We visited Rome from Sermoneta, taking the train in after breakfast and returning in time for dinner. We were so busy walking around Rome, taking in all of the sights and sounds, that we didn’t stop to eat at any of the city’s vegetarian restaurants. We did, however, make a special trip to Il Gelatone for some soy gelato. We went for ice cream not once, but twice…
Vegan Ice Cream in Rome, Italy
We read online this was the place to get soy gelato in Rome. The reports were bang on. We walked from the Rome Termini train station and arrived at Il Gelatone to find a generous selection of soy flavours, including hazelnut, pistachio, chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, cappuccino, green apple, coconut and berry.
On our first visit, I chose the hazelnut and pistachio. John went for the coconut, coffee and chocolate. All of the flavours were super creamy and amazing, but you can tell which ones we liked best because we ordered them again the next day…
On our second visit, I got a scoop of the coconut, which I knew was good from trying a lick of John’s, as well as a scoop of the berry gelato.
John got what is probably the ultimate combination: coconut, pistachio and hazelnut. So good! There were so many cup sizes and cone shape to choose from, with prices starting at around €2.00 Euros ($2.65 USD) and going way up to about €13.00 Euros ($17.37 USD) for large tubs.
28 Via Dei Serpenti
These super cute T.V.B. juices were the only other food items we bought in Rome. John picked the blueberry and coconut, and I chose the pineapple and coconut. Both were fresh and delicious and helped to keep us fueled up as we walked all over the city.
Even raw foodies won’t have any trouble finding a snack while touring Rome. There are fruit carts near all of the major tourist attractions. But you can imagine how overpriced the fruit is. See that little coconut stand. The small pieces on the top tier cost €1.50 Euros ($1.99 USD), second tier pieces were €2.00 Euros ($2.65 USD), and the slightly bigger pieces on the bottom were €4.00 Euros ($5.31 USD). Insanity! I have to admit, they did look mighty refreshing though.
Il Margutta RistorArte
That’s all the food I was able to capture. It’s a shame we didn’t get to eat at Il Margutta RistorArte. I know it’s a good vegetarian restaurant with lots of vegan options because two of my girlfriends, Val and Lisa, have spent time in Rome and enjoyed meals there. Just so you have an idea of what you can find there, check out their pictures.
On her first visit to Il Margutta, Val went for the lunch buffet and a dessert. She loved it so much she returned another day to have a four (really five) course meal.
Check out this crazy layered dessert with biscuits, cream, powdered sugar and strawberries. Val claimed it was the best vegan dessert she had found up to this point in her three month European backpacking adventure.
When my friend Lisa ate at Il Margutta, she had this awesome salad, made with black rice, corn, peas, arugula, tomatoes, avocado and aged balsamic vinegar.
She eats gluten free, and was also able to find dessert at Il Margutta. She had some fruit with sorbet and…
a mini carrot cake made from walnut flour with vanilla soy ice cream. Yay for gluten free vegan dessert options in Rome!
Il Margutta RistorArte
118 Via Margutta
Tel: 06 3265 0577
That’s all for food, I’ll leave you without some pictures of the sights….