Skip to Content

Naples Gelato Guide | The Best Gelato in Naples, Italy

We love eating gelato in Naples. Discover our favorite local gelaterias so that you can eat the best gelato in Naples during your trip to pizza’s homeland.

Gelato with Pink Spoon at Valent in Naples Italy

Important Update
Some gelaterias may revise their hours and menus due to COVID-19. Others may close, either temporarily or permanently, without notice. Be sure to check websites for updated information.

Gelato is one of our favorites foods to eat in Naples. Not only does it cool us down during days of touring under the Mediterranean sun, but, after a day of intense pizza consumption, the sweet treat also sates our sweet tooth and makes us smile.

Naples gelato, while of high quality, has a homespun quality with a mishmash of flavor combos. Yes, unlike the purity of gelato flavors found throughout Italy, Napoli gelaterias feature flavors that approach a level of gimmickry. In other words, there’s plenty of great gelato in Naples but, generally, this is a gelato scene that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

We’re not alone with our Naples gelato love. Locals clearly like eating it too based on the number of gelaterias throughout the city, especially on lively Via Toledo where gelato is even more popular than pizza.

The Best Gelato in Naples

Gelato at Fantasia Gelati in Naples
We often break for gelato in Naples. We ate this colorful Amarena gelato cone at Fantasia Gelati during a day-long Naples coffee crawl in 2017.

You won’t find Italian chains like Grom and GIOELIA in Naples. This is a city with enough room for dozens, if not hundreds, of gelaterias but the best ones are all locally based.

Some of the best Naples gelato shops have one or two locations while others have multiple shops spread all over the city. During three separate visits spanning six weeks in total, we ate cone after cone in an assortment of flavors from deep dark chocolate (chocolate fondant) to Sicilian Cassata (a take on the classic green Sicilian dessert).

These are our favorites:

Gelateria Valenti

Valenti in Naples
Antonio Valenti serves gelato with passion at his family’s gelateria in the heart of Centro Storico.

We found Gelateria Valenti the old-fashioned way. We literally bumped into this Naples gelato shop while wandering around Centro Storico. A few steps later, we exchanged our wandering with pondering as we perused tempting flavors like salted caramel, pistachio and 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.

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.

Without doubt, Gelateria Valenti offers some fun flavor combos, but there’s nothing wrong with ordering a cup of creamy pistachio gelato with crunchy pistachios. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can pair your gelato with a brioche or crepe. As for us, we ordered a triple decker cone and agreed that it was some of the best gelato in Naples.

Though it just has one location now, Gelateria Valenti has plans to open a second shop just 50 meters away and it wouldn’t surprise us if more locations follow. Prices are fair, flavors are tight and there’s upstairs seating for those who need a break.

Pro Tip
Start your morning with a breakfast cone at Valenti Gelato. Then take a 10 minute walk over to L’Antica Pizza da Michele and beat the line when the historic pizzeria opens. Be sure to check websites for current operating hours.

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

Il Gelato Mennella

Gelato Mennella in Naples
Menella Il Gelato has several locations in Naples including this one across from Piazza Dante.

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

The original Torre del Greco location, in the Southwestern shadow of mighty Vesuvius half-way between Naples and Pompeii, 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 Campagna and beyond.

Gelato Cone from Gelato Mennella at Piazza Dante in Naples
This cone with two scoops of Cassata gelato and a dollop of panna montata tasted better than it looked. In fact, it was a contender for our unofficial title of best gelato in Naples.

Starting our most recent gelato crawl at the Menella Il Gelato gelateria located just a few blocks from our hotel at Piazza Dante, we skipped tempting flavors like Stracciatella and Crostata alle Amarene (tart cherry) and doubled down with two scoops of Cassata decorated with a dollop of fresh panna montata (whipped cream) on top.

Although Cassata is typically associated with Sicily, Menella’s sweet, creamy Neapolitan ice cream version loaded with candied fruit and nuts was nothing short of a delight. We licked the gelato until the cone was all that remained. Then, we ate that too.

Pro Tip
Menella has multiple locations in Naples. If you’re craving tasty gelato, search your map. There’s probably a Mennella il Gelato just steps away from your current location.

Mennella il Gelato has multiple locations in Naples.

Fantasia Gelati

Fantasia Gelati in Naples Italy
Fantasia Gelati provides a gelato fantasy for all who enter its colorful Naples gelato shops.

Fantasia Gelati lives up to its name. With six 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.

These flavors run the gamut 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 seasonal flavors made with buffalo milk.

Gelato Cone at Fantasia Gelati in Naples Italy
Topped with Amarena gelato, Benevento gelato and a dollop of panna montata, this Fantasia cone was big enough to share.

