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Rome, Italy: The Scalini

02 June 2010

Everyone knows I had an unimaginable amount of gelato in Italy, but the best gelatos (or gelati) are beyond a shadow of a doubt to be found in the city of Florence. That said, some of you gelato fanatics may have heard of Rome's famed Tartufo, which is really delicious chocolate truffle gelato coated in bittersweet chocolate. Sounds awesomely heavenly, doesn't it? :)

The Scalini is a restaurant along Piazza Navona that claims to sell the "original Italian Tartufo ice-cream" and this unassuming-looking sweet treat is especially popular with locals and tourists alike. And if you doubt the Tartufo can create a lasting impression on you, think again - the travel buddy, not a big fan of chocolates mind you, actually remembered he had this (and thoroughly enjoyed it) fifteen years ago. It was him who directed us straight to The Scalini once we stepped foot into the Piazza.


I thought the whipped cream was unnecessary, but that's how the Italians are with their gelatos as they would always ask you if you would like yours with some cream. Still, underneath that... messy foam... is pure chocolate goodness. Chocolate truffle gelato, dark chocolate coating and milk chocolate under-layer: fantastic.

Of course, the chocolate lover loved it :)


The Scalini, Piazza Navona,
Rome, Italy.

Pictures taken with the Canon EOS 500D and Sony Alpha-300.

9 Foodie Comments:

HungryTrotters said...

Harris!!! Sniff sniff...I want that Tartufo too! *sigh* Why do you have to post this? hahaha just kidding...i'll just grab a chocolate in the fridge for now to ease up my temptation.

June 2, 2010 at 10:30 PM
Xinli said...

finally! the gelato makes its entry! and a gorgeous one too.

June 2, 2010 at 10:39 PM
Stargirl said...

i just sampled tom's palette chocolate sorbetto today and it was deliciously intense. it'll be available for a month starting from this friday, go try!

June 2, 2010 at 10:52 PM
Anonymous said...

the tartufo looks as cute as it sounds!
yeah i say do away with the whipped cream! haha :P

June 2, 2010 at 11:16 PM
Daniel said...

Lolx, somehow it resembles an open-top burger!

June 3, 2010 at 12:20 AM
*Harris said...

Hungrytrotters: Glad to give you a choc craving haha! You are giving me steak cravings mind you!

Xinli: Gorgeous minus the whipped!

Stargirl: I wonder what's a sorbetto? A sorbet trying to act like a gelato??

Foodoshoot: Cute yes, but for 5eu I do wish it could be a tad bigger...!

Daniel: Beef patty with some cream on top? HAHA.

June 3, 2010 at 11:46 PM
Stargirl said...

sorbetto is the italian version of sorbet. it's more intense cos it has less water (:

June 4, 2010 at 10:09 AM
Angeline said...

ahh..i nv try Tartufo when I'm at Italy....

June 5, 2010 at 11:15 AM
*Harris said...

stargirl: hmm, in italy they referred to their sorbet as... sorbet! haha!

angeline: a reason to return ;)

June 5, 2010 at 2:06 PM

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