sure it will go down as one of the most memorable nights of my trip. On the agenda for Rome with the guys was to eat gelato together. They did some research (see a pattern here, when I don’t have to be the one to plan everything I jump at the opportunity to do nothing) and they were able to find where “The Oldest Italian Gelato Factory” was. As we were walking to it we kinda thought we were lost, but then a local saw that we were kinda lost asked us where we were trying to get too when we said “FASSI” she said “Oh it’s just up the street and so good!”. We were so happy to hear that from a local. So we made our way there and walked right in!
I was so excited to finally POP my ITALIAN GELATO CHERRY!!!
It was going to be epic… and well it was.
—In the Christmas spirit already—
So where is Fassi and what is the story behind it? - Fassi is located Via Principe Eugenio, 65, off Piazza Vittorio. Fassi (a.k.a. Il Palazzo del Freddo) first opened in 1880 and claims to be the oldest and largest gelateria in Italy. You can check out more info at the website Palazzo del Freddo Giovani Fassi.
So why was it epic… oh cus fuck this is the best gelato I have had in my life. The 3 of us each got 3 flavors so in the end we had 9 flavors to taste. We ended up having melon, mango, strawberry, pistachio, dark chocolate, amaretto, hazelnut, chocolate hazelnut and praline. Sounds like a huge mix, but seriously each flavor had it’s own perfect taste. So now I would like to know where you have had the best gelato of your life in Italy at home… where? So this is where I popped my Italian gelato cherry… where in Italy did you pop yours (if you have)? I’m about to have dinner, but instead I think I want gelato… To bad I’m not in Italy anymore.