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Giolitti In Rome Just Might Be My Favorite Coffeeshop

Giolitti in Rome is a great stop during your next visit to the city if Italian coffee culture is something that you want to experience and here is your guide!

Giolitti In Rome - Delicious Coffee

Delicious Coffee

The antique Gelateria and Pasticceria known as Giolitti is a popular stop for tourists and locals alike and they are well known for their gelato and pastries, but definitely don’t miss an opportunity to try some of their espresso to see if it is the best in Rome.

The history of Giolitti began in 1890 when Giuseppe and Bernardina Giolitti opened a dairy and sold home-produced milk from the pastures of the Roman countryside. These days the same amazing flavors of the past can be found, with fresh and natural products appreciated all over the world. 

Where Is Giolitti Located?

Giolitti is a historical meeting place for Romans, as well as the numerous members of the Chamber of Deputies, and it is also a must for foreign visitors who flock to the city of Rome all year round.

This gelateria pasticceria is located on Via Uffici del Vicario, 40 which is near the Parliament building and popular with politicians of all persuasions. It is very conveniently located to a number of popular sites, for example: 

  • It is a couple blocks north of your visit inside the Pantheon.
  • It is a block west of the political hub of Palazzo Chigi and Piazza Colonna.
  • It is a couple blocks northeast of Piazza Navona.
  • It is a couple blocks west of the main shopping street of Via del Corso.

Pocket Coffee

This original Italian Espresso is covered in bittersweet chocolate and it deliciously wakes you up or keeps you awake all day!

How Is The Coffee At The Giolitti In Rome?

The coffee is often overlooked at Giolitti because of how amazing the gelato and pastries are, but it shouldn’t be. I found the service fast and friendly, and the coffee was delicious. I would say that it is less strong than I prefer, but I admit I enjoy my coffee stronger than most people. I think the smoothness of their espresso is why their espresso is popular with Romans and tourists alike.

Giolitti In Rome - Don't Forget The Tip

Don’t Forget The Tip

What Can I Buy At Giolitti In Rome?

Unlike some of the other Roman coffee shops that I have reviewed, Giolitti doesn’t sell much in the way of merchandise, and maybe this is a revenue opportunity for them. Their products are the edible kind, like gelato and pastries. They don’t sell bags of their own coffee and I didn’t see any branded bags or shirts, just pastries and gelato.

Does Rome Have Good Coffee?

Bialetti Moka – Silver

The Moka Express is the original stovetop espresso maker and is the Italian way of preparing a delicious coffee that dates back to 1933.

In my opinion, Italy has the best coffee in the world. They don’t grow their own coffee beans, but their blending and roasting results in an amazing flavor that is part of a very well developed coffee culture that is unlike anywhere in the US.

What Coffee Is Rome Famous For?

The most famous and popular coffee in Italy (or from Italy) would be the espresso and the cappuccino. An espresso is a small cup of strong coffee that is brewed by forcing nearly boiling water through the finely ground coffee beans. The espresso is the basis for all the other Italian coffees, like the cappuccino, which is an espresso, with an equal amount of hot milk and an equal amount of milk foam. Almost all of the other Italian coffees are a variation on the amount of espresso, milk and foam, like a café latte or macchiato, which is my favorite.

How Do You Pay In An Italian Café Or Bar?

Bialetti Moka – Mukka

This original design lets you make a delicious Cappuccino at home on the stove-top by whipping the milk to a soft foam in the Moka pot.

This can throw a tourist for a loop if they are unaware, so if you are uncertain on how to pay for your coffee, this should help. When you walk into a coffee shop, look for the cash register, known as the Cassa. If someone is sitting there, go up and pay for your espresso first. Then bring the recipe to the bar and present it to the barista. They will either tear or take your receipt and bring you your order.

An expectation is if the bar is small and the barista is the same person working at the Cassa. In this case, you can just place your order at the bar. Also, if the bar is big enough and you want to sit at a table instead of standing at the bar, just take a seat and someone will be around to serve you.

Giolitti in Rome - Delicious Pastries

Delicious Pastries

Is Coffee Important In Italian Culture?

Coffee in Italy is ubiquitous and it is an important part of everyday life. There are a wide range of espresso based drinks that can be enjoyed all day long and can also be used as a social lubricant, even more than in the US. There are regional differences in coffee styles that are loved by the locals that are produced both by large roasters as well as smaller local roasters which can vary largely and subtly.

Why Is Coffee So Important To Italians?

Most Italians I have met enjoy their favorite coffee everyday and some of the reasons should be familiar to Americans. They need to boost in the morning to face the day, they enjoy the taste of coffee, it is a habit they can’t or don’t want to break and because it can be a moment of relaxation during a busy day. The approach to coffee is different, even if the needs are the same.

What Is The Difference Between Italian And American Coffee Culture?

On a personal level, the biggest difference I have noticed and embraced is how much and how frequently the coffee is consumed. When I lived in the US, I would typically brew a pot of coffee that I would consume with my breakfast. If need be, I would bring the coffee to work with me in the car. After the morning jolt, I would rarely have more coffee because it would upset my sleep.

Bialetti Moka – Brikka

This newer model Moka from Bialetti can produce the delicious crema that is usually missing from a stove-top espresso maker.

In Italy, the morning starts with an espresso, but not the full day’s supply. A bit to get you going with the expectation of more to come. Having an espresso break mid-morning is common, as well as after lunch, in the afternoon and after dinner. Spreading it out like this, for a reason I can’t explain, doesn’t affect my sleep, but it does give me that boost of energy throughout the day.

There is also a social aspect to having coffee during the day that is less common in the US. Morning and afternoon breaks are used as a way to step away from work and have a relaxed chat. In the US, my experience of sitting around, having coffee and chatting has been limited to my relatives that are retired going to a diner with friends or young people on a first, “safe” date.

Giolitti in Rome - Outside Dining

Outside Dining

Learn More About Italian Coffee Culture

Giolitti in Rome is only one of an almost endless supply of amazing coffee roasters in Italy and I will continue reviewing more of my favorites. If you are interested in learning more about the Italian coffee culture and delicious opportunities to experience it, check out some of our other posts:

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