Earlier this year, when it was insufferably hot in Rome and the humidity made it impossible to walk into work without breaking a sweat, I was complaining to my colleague Livia about the lack of iced coffee in Rome. Who wants to drink hot espresso in 100-degree weather?
Livia happens to be my unofficial guide to all things Italian. An Italian mother and residence in Rome for the past few years have made her our office go-to girl for questions on the best shopping, beaches, day trips, wineries, bars, restaurants, doctors offices, and almost anything else. So I wasn’t surprised when she whipped out a pen and paper and jotted down the name of a place that apparently made delicious iced coffee.
The place is Tazza D’Oro, lodged right next to the Pantheon. It was founded in 1946 and the dark brown paneling, mirrored walls, and intense aroma still invoke an old world warmth. The drink is Granita di Caffe, and it’s incredible. A thick cream is layered at the bottom, followed by coffee that’s been iced and crushed and mixed with sugar, and topped with more cream. The result is more like a slushy than iced coffee, (you eat it with a spoon), and the best part is when the coffee and sugar caramelize to add a soft crunch in the middle.
Now that the heat has faded and we’re blessed with October’s beautiful weather, iced coffee isn’t such a necessity, but this granita di caffe is so good, you’ll crave it all year round.
Tazza D’Oro – Via degli Orfani, 84 -00186 Rome, Italy – 06 678 9792 – tazzadorocoffeeshop.com