The 10 Best Pizza Restaurants in Rome
Our Favorite Places to Eat Pizza in Rome
Pizza needs no explanation. This simple dish of dough topped with cheese and tomatoes (or whatever you fancy) has spread from its humble origins in Naples to conquer the globe, and is nowadays one of the most popular foods on the planet. But although you can find pizza in almost every country of the world, there is nothing like eating authentic pizza in Italy.
In Rome, pizza is divided into two major categories. Pizza Napoletana is the Neapolitan style, which in Italy means it has a doughier base and a thicker rim while Pizza Romana is the Roman take; crispy thin and with a narrow border. In both cases real pizza should be cooked in a forno a legna or wood-fired oven to lightly char the edges and give the pizza a smoky element. Obviously in Rome the second style is more common but there are Neapolitan-style pizzerias which make their pizzas in the Napoli style. In Rome you may also come across pizza al taglio (pizza by the slice) which is cooked on large trays in a gas or electric oven and sold by weight. (Check out our favorite places to eat pizza al taglio).
While pizza al taglio is eaten throughout the day, the more traditional, round pizza (pizza tonda) is mainly considered an evening meal, especially at the weekends when families decamp to the local pizzeria, often to watch the soccer match. Roman pizzerias are, by-and-large, a rowdy affair with brusque service, a quick turnover and few frills. A true Roman pizza experience begins with the fritti which are fried appetizers such as supplì (fried rice balls), fiori di zucca (stuffed, fried zucchini flowers), baccalà (battered salt-cod) and olive ascolane (meat-stuffed fried olives). Pizzas themselves are usually uncomplicated, with the most popular choice always a classic Margherita. As with many aspects of Italian food, pizza toppings are kept simple to allow the flavor of the ingredients to shine through, often using seasonal, local ingredients. To drink, it has to be beer as the carbonation with degrease your palate from all those fritti.
There is no shortage of traditional pizzerias in Rome but recent years have seen a wave of fancier establishments pop up across town which pair more gourmet offerings with quality craft beer in sleek surroundings and with more emphasis on service. So whether you opt for Roman or Neapolitan, thick or thin, rustic or refined, Rome has a pizzeria to suit you!
Here are Local Aromas‘ top 10 favorite places to eat pizza in Rome:
An old-school pizzeria a few blocks from the Colosseum, Li Rioni churns out wonderfully thin Roman pizza and crispy fritti served in a dining room mocked-up as a Roman street scene.
Via dei Santi Quattro 24 (Colosseum), +39 06 7045 0605
Part of the ever-expanding Roscioli empire, Emma is a great option for fantastic pizza in Rome’s centro storico, with top-notch ingredients and excellent service in a contemporary location.
Via del Monte della Farina 28 (Campo de’ Fiori), +39 06 6476 0475
For a really Roman late-night pizza experience head to Ai Marmi in Trastevere. Tables spill across the street and young lively locals devour super-fine pizza romana until the early hours.
Viale di Trastevere 53 (Trastevere), +39 06 580 0919
180g Pizzeria Romana
A journey out to the eastern neighborhood of Centocelle is rewarded with spectacular fritti and fabulous Roman pizza with a creative twist.
Via Tor de’ Schiavi 53 (Centocelle), +39 06 6932 4986
A Testaccio institution, Da Remo offers classic Roman-style pizza at knock-down prices in raucous atmosphere with no fancy additions. Arrive early or be prepared to wait.
Piazza di Santa Maria Liberatrice 44 (Testaccio), +39 06 574 6270
A locals’ favorite in the northern Piazza Bologna area, Da Enrico serves great pizza and regional specialities in their bright, welcoming dining room.
Via Michele di Lando, 28/36 (Piazza Bologna), +39 06 4423 7738
Seu Pizza Illuminati
Inventiveness and quality ingredients combine at this new pizzeria which combines a light, Neapolitan-style crust with sleek, modern surroundings south of the city center.
Via Angelo Bargoni 10 – 18 (Porta Portese), +39 06 588 3384
La Gatta Mangiona
A forerunner of Rome’s gourmet pizza scene, this pizzeria in residential Monteverde combines creativity with quality in a warm ambience.
Via Federico Ozanam 30-32 (Monteverde), +39 06 534 6702
Tucked in a small square near Piazza Navona, Da Francesco is a stalwart of the Roman dining scene. It’s crowded, chaotic and loud but for typical Roman pizza in the heart of town look no further.
Piazza del Fico 29 (Piazza Navona), +39 06 686 4009
Hidden down a quiet street in trendy Monti, this good-value restaurant offers wafer-thin pizza with traditional toppings a stone’s throw from the Colosseum.
Via della Madonna dei Monti 95 (Monti), +39 06 679 2770