Il Gelatone

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Via Dei Serpenti 28, Rome, Italy

Gelateria in central Rome with a wide range of vegan (soy) gelato varieties.

24 Reviews

First Review by veganmanc

Not the best staff, ok ice cream - Edit

Went here on a sunny day looking forward to some amazing vegan ice cream. I was disappointed. The staff didn't speak English and seemed really stressed. I just wanted two cups but was given three because of communication problems and their stress. Cones weren't vegan. The ice cream was ok.

Pros: Several vegan icecreams

Cons: Stressed staff

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Not convinced - Edit

I went there after a very long day really looking forward to some great ice cream options. The staff didn't speak English and they seemed to be very annoyed by the question whether their "vegan" nutella-yogurt flavor was actually vegan or what it was made of. I asked this obvious question because nutella is not vegan and they had two mini nutella jars placed in the ice cream bin on the display. I asked whether it was a soy or coconut based ice cream and the guy just said " no soy, no coconut". There wasn't even a list of ingredients I could have looked at. After all I wasn't convinced if the other options were vegan at all and I left. Very disappointing.

Pros: Location

Cons: Rude staff, Not sure if their options are truly vegan

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The best vegan gelato - Edit

I went here today and I can assure you that I will be back everyday until I leave Rome, the gelato is that good. Today I had hazelnut and vegan Nutella which were absolutely delicious. There was about 8 vegan options (not sorbets!) and they even had vegan cones and wafers that the topped the ice creams with. I can not recommend this place enough, especially if you are travelling with people who aren't vegan and still want the dairy alternative. The only thing I would point out is that they do use mini Nutella jars as decoration in the vegan display but after asking they did confirm that it is vegan Nutella that is actually used in the icecream.

Pros: Best ice cream ever!

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Huge Range! - Edit

Such a massive range of vegan gelato. And so so so delicious!!!! The best range I’ve found anywhere in Italy. So much more than just the usual fruit sorbets a chocolate one

Cons: Slightly sour service from the lady serving us

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Really good soya ice cream - Edit

I tried two different flavors made of soy. Cappuccino and hazelnut. Both were amazing!

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A-MAZ-ING!!! - Edit

Lots of vegan choices, including soya ice creams. I've eaten there every night since I got here and will be going again tonight. The lady serving is a wonderful lady, friendly, helpful, and generous. Only one vegan cone but that's ok, you can still fit three scoops on it!! Highly recommend this place to anyone. Worth the walk :)

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At least a dozen vegan options - Edit

This is REAL gelato, not the junk they sell to tourists. Tons of decadent vegan and dairy options. I got vanilla, pistachio, and nocciola (hazelnut). All creamy and perfect like proper gelato should be!

Pros: 12+ Vegan Options (Soy Based), Many cup sizes

Cons: Limited seating

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Beware: Cash only, but worth it - Edit

They only have one vegan cone available, but that's okay. At the time when I went they had multiple vegan options. I recommend the chocolate and cappuccino. Amazing after a long day in the Colosseum.

Pros: Vegan cone, Multiple options, Inexpensive

Cons: Cash only

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Really nice vegan gelato - Edit

They have 5-6 soya gelato flavours, I tried the pistachio one which was ok, but the best one was the nut one-sooo good!! I would definitely recommend this flavour!

Pros: Different soya flavours

Cons: None

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Mamma Mia! - Edit

The soy icecream is stunning! Went out of my way 4/6 days to get the icecream! First day there were 3 flavours available, by the last day there were 6! Vanilla, strawberry, blueberry, hazelnut, cappuccino and pistachio!

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Good gelato, unsure about hours - Edit

A few soy-based flavors. There's a small plaza down the street where you can sit if the weather is nice.

I couldn't figure out the hours, they're not posted outside the store and don't seem to live anywhere online. I went after 9pm on a Tuesday and they were closed. I went another day earlier in the evening, and they were open.

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a must for vegans! - Edit

Lovely place, there were around 6 soy flavours. I chose strawberry and vanilla every time I visited.
I was not even a wafer, but I'm very glad I didn't as I wasn't sure they were vegan.
The cups were pilled high and I was overall very pleased with both the experience and the product.
This place is a must for vegans fed up with sorbets!

