Ciampini, in the Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina, (there is also a second outlet near the Spanish Steps) is more of an all-day café that serves gelato than a specialist gelataria. It does, nonetheless, have a reputation for serving some of the best gelato in Rome, so on my recent trip to the Italian capital, I had to give it a try.
Almost all the seating at Ciampini is outdoors, which, thanks to some unseasonably warm weather in February, was fine, and even allowed for a spot of people-watching in what is one of Rome’s most fashionable squares lined with a host of designer boutiques. Service was abrupt, but tolerable because of the quality of the ice cream. I had the old favourites Hazelnut, Pistachio, and a wildcard – Coconut. The coconut was a mistake, but the other two flavours were great. The pistachio taste did not come through quite as strongly here as it did at Giolitti but the gelato was both creamier and smoother in texture.
In a nutshell…
Excellent gelato. The rest of the menu is said to be good too.
Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina, 29 - 00186, Roma
+39 06 6876606
Average price: €7 (for ice cream)