Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Al Settimo Gelo Gelateria in Prati goes to the top of my gelato list

I've been meaning to check out this place. Recently Katie Parla wrote about it.

One sunny afternoon I decided to treat myself after waking up at 5:00 a.m. to work. I read some article online that said Al Settimo is near the Vatican. It's not. It's in the Prati area but it's north of Piazza Mazzini. It's a good 30 to 40 minute walk from the Vatican.

This place is not close to my house at all. I don't care. I will be back.

The sour cherry sorbetto brought tears to my eyes. Seriously. I will take the slow ass 280 bus or walk an hour from my house to have it again.

This artisanal shop is known for it's interesting flavors, like Greek gelato with cardamom. The lemon sorbetto took me back to the Amalfi coast...so refreshing on a hot summer day.

It's a small local place on a side street. It was busy when I went and there wasn't a single tourist in the joint. If you are staying near that side of town, it's well worth a visit. Just brush up on some basic Italian. I don't think there's a lot of English spoken there.

Closed on Mondays.

Al Settimo Gelo
Via Vodice 21/A (corner of Via Oslavia)


erin :: the olive notes said...

oh no...does this mean I need to come back?? we made sure to go to your previous #1 place and LOVED it. I can't imagine what this one is like :) sour cherry? really?! I don't even normally go for the fruit flavors but this sounds amazing.

...well if you end up moving to Prati, watch out!!

Saretta said...

cute play on words in the name there!

Katie Parla said...

i am so glad you made it. it is a shlep from my place too but worth it. also it is near-ish to fata morgana on via bettolo so i can hit both places on the same trip. i highly recommend this approach.

This Time Now said...

Thanks for these images right after I've come home the gym. Alas, I don't live in Italy...YET.

Miss Arlene, may I write you an email concerning questions I have about Italy?

my email is felicia369ny@yahoo.com

Thank you

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

erin - Yes you do!!

saretta - ha. Thanks. It wasn't even intentional.

katie - It was soooo delicious. I haven't been to fata morgana yet. It's on my list.

felicia - sure, check your email.

Michelle | Bleeding Espresso said...

On the bright side, you'll burn off a lot of those calories just going there and back...although these calories sound so worth it anyway ;)

romerican said...

YES, I love that place. Well worth the hella long bus ride :)

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

Michelle - very good point.

romerican - I've been thinking about their sour cherry sorbetto all week. It's a problem!

Ms. Wooden Shoes said...

I was in Rome last week. Wish I'd known about this place. I'm looking for a new place since, IMO, San Crispino isn't what it used to be. I'll have to put Al Settimo on my list for next time.

glamah16 said...

I cant wait for my trip to Rome in Sept. One of the first items on my list will gelato.

moscerina said...

I have to try this cherry!!!! this is around the corner from my cousin's house. Once had a delicious hibiscus gelato. ..

what do you think about nearby Gracchi?

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

glamah16 - there are so many great places to chose from!

moscerina - I have heard of Gracchi and of Fata Morgana but haven't checked them out yet. I didn't know until recently that Prati was such a hot spot for kick butt gelato.

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

ms. wooden shoes - I agree with you. Lately I've been disappointed with the gelato at San Crispino. Not sure what is going on.

Anonymous said...

Ciao!well I moved to Rome in 2008 too, by similar reasons but from Moscow - city*)) I also write bout gelato-staff and other insiders guidelines in my russian-language blog, I would be happy to exchange info!))have u tried ice cream in Gelateria a via Dei Gracchi??always Prati. "mela e canella" is a masterpiece there!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

vini - I have heard of Gracchi, haven't been

Mela & Canella sounds amazing and that is one of my favorite flavor combos. Thanks for the tip.