La Grattachecca di Sora Maria on Via
Trionfale, one of the city's most famous “grattachecca ” kiosks,
has been serving its delicious shaved ice desserts laced with syrup
flavours and pieces of fruit since the 1930s. In fact, it is
considered so much of an institution in Rome that, if bizarre reports
in the media today are to be believed, aspiring medical students at
the Sapienza University were quizzed about the typical ingredients on
the menu there as part of a recent entrance examination!
La Grattachecca di Sora Maria
Needless to say, this kiosk is enormously popular with locals and tourists alike and there is always a queue that spills out into the road. The desserts are handmade on request with fresh ingredients, and it has to be said, served with a smile from the ladies behind the counter who clearly take real pride in maintaining this Roman tradition.