Seeing as you have to try gelato when you’re in Rome, I had to stop at La Gourmandise at the recommendation of my instructor. La Gourmandise was rated the 5th best Gelateria in Rome by Dissapore, an Italian website dedicated to cuisine. Located on Via Felice Cavallotti, La Gourmandise is a true hidden gem. There was no one else in the shop when we arrived, as only locals to the neighborhood are fully aware of the shop’s existence and location.
At La Gourmandise, I ordered a mix of two gelato flavors; vaniglia del Madagascar (vanilla from Madagascar) and nocciola del Piemonte (hazelnut from Piedmont). Served with homemade cream on top, both flavors were delicious. Other favorites include the crumble di pere (pear crumble), pistacchio di Egina (pistachio from Egina), and limone alla verbana (lemon and verbana).
What makes La Gourmandise so delicious is that it uses all organic ingredients, and only uses fruits that are in season. As a result of these self-enforced regulations, the flavors are always changing. A small shop in the Monteverde sector of the city, La Gourmandise also sells bon bons, parfaits, and small cakes of the same quality.
La Gourmandise is truly an extraordinary shop, especially considering its small size. It does not have large crowds, but only because it is not very well-known to the general public. I was told that this shop is a favorite of students studying at The American University of Rome.