Pros: clearly labelled, cup and cone options

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Delicious pistachio, no vegan mint - Edit

We tried the pistachio, hazelnut (nocciola) and cappuccino soya flavours. Pistachio was definitely the best one.

They have half a dozen soya flavours near the entrance, and can serve them in a vegan cone on request (the "normal" cone is not vegan).

Pros: Clearly labelled soya gelato

Cons: Limited vegan flavours: for example, no mint

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Delicious! - Edit

I am so happy to find this place. I am a new vegan so I've been missing my favourite pistachio in Italy.. Now I can have all the gelato I want! I had pistachio and coconut and they were both delicious.

Pros: Delicious, Cheap , Wide Variety

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Not very friendly, but icecream is great! - Edit

only 4-6 seats, really small gelateria, the girl that served us was kind of unfriendly but the most important criterium: icecream's great!

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not very friendly... - Edit

...but very delicious!

different sorbets and also soy variations:
strawberry, vanilla, hazelnut, chocolate, pistachio.

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Amazing ice cream! - Edit

Great ice cream, about 6-8 soy-based flavors. moderate price
recommended!!

Pros: great taste and texture, located in central Rome, not exspansive

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Delicious vegan gelato, friendly service - Edit

I went here 2 days ago, and the guy behind the counter was SUPER excited that I asked about vegan gelato. He assured me the soy gelato was vegan but said that the cones are not vegan.

They had 5 vegan flavors the night I went in. I tried 3 of them, and they were all delicious.

Pros: Vegan gelato

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not vegan anymore - Edit

Hi. Went there today (8 Dec 2013). Asked which gelato was vegan and the man said none. Very disappointed. Should have read the other review which had also found this.

Cons: no vegan gelato, no soy gelato

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No soy gelato - Edit

I went out of my way to go here on a Saturday, and the case was filled with dairy gelato, but I didn't see any soy gelato. I asked the person behind the counter and they confirmed they didn't have ANY soy gelato. Thinking it was just a temporary shortage, I went back several hours later and they still didn't have any. So if you want a sure-fire place to get soy gelato, don't bother going here.

Pros: Lots of dairy gelato

Cons: No soy gelato

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Several soy gelato options! - Edit

An easy walk from the colosseum, this gelateria has several soy-based flavors to choose from. No seating inside and can get quite crowded, so walk half a block back down the street to sit by the fountain which, shockingly, seems to be a gathering place for actual local Romans even though it's close to the tourist sites. Recommended!

Pros: Flavor choices, Friendly service

Cons: Crowded

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Tasty - Edit

Easy to find from the coliseum (follow on street level) virtually opposite mother India.
We visited in December. There was a sign and though we don't understand Italian it seemed to say they will be shut in January as there is not much of demand. Back open in feb.
We had chocolate and vanilla in 3 euro tubs. Tubs are large,suggest if you are just sampling go for smallest size! Chocolate was nicest.

Lady behind counter didn't speak English and was rather grumpy! Good job the gelato made up for it. Reading earlier comments,we avoided the cone. Thank you !

Pros: A nice treat

Cons: Grumpy staff

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a real treat - Edit

il gelatone is a real treat in the Roma heat! we tried these soy flavors: cappuccino, hazelnut, pistachio, chocolate, mixed berry, and coconut. they were all very good, cappuccino was my favorite. very creamy. the prices for soy flavors are slightly higher than regular gelato. it was €2, €2.50, and €3 for the different cup sizes. there is also take away containers for €20 per kilo (or around there). they had no vegan cones.

the location is also very nice, it is near the collesseo and cavour stops on metro line B, easy to walk to, easy to find.

Pros: flavor variety, good location, so tasty

Cons: no vegan cones

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Great selection of vegan ice cream - Edit

Visited June 2011 - big selection of soy gelato in the section near the door. There were 8 flavours including pistachio, hazelnut and coconut. It's a small place so only about 5 seats inside and no outdoor seats but its a central location.
Thanks to the Vegan Backpacker blog to alerting me to this place! (http://veganbackpacker.com/blog/rome-italy-vegan-vegetarian/)

Pros: Vegan icecream, Central location

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