During our most recent visit, we enjoyed a cone topped with Amarena and an unfamiliar flavor – Benevento. Recommended by a Naples local, this unique gelato flavor gets its name from a key ingredient, Strega liqueur produced in Campania’s Benevento.

Beyond gelato, Fantasia serves Mexico coffee and a selection of cakes and crepes. While, not our pick for the very best gelato in Naples, this gelateria serves a tasty product and is certainly a contender for having the city’s most fun flavors.

Pro Tip
Ascend Naples’ biggest hill by foot or metro if you want to sit while eating your gelato. Fantasia provides seating at its Vomero location.

Fantasia Gelati has multiple locations in Naples.

Casa Infante

Casa Infante in Naples
Popular with tourists and locals, Casa Infante sells both gelato and pastries at its Naples locations.

An ‘infant’ in name only, Casa Infante is a multi-generational gelateria 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 10 locations in Naples plus a few outposts as far away as Milan. The duo focuses on both style and substance as evidenced by Casa Infante’s tony decor and artisanal gelato.

Gelato Cone at Casa Infante in Naples Italy
Our cone with scoops of Crema di Pistacchio and Zuppa Inglese gelato came with a bonus cone. We didn’t complain.

With so many locations in Naples, including three on Via Toledo, it’s hard to miss Casa Infante when touring the city. The hard part is narrowing down the many pastry and gelato options.

Overwhelmed by an array of gelato flavors during our autumnal gelato crawl, we ultimately ordered a cone topped with Crema di Pistacchio and Zuppa Inglese. Thanks to ingredients like Sicilian pistachios, Alchermes liqueur, shredded dark chocolate and amareno cherries, we weren’t disappointed with our decision.

Pro Tip
Ask about seasonal gelato specials before you place your order.

Casa Infante has multiple locations in Naples.

Gay Odin

Gay Odin in Naples Italy
Gay-Odin currently has nine locations in Naples plus two more in Milan and Rome. We visited this Via Toledo location next to Galleria Umberto.

Gay-Odin has been a Neapolitan chocolate pioneer since 1894 when Isidoro Odin started producing chocolate in Naples. The company’s gelato history is shorter, dating back to just 2008.

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 featuring ingredients like rum and orange peel.

Gelato at Gay Odin in Naples
Galleria Umberto provided an epic backdrop to our gelato cone.

During our visit, the question wasn’t if we would choose chocolate gelato but, rather, which chocolate gelato we would choose. Cutting to the chase, we went with Fondente con Fave di Cacao, a dark chocolate gelato with crunchy cocoa nibs.

We paired the rich, nib-studded gelato with a scoop of raspberry. The classic combination of deep chocolate flavor combined with tart yet sweet raspberry tasted divine.

Pro Tip
Feeling hungry? Skip the cone and eat your gelato stuffed inside a brioche sandwich.

Gay Odin has multiple Naples locations.

ROL Gelateria

Sunset Gelato at ROL Gelateria in Naples
Bypassing ROL Gelateria’s dining room, we ate our gelato while watching the sunset.

ROL made its mark on the Naples gelato horizon when Roberta Rubino and Olga Nigro opened ROL Gelateria. Not only does ROL serve solid gelato in a stylish setting, but it was also the first gelateria to offer a view of the Bay of Naples.

Despite its touristic location, ROL’s female owners use 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.

We ate scoops of Rol (almond, pistachio and hazelnut) and Chocolate Fondant with colorful plastic spoons as we watched the burnt orange Tyrrhenian sun kiss the azure Bay or Naples. Both the sunset and gelato were memorable.

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

Pro Tip
Time your visit to ROL Gelateria to coincide with the sunset. While ROL’s gelato is value-priced, its view is priceless.

Gay Odin has multiple Naples locations.

Plan Your Naples Stay

Buildings in Naples Italy
Walking the streets of Naples creates a hunger best satisfied by eating gelato.

Click here to explore Naples hotel rates for short visits.

For longer stays, click here to find great Airbnb apartments with kitchens.

Hungry for More Gelato?

Check out our gelato guides for Bologna, Venice and Verona as well as our ice cream guide for Lisbon.

Pin It for Later

Pinterest image: images of gelato with caption reading 'Best Gelato in Naples'
Red Beach Selfie in Santorini

About the Authors

Daryl & 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 and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.

Subscribe

You’ll get periodic email updates as well as our FREE guide to eating like a local when you travel. We won’t send you spam and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Disclosure

We update our articles regularly. Some updates are major while others are minor link changes and spelling corrections. Let us know if you see anything that needs to be updated in this article.

Tomate Cocktail Recipe for a Taste of France at Home
← Previous
The 20 Best Sandwiches in America
Next →