The Great Ice Cream Debate - Is Palazzo del Freddo the best in Rome?
Many Italians would gladly fight to the death over the honour of their favourite gelataria, and as an adopted Italian I feel it my sacred duty throw my hat into the ring on the behalf of Palazzo del Freddo, also known as Fassi.
So what gives Palazzo del Freddo the edge over the numerous high-class contenders the city has to offer? Is it the curious decor and mish-mash clientele that makes it look slightly like a train station? Perhaps not. Is it the wonderous array of flavours available? Well, there are other places, particularly around the Pantheon, that pride themselves on their unusual concoctions, and indeed offer a wider selection.
Palazzo del Freddo has two tricks up its sleeve - firstly the quality of the ice cream. After all, this is what makes the difference between great gelato and mind blowing gelato. I have composed sonnets to ice-cream eaten there before now...Secondly, the quality and quantity of the cream that they offer. There are no words to describe its luscious texture. Palazzo del Freddo is also unique in Rome (at least to the best of my knowledge) is willingly providing "doppia panna" or "double cream" ie. putting cream at the bottom of your cone as well as on top, and at no extra charge.
Palazzo del Freddo tends not to be swarmed wuth tourists either, being slightly off the beaten track on Via Principe Eugenio. It's a 15 minute walk from Termini Station or a 5 minute tram ride - either way it's definitely worth your while. [more]
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