Grattachecca is the name of a popular cold dessert originating in Rome, Italy, commonly sold in street kiosks and bars. It consists of manually shaved ice flavored with sweet sciroppo. According to popular accounts, the origins of Grattachecca date back to ancient Roman dictator Quintus Fabius Maximus who would import into Rome snow from Mount Terminillo in the Apennines to be flavored with sweet syrups and distributed by thermopolia (booths selling hot and cold beverages).

In Rome, only a few kiosks now prepare grattachecca with ice crumbs from a single block and not with ice cubes crushed. Let’s see the most famous historical or kiosks in Rome.

The grattachecca is a refreshing food typical of the city of Rome. Many Romans eat it during the summer days and warm evenings in Rome.

The scratchfag is prepared directly from a sheet of ice from which you “scratchin the snow and then you add one or more syrups (mint, barley water, coconut, lemon, cherry, tamarind ) and / or pieces of fruit .



Roma_grattachecca_Sora-Mirella_RomeSora Mirella


Address: Lungotevere degli Anguillara corner Ponte Cestio, 00153 Roma ( in fornt of Tiberina island)


A kiosk in the town that time has become a veritable institution of the nightlife of the hot Roman summer. Sora Mirella has shut down in 2013 and was considered the grattacheccara doc” de Noantri. The kiosk at the entrance of Trastevere, right opposite the Tiber Island, more than fifty years scratching ice to process fruit cocktails and creativity.

The place is very popular with both Romans and tourists. Surely this kiosk is among the oldest in the city, its specialties are the grattachecche with pieces of fresh fruit or a more ‘popular LemonCocco.

The prices are not too high if you think that the kiosk structure is housed in the historic center.

Cost: 3 euro for the classic Lemoncocco 6 euro for grattachecche alcoholic.



Roma_grattachecca_granita_Alla-fonte-doroAlla Fonte D’Oro


Address: Lungotevere Raffaello Sanzio, corner to Viale Trastevere – 00153 Roma


Probably the oldest kiosk grattachecche still active in Rome, some sources date from the opening to the 1913 Always very crowded and offers ice syrups that cool at all times.

The prices are average of the historical center: EUR 3 grattachecca the normal 5 euro with the addition of alcohol.


Roma_grattachecca_Testaccio_RomeChiosco di Testaccio


Address:  Via G. Branca corner to via Beniamino Franklin – 00153 Rome

Open: noon-1.30am daily. Closed late Sept-Apr.


  A small anonymous kiosk in the middle of the Testaccio district is actually the true king of Lemoncocco, the grattachecca topped with lemon (in this case real lemon juice squeezed at the moment) and coconut syrup. Other specialties: orange and tamarind and black cherry. Upon request small bits of fresh fruit and sour cherries in the glass. Price: 4 euro a grattachecca medi


Roma_grattachecca_chiosco-sora-mariaSORA MARIA

Area:  Trionfale – PRATI

Address: Via Trionfale corner to Via Bernardino Telesio, 00195 Roma, Italia


The Kiosk grattachecca of Sora Maria and the Triumphal institution. Unfortunately it is not just a traditional grattachecca because the ice is not scratched by hand as it once and then you will not have the effect of snow. The preparation and attentive but modern example and the lemon is squeezed and then made into small pieces in the machine.

Sorsi e Morsi

Area: PRATI – Balduina

Address: Piazzale degli Eroi

Price: 3 euro la media, 4 euro la grande

{google_map}Piazzale degli Eroi, Roma{/google_map}


This kiosk is located right on the border between the Prati and Balduina.

Grattachecche quality and so many flavors to try such as specialty called Melena”, a mix of syrups, green apple, lemon and cinnamon. try

Grattachecca_roma_piazza_buenos_airesBuenos Aires

Area: Salario

Address: Piazza Buenos Aires

For more than 50 years, this kiosk, located at the center of the square, refreshes and cools the inhabitants of the district. The specialty grattachecca lemoncocco.



Roma_er-grattacheccaroEr Grattcheccaro


Address:  via magnagrecia angolo via corfinio, Roma,

Price: from 2 euro small one, 4 euro big one


Few tourists, many residents of the neighborhood in overheated attend this seasonal kiosk Tuscolano. Since 1930, the kiosk is in the historical district of Via Appia MAGNAGRECIA Latino, between Coin and Via Sannio, where all the inhabitants in the neighborhood knows him.

The typical grattachecca” Roman, prepared with ice crumbs still on hand when preparing for the limoncello, sambuca, vodka and fruit salad. Open until late at night


By Redazione Rome Central

The Rome Central - Italy in the world  editorial staff consists of freelance editors, journalists, photographers, filmmakers, doctors, writers, video-makers, supporters, poets, writers, actors, singers and many friends. RomeCentral is a Magazine completely no-profit , whoever writes in this magazine does his job without any commercial pressure. NB: No people in Rome Central, from managers to employees etc .., receive any type of compensation. The love for the free journalism repays all our efforts.

