Tartufo at Bar Tre Scalini in Rome’s Piazza Navona

Tre Scalini Tartufo Rome

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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.

[Photo: Chingers7]

Bar Tre Scalini
Piazza Navona 28
00186 Roma


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  • January 5, 2011


    My goodness this look delicious. I wish I had known about it when I was last in Rome, although you really can’t go wrong anywhere you eat in Rome, can you!

    • January 5, 2011


      Rome and indulgence go hand in hand! And this tartufo is a perfect example :)

  • January 14, 2011


    You know I’ve passed this place like 100 times in Rome
    & never gone in…time to rectify that on the next trip!
    What a perfect setting…& obviously what perfect

    • February 9, 2011


      I haven’t eaten anything like it in all my travels! :)

  • Thank you mentioning our location.

    Best regards

    Tre Scalini

    • March 22, 2011


      Thank you very much for your kind comment. We appreciate it and look forward to visiting you when next in Roma!

  • June 20, 2011

    John M

    Been visiting Rome for 30 years. Never miss a Tartufo at Tre Scallini. Someone described it as “What darkness tastes like.” Don’t miss it!

    • June 21, 2011


      I love that description, John! Very apt and decadent. And lucky for you to have been a regular visitor to Rome :)