Vice Café stands out from the other gelato and pastry shops near the Vatican not only because of its luminescent ice palace décor, but also because of the creativity and superb quality of its offerings.
Two long bars display artisanal gelato and elaborate pastries that will ensure you spend twice as long admiring the contents of the glass cases than you spend devouring your order. Miniature and full-sized desserts are works of art with modern flare. Look for fist-sized tiramisu hives or graceful domes of marron glacé with zabaione and dark chocolate. There are savory selections, too, including brioche filled with stews.
Vice uses high quality Italian ingredients like Bronte pistachios from Sicily and citrus from Amalfi, but there are also Anglo-American influences. Owner Fabio D’angelantonio adores American and British breakfast and offers various cereals and eggs in the morning and apple pie all day long.
Vice Café is the fourth shop from the creators of Vice; there are three Vice gelato shops in Rome (Via Gregorio VII 385, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 96 and Viale Marconi 207).
Ambiance: Sweet-tooth wonderland.
Recommended dishes: 70% dark hot chocolate, apple pie with vanilla bean gelato.
Open: Mon-Sat 7:00-22:00 & Sun 8:00-22:00. Closed August 15.
How to get there: Metro A to Ottaviano.
How to book: No bookings.
Credit cards: Yes.
Additional Notes: There is table service, or you can order items and consume standing up at the bar.
Address: Via Fabio Massimo 64
Telephone: +39 0631051733