2 thoughts on “The best grattachecche: The granita, Italian Ice, in Rome”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Rome Central Mag
We use cookies to personalise content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. View more
Cookies settings
Privacy & Cookie policy
Privacy & Cookies policy
Cookie name Active

Privacy Policy

What information do we collect?

We collect information from you when you register on our site or place an order. When ordering or registering on our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your: name, e-mail address or mailing address.

What do we use your information for?

Any of the information we collect from you may be used in one of the following ways: To personalize your experience (your information helps us to better respond to your individual needs) To improve our website (we continually strive to improve our website offerings based on the information and feedback we receive from you) To improve customer service (your information helps us to more effectively respond to your customer service requests and support needs) To process transactions Your information, whether public or private, will not be sold, exchanged, transferred, or given to any other company for any reason whatsoever, without your consent, other than for the express purpose of delivering the purchased product or service requested. To administer a contest, promotion, survey or other site feature To send periodic emails The email address you provide for order processing, will only be used to send you information and updates pertaining to your order.

How do we protect your information?

We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you place an order or enter, submit, or access your personal information. We offer the use of a secure server. All supplied sensitive/credit information is transmitted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology and then encrypted into our Payment gateway providers database only to be accessible by those authorized with special access rights to such systems, and are required to?keep the information confidential. After a transaction, your private information (credit cards, social security numbers, financials, etc.) will not be kept on file for more than 60 days.

Do we use cookies?

Yes (Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computers hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the sites or service providers systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information We use cookies to help us remember and process the items in your shopping cart, understand and save your preferences for future visits, keep track of advertisements and compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future. We may contract with third-party service providers to assist us in better understanding our site visitors. These service providers are not permitted to use the information collected on our behalf except to help us conduct and improve our business. If you prefer, you can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies via your browser settings. Like most websites, if you turn your cookies off, some of our services may not function properly. However, you can still place orders by contacting customer service. Google Analytics We use Google Analytics on our sites for anonymous reporting of site usage and for advertising on the site. If you would like to opt-out of Google Analytics monitoring your behaviour on our sites please use this link (

Do we disclose any information to outside parties?

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety. However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.


The minimum information we need to register you is your name, email address and a password. We will ask you more questions for different services, including sales promotions. Unless we say otherwise, you have to answer all the registration questions. We may also ask some other, voluntary questions during registration for certain services (for example, professional networks) so we can gain a clearer understanding of who you are. This also allows us to personalise services for you. To assist us in our marketing, in addition to the data that you provide to us if you register, we may also obtain data from trusted third parties to help us understand what you might be interested in. This ‘profiling’ information is produced from a variety of sources, including publicly available data (such as the electoral roll) or from sources such as surveys and polls where you have given your permission for your data to be shared. You can choose not to have such data shared with the Guardian from these sources by logging into your account and changing the settings in the privacy section. After you have registered, and with your permission, we may send you emails we think may interest you. Newsletters may be personalised based on what you have been reading on At any time you can decide not to receive these emails and will be able to ‘unsubscribe’. Logging in using social networking credentials If you log-in to our sites using a Facebook log-in, you are granting permission to Facebook to share your user details with us. This will include your name, email address, date of birth and location which will then be used to form a Guardian identity. You can also use your picture from Facebook as part of your profile. This will also allow us and Facebook to share your, networks, user ID and any other information you choose to share according to your Facebook account settings. If you remove the Guardian app from your Facebook settings, we will no longer have access to this information. If you log-in to our sites using a Google log-in, you grant permission to Google to share your user details with us. This will include your name, email address, date of birth, sex and location which we will then use to form a Guardian identity. You may use your picture from Google as part of your profile. This also allows us to share your networks, user ID and any other information you choose to share according to your Google account settings. If you remove the Guardian from your Google settings, we will no longer have access to this information. If you log-in to our sites using a twitter log-in, we receive your avatar (the small picture that appears next to your tweets) and twitter username.

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance

We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act), we do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age. Our website, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older.

Updating your personal information

We offer a ‘My details’ page (also known as Dashboard), where you can update your personal information at any time, and change your marketing preferences. You can get to this page from most pages on the site – simply click on the ‘My details’ link at the top of the screen when you are signed in.

Online Privacy Policy Only

This online privacy policy applies only to information collected through our website and not to information collected offline.

Your Consent

By using our site, you consent to our privacy policy.

Changes to our Privacy Policy

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page.
Save settings
Cookies settings