It isn't flashy like other gelaterias. In fact, it's tucked into a little side street off the lovely Via dei Coronari, the antique street of Rome--which I just happened to find it quite by accident!
But since Gelateria del Teatro in Rome always appears in the shortlist of "best gelaterias in Rome",
I recognized the name immediately.
The low-key, antique-y looking sign attracted me.
Just outside the entrance is a write up of the place. Probably the result of some company public relations effort. I was eager to get inside and try the ice-cream so I quickly snapped photos of the article so I could read later on.
While I was snapping away at the write up on the wall, who should stroll up next to me at the door?
They identify which of their ice creams have milk and which have none by the colors of the serving spoon. A very thoughtful detail for the lactose-intolerant.
Compared to other places, the ice cream display is also quite simple--in fact, bordering on boring.
This place give that air of artisan-ship, fresh, natural, where ice-cream is made in small batches.
This is usually what other displays look like--overflowing pans. We walked past this gelateria in a touristy area and had to get ice-cream for the kids. Sadly, ice cream was not worth the calories! Not all gelatos are the same.
Back to del Teatro. From where I was sitting, I could see the glass-enclosed kitchen.
I went to take a peek inside.
This lady had just whisked together a few ingredients in a bowl before she stooped down to get something. From what I see--a calculator, a notebook, a few ingredients scattered here and there.
Hey, This kinda looks like my kitchen!
I had Crema and Torta di Limone. Whenever I try a new ice cream place, I like to choose the flavor which looks like the most popular one judging from the almost empty pans.
And these were the half full pans.
(But note that I've also been fooled by this. I've learned after that full untouched pans have sometimes just replaced quickly-finished flavors, making the full pan the most popular flavor.)
They had other goodies in the store too but I didn't try them.
Now I regret not getting a bite of this Gianduia panna cotta with mousse. Wow, look at them!
Coming from a place where a lot of the ice-cream is labelled "frozen dessert" instead of ice-cream,
I can say that Del Teatro's ice cream is definitely exquisite. Before heading out, I got myself another cup of strawberry and white chocolate. This ice cream is worth every calorie.
What a thrilling afternoon for me, and I thought I was just walking down the street to go to a hardware store. But that's another story.