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Il Gelato Fantasia

7 Sep

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Which will forever be known in my book as “the first gelateria I’ve ever encountered that makes sambuca gelato.” As in: OH. MY. GOD.

Those of you who know me well know that sambuca and I have a close, personal relationship. Sambuca has gotten me through this summer, through thick and thin, for better or for worse. Therefore, when a friend of mine introduced me to Fantasia, and magically my eyes fell on this label, it was love at first sight:

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Ricotta, sambuca and caffè?! Are you kidding me? Sold.

I added my favorite standby, gelato with cookies, and I was good to go. But people, let me tell you how I wanted to try this one:

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Toasted sunflower seeds and chocolate? For reals?

Or wait, wait! What about this one:

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Salted peanuts! Never in my life have I seen such a sight in an Italian gelateria! I love these people!

But wait, there’s more!

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Rice, sesame and chestnut honey. Can you even imagine?

I have so much work to do here, it’s not even funny. I asked for the “small cone” (which, by the way, at €1.80 I believe is currently the cheapest small cone I have seen in Rome thus far) and let me tell you, I was majorly regretting it. This was the first time I’ve ever had a second thought and almost went back for another cone after I finished. No, I am not kidding. It’s THAT good.

Holy crap man, you wouldn’t think it. It’s just sitting there, all humble-like, and yet, yet… sigh… love…

People I am not joking around here. Next time you’re on the metro B line, you get off at Circo Massimo, take a few steps and get yourself a cone from here. You will be regretting it too if you only get the small one.

(Oh, by the way? Fresh fruit smoothies for when you get tired of all the trillion awesome flavors…)

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Il Gelato Fantasia
Viale Aventino 59

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Che da adesso in poi si chiamerà “la prima gelateria che io abbia mai visto che fa gelato alla sambuca e perciò sarà profondissimamente amata da me per sempre e poi sempre.” Anche se forse quel nome è un po’ lungo per l’insegna quindi lasciamoli chiamare Fantasia. O, se preferite, O. DIO. MIO. (Aggiungendo “ancora! sì!” se volete)

Chi mi conosce sa che ho un rapporto molto stretto con la sambuca. Sambuca, o santa sambuca mia, quanto ti voglio bene. Quindi, quando un’amica mia mi ha presentato la gelateria Fantasia oggi, ed i miei occhi per puro caso (destino?) si sono lanciati subito su quest’etichetta, allora ragazzi ho capito la vera definizione di “colpo di fulmine”:

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Ricotta, sambuca and caffè?! Ma stammo a scherzà? Venduto!

Aggiunto il mio classico storico, qualsiasi gelato con i biscotti, e allora siamo a posto. Ma ragazzi, posso dirvi quanto volevo anche provare questo gusto?

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Semi di girasole tostate con cioccolato. Mmmmm….

No, aspettate! In realtà volevo provare anche questo:

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ARACHIDI SALATE! Sì avete letto bene. Tiè, tutti voi che disprezzate l’onorevole arachido, ingrediente principale della prelibatezza di “burro di arachidi.” Sospiro…

E come se non bastasse già:

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Ragazzi, c’è così tanto lavoro da fa qui, non so nemmeno dove iniziare. Pensate poi che ho chiesto un cono piccolo (che, fra l’altro, costa solo €1,80, che secondo me è il cono piccolo meno costoso della capitale a questo punto), e vi dico che mi sono resa conto subito del mio errore. La prima volta in vita mia che stavo contemplando di rientrare e ordinare ancora un altro cono. No, non sto scherzando: è buono sì.

E poi per l’amor di Dio, chi avrebbe mai detto? Sta lì, tutto umile, come se non fosse una delle gelaterie migliori della capitale. E poi, poi… sospiro… amore.

Ragazzi, la prossima volta che vi capita di stare sulla metro B, scendete pure a Circo Massimo e fatevi il favore di prendere un gelato qui. Ma non il cono piccolo, mi raccomando.

(Poi, se vi stancate dei loro duemila gusti sfiziati, allora ci sono pure i frullati di frutta…)

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Il Gelato Fantasia
Viale Aventino 56

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16 Responses to “Il Gelato Fantasia”

  1. Lori September 7, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

    Did I spot “crema e nutella?” I’m on my way…

  2. rosann September 7, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

    Okay, I’m sold. I’m hitting that place tomorrow. I was going to Frigidarium, but I’ve just changed my mine. Yum.

  3. LC September 7, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

    I am totally In awe, I have not come across such amAzing flavours…
    In Venice (I am there a lot but live mostly in the Uk) we have great ice cream
    of course, but the least expensive palino is usually around 1.30 ish

    Golly, I can’t imagine Rome being more expensive but Heck ! for that seductive
    smorgasboard of temptation it has to be worth it… I will try to locate it and make
    a special trip, thank you for your completely brilliant posts, they cheer me up
    Lulu

  4. Un'americana a Roma September 8, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    You did indeed! That one is on my list, too… love…

  5. Un'americana a Roma September 8, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    You have to hit both of them. Frigidarium is sooo good…

  6. Un'americana a Roma September 8, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    Thank you for your kind words! If you ever make it to Rome you can click on my “Gelato Tour” link and have a ton of gelato shops to choose from.

  7. rosann September 8, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

    Okay, I can report that it IS amazing gelato. (And I do love Frigidarium). I had Torta di Ricotta and Sesame Pistacchio. I kept tasting each one trying to decide which one I liked the best. I think Sesame Pistacchio won by a nose, but I may have to head back there to check it again just to be sure.

  8. nyc/caribbean ragazza September 8, 2011 at 6:37 pm #

    Looks amazing. I have to check it.

  9. nyc/caribbean ragazza September 8, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

    …out.

  10. Un'americana a Roma September 9, 2011 at 10:56 pm #

    Yum! Good for you!

  11. Un'americana a Roma September 9, 2011 at 10:57 pm #

    I liked just “I have to check it.” Kind of like “SHUT IT DOWN NOW!!” Wuv you Ar-lay-nay…

  12. barbara Giacometti September 14, 2011 at 3:45 am #

    When I arrive in Rome it’s straight to Giolitti for some Stracciatella and some more straccietella. I can spend hours just contemplating There is nothing better~ except of course Some Sambuca~ Saluti dal Mississippi~ U.S.A. Auguri~ Barbara~

  13. Cassandra September 26, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

    Reading this is torture when you don’t have a gelateria at your fingertips! Spain has it’s own delicious treats, but nothing compares to an airy, flavorful gelato.

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