Having a gelato is always a good idea, and much more if you can enjoy it walking around Madrid. To make this selection I went on checking my fellows Italians Facebook Group in Madrid to know their favorite places and these are the winners.
1. Gelato Lab
Christian and his wife Ambra started this project aiming to make a truly artisanal shop in April 2019. Small quantities of different flavors are made throughout the day to keep the product fresh. Their ingredients are sourced from small local suppliers instead of large multinationals.
Christian runs the gelateria on his own, this allows him to personalize the experience and answer all the questions that the customers may have.
The shop offers special flavors to satisfy vegan, diabetic, or lactose intolerant needs.
Zúccaru means sugar in Sicilian dialect and his shop is a cult the the traditional Sicilian Gelateria.
Needless to say they use fresh ingredients and many of their flavors vary depending on the seasonality of the fruits themselves.
Their commitment with local economy is the reason they have a “Km 0” approach when it comes to suppliers.
This shop is the right place to enjoy the typical Sicilian Brioche Gelato.
Eccolo open in Madrid in 2019 and its location makes it irresistible to have an Italian gelato when you’re near to Plaza del Sol. They offer a variety of flavors and yogurts with gluten-free options.
4. La Romana
La Romana dal 1947 has a historic tradition in Rimini that crossed Italian borders. They are one of the most mentioned places by Italians with a couple of franchised shops in Madrid.
5. Da Roma
Da Roma makes their gelato on a daily basis to guarantee the texture and creaminess.
This is the story of a Cuban and a Dutch guy who went to Madrid in 2009. Both had been well trained in The Netherlands and Italy and were about to reintroduce an ice-cream based on cream. They claim to be the best gelato in Madrid.
7. Di Angelo
Di Angelo Gelateria offers daily fresh made gelato, reason why flavors vary throught the day, as well as according to the seasonality of fruits during the year. Here you will find special sugar, lactose, gluten-free alternatives.
¿What is the difference between gelato and ice cream?
- Italian gelato is lower in fat since it’s at least 60% milk-based, contrary to the use of cream and eggs in ice cream.
- The texture secret is because there’s less air in its preparation, hence a denser concentration of natural flavors and fresh ingredients.
- The traditional flavours of gelato are vanilla, chocolate, hazelnut, pistachio, cream, and stracciatella (fior di latte gelato with chocolate chunks).