Since 1946, Bar Tre Scalini in Rome has been serving its famous tartufo. Dubbed as “the original black truffle”, the fabled dessert of the Eternal City is a delectable ball of rich, dense dark chocolate ice cream topped with whipped cream.
Unlike other ‘truffles’, you can easily find this one in the bustling Piazza Navona. Made to a secret recipe using the finest Austrian cocoa, this is a dessert to be taken seriously. So don’t expect this Roman specialty to be served in a cone or a cup. It looks more like a cake than a gelato you can lick during your evening passeggiata.
Tre Scalini’s origins date back to the nineteenth century when it was a guesthouse and later morphed into one of the symbols of Rome’s dolce vita when it drew famous actors and the paparazzi in the 1950s.
Tre Scalini is also a restaurant serving food, drinks and alcoholic beverages. But most come for the tartufo which can be enjoyed at the table while people watching or as takeaway.
Make it part of your Roman holiday, even if it’s your last stop before boarding the overnight train to Nice.
Bar Tre Scalini
Piazza Navona 28