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The Best Gelato In Naples

Are you craving gelato in Naples? Discover our picks for 10 best gelato shops in Naples along with our personal recommendations and photos.

Gelato at Il Gelatiere in Naples
Image: ©2foodtrippers

Gelato is what we crave when we want to cool down after soaking up the Mediterranean sun and we’re not alone. Italians have been eating gelato for more than a century – a short slice of time in the country’s storied history . However, gelato in Naples is different from gelato in most Italian cities.

While the top Naples gelato shops produce and serve an artisan product, many offer a mishmash of flavor combos that approach a level of gimmickry. This is a gelato scene that doesn’t take itself too seriously. But, despite this focus on fun, the best gelato in Naples tastes great.

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Just like its pizzerias, the best Naples gelato shops are local. Some have just one or two locations while others have multiple shops around the city.

Visiting Naples five times has given us time to eat an assortment of flavors from deep dark chocolate (chocolate fondant) to Sicilian cassata (a take on one of the most classic Italian desserts) at more than a dozen of these gelato shops.

These are our picks for the best gelato shops in Naples:

1. Gelateria Soave 1950

Gelato Cone at Gelateria Soave 1950 in Naples
Topped with Chocolate Fondant and Biscotto Soave gelato, this cone more than justified our metro ride to Naples’ Vomero neighborhood. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Gelato churns inside tubs as you walk into Soave’s compact shop in Vomero. The churning process creates a product that’s dense and super creamy with less air than other gelato. This gelato justifies a short metro ride to the tony Naples district where Soave’s one and only shop is located.

Open since 1950, Soave isn’t just a gelato shop. It’s also a creamery that sells cheese and cured meats. However, gelato is the thing to eat here. Soave’s wonderful gelato comes in a range of flavors including some that are sugar-free and vegan. Our favorite, Soave’s signature Biscotto Soave, is made with dried cherries, biscuit bits and cinnamon as well as glorious amounts of both sugar and cream.

Recommended Flavors
Biscotto Soave, Chocolate Fondant and Lemon Sorbet

Gelateria Soave 1950 is located at Via Alessandro Scarlatti, 130, 80127 Napoli NA.

2. Chalet Ciro 1952

Gelato Cone at Chalet Ciro in Naples
Eating a gelato cone at the original Chalet Ciro 1952 is a must-do activity in Naples.

Chalet Ciro’s original bayside Mergellina location is Naples’ version of Mel’s drive-in with crowds of locals, including police officers, pulling up in Vespas and Fiats to enjoy graffe (teardrop-shaped Neapolitan donuts), gelato and hundreds of other sweet treats. Some locals order Cono Graffe – gelato served on graffa cones. As for us, we exhibited a modicum of self control by eating scoops of Amarena and Cassata gelato on cones while while we gazed at Mount Vesuvius in the skyscape.

Eating graffe and gelato at the original Chalet Ciro 1952 is a must. We recommend accomplishing this goal after eating pizza at nearby 50 Kalo. Another option is to pop over after an early trip to the Mergellina’s public market. Timing isn’t an issue – the iconic spot is open from 6:45 in the morning until the wee hours of the night (3am most nights and 4am on Saturdays).

Recommended Gelato
Your Favorite Flavors on a Graffa Cone

Chalet Ciro 1952 has multiple locations including the original chalet located at Via Caracciolo fronte, Via Orazio, 80122 Napoli, Italy.

3. Pasticceria Mennella

Gelato Mennella Cone at Piazza Dante in Naples Italy.jpg
This cone with two scoops of Cassata gelato and a dollop of panna montata tasted better than it looked. In fact, it’s a contender for our unofficial title of best gelato in Naples. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Operating for more than 50 years, family-run Pasticceria Menella is a local institution with more than a dozen shops in and around Naples. Crowds of locals queuing for cones confirm this status seven days a week regardless of the weather and temperature.

The original Pasticceria Menella, located in the shadow of mighty Vesuvius half-way between Naples and Pompeii in Torre del Grec, remains open and doubles as a gelato lab. The current Menella generation produces ice cream here daily using premium local milk and Italian ingredients sourced from Campania and beyond.

Recommended Flavors
Cassata, Crostata alle Amarene and Stracciatella

Pasticceria Mennella has multiple Naples locations including one at Piazza Dante.

4. Gelateria Valenti

Gelato and Graffiti wall at Valenti in Naples Italy
We topped this candy-coated cone with three scoops of gelato – hazelnut, chocolate fondant and zabaione. The trio was a winner, as was the cone. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

We found Gelateria Valenti the old-fashioned way. We literally bumped into this Naples gelato shop while wandering around Centro Storico. We quickly exchanged our wandering with pondering as we perused tempting flavors like salted caramel and pistachio as well as yogurt with cereal and strawberries.

Though it feels like it’s been operating on Via dei Tribunali for decades, Gelateria Valenti is a relatively new player in the Naples gelato scene. Open since 2018, this gelateria is a shining light with a central location, creative flavors like Kinder Cards made with Kinder bars and, of course, wonderful creamy gelato.

Recommeded Flavors
Chocolate Fondant, Hazelnut, Pistachio, Salted Caramel and Zabaione

Gelateria Valenti is located at Via dei Tribunali, 53, 80138 Napoli, Italy.

5. Casa Infante

Gelato Cone from Casa Infante in Naples
This cone topped with scoops of Crema di Pistacchio and Zuppa Inglese gelato came with a bonus cone. We didn’t complain. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

An ‘infant’ in name only, Casa Infante is a multi-generational operation that proudly traces its roots back to 1940, the year that Leopold Infante opened his acclaimed Neapolitan bakery. Famous for his tarallo, Infante later added products like sfogliatella, babà and gelato.

Leopold’s progeny, Fabio and Marco, run the family’s sprawling gelato operation with more than a dozen locations including an outpost in Milan. The duo focuses on both style and substance as evidenced by Casa Infante’s upscale decor and artisanal gelato.

Recommended Flavors
Crema di Pistachio, Pastiera and Zuppa Ingles

Casa Infante has multiple locations in Naples including a few on Via Toledo.

6. Fantasia Gelati

Gelato at Fantasia Gelati in Naples
We ate this colorful Amarena gelato cone at Fantasia Gelati during a day-long Naples coffee crawl. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Fantasia Gelati lives up to its name. With four locations in Naples, this award-winning gelateria has provided a multi-sensory experience replete with bright colors and even brighter flavors since it opened in 1994. Beyond gelato, Fantasia serves Mexico coffee and a selection of cakes and crepes

Fantasia’s gelato flavors run from simple to sophisticated. While purists stick with fruit flavors like fig, tangerine and Sorrento lemon, kids of all ages go ga-ga for scoops filled with kinder bars, oreo cookies and smarties. As for gourmands, they can choose from elevated flavors made with ingredients like buffalo milk sourced from Battipaglia and herbaceous Strega liqueur produced in Benevento.

Recommended Flavors
Amarena and Benevento

Fantasia Gelati has multiple locations in Naples including one at Piazza Vanvitelli.

7. Mozzelato

Gelato Cone at Mozzelato in Naples
Breaking for gelato is always a good idea in Naples. We took this gelato break at Mozzalatto in the city’s Centro Storico neighborhood. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Despite its touristic location around the corner from the Duomo di Napoli, Mozzalatto has some surprises up its sleeve. The tiny gelato shop combines Naples ‘mozzarella tradition and the fantasy of ice cream’ in its creamy Mozzelatte gelato made with both creamy buffalo cream and sweet vanilla. It’s a great flavor that pairs well traditional flavors like Pistachio.

Other surprises include Limoncello Spritzes and Tarallo paired with Prosecco. Not surprisingly, Mozzelatto has both vegan and gluten-free gelato options, a practice which has become a Neapolitan standard in recent years.

Recommended Flavors
Mozzelatte and Pistachio

Mozzelato is located at Via San Biagio Dei Librai, 69, 80138 Napoli, Italy.

8. Il Gelatiere

Gelato Cone at Il Gelatiere in Naples
We didn’t plan to eat a gelato cone at Il Gelatiere but we’re glad we did. The shop’s seasonal, artisinal gelato is some of the best gelato in Naples. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

We couldn’t resist walking in Gelatiere when we randomly passed the Chiaia gelato shop. Between the crowd of locals spilling onto the sidewalk and the colorful gelato baubles in the window, our entrance was practically inevitable.

We also couldn’t resist ordering a cone topped with two flavors – Cioccolato e Arancia (chocolate and orange) and Ricotta e Pear (ricotta and pear). Both flavors were excellent. The chocolate gelato was dense with lots of little pieces of candied orange while the pear gelato was light as a feather and tasted like… wait for it… pear. The pairing provided good contrast of both flavor and texture.

Open since 1985, Il Gelatiere is a local gem that serves dozens of flavors including some that are appropriate for both vegan and gluten-free eaters. Not only did we enjoy our cone, but we also dug the shop’s neighborhood vibe. It would be a gelato shop go-to if were locals ourselves.

Recommended Flavors
Go with your gut based on the season. That’s what we did.

Il Gelatiere is located at Via S. Pasquale, 15, 80121 Napoli, Italy.

9. Gay-Odin

Gelato at Gay Odin in Naples
Galleria Umberto provided an epic backdrop to this cone topped with scoops of Fondente con Fave di Cacao and Raspberry gelato. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Gay-Odin has been a Neapolitan institution since 1894 when Isidoro Odin started producing chocolate in Naples. The company’s gelato history is shorter, dating back to just 2008, but don’t rule Gay-Odin out.

Unlike other gelaterias in Naples, Gay-Odin focuses on the classics instead of offering dozens of flavors. However, not surprisingly, Gay-Odin’s curated range of flavors includes several chocolate options with ingredients like rum and orange peel. Also not a surprise, Gay-Odin’s chocolate gelato flavors are the ones to order.

Recommended Flavors
Anything with Chocolate

Gay-Odin has multiple Naples locations including one next to Galleria Umberto.

10. ROL Gelateria

Sunset Gelato at ROL Gelateria in Naples
Why sit in ROL Gelateria’s dining room when you can eat your gelato while watching the sun set over the Bay of Naples? | Image: ©2foodtrippers

ROL earned its spot on the Naples gelato horizon as soon as Roberta Rubino and Olga Nigro opened their bayside Gelateria for an obvious reason. There’s nothing quite like eating a creamy gelato cone while enjoying the dusk with an eastern view of Mount Vesuvius.

Despite its touristic location and that view, ROL’s female owners take the extra step of using hyper-local ingredients in their recipes. Gelato flavors include two of our favorites, Cassata and Amareno, while sorbet flavors range from typical lemon and peach to more exotic cantaloupe and kiwi. However, the signature ROL gelato made with a trio of nuts in the one to try first.

Recommended Flavors
Rol (Almond, Pistachio and Hazelnut) and Whatever Else Tickles Your Fancy

ROL Gelateria is located at Via Partenope, 12/m, 80121 Napoli, Italy.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between gelato and ice cream?

Gelato has more milk and less cream compared to ice cream. It’s also delicious.

Is gelato good in Naples?

Most gelato in Naples is good. The gelato at our recommended gelato shops is great.

What is the best gelato in Naples?

The best way to choose the best gelato in Naples is to taste them all yourself.

Where did Anthony Bourdain eat gelato in Naples?

Bourdain didn’t include any Naples gelato shops in his Southern Italy episode of No Reservations which aired during its seventh season.

Where did Stanley Tucci eat gelato in Naples?

Tucci skipped eating gelato in Naples when he filmed the first season of Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy. You’ll have to rely on our recommendations instead.

Is gelato expensive in Naples?

No. In fact, most Naples gelato shops are highly affordable. Expect to spend less then 3 euros for a small cup or cone topped with two flavors. Although larger servings cost more, they’re still relatively affordable.

Is tipping necessary in Naples?

No. Tipping is optional in Italy.

What’s the best time to eat gelato in Naples.

It’s always a good time to eat gelato in Naples.

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About the Authors

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website. Since launching the site in 2012, they’ve traveled to over 40 countries in their quest to bring readers a unique taste of the world.


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We self-funded our multiple trips to Naples and paid for all gelato featured in this guide.

Original Publication Date: November 12, 2020
Republish Date: March 2, 2024

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