Rome’s Best Pizza By The Slice
Where to eat the most delicious pizza al taglio in Rome
For a tasty snack or quick lunch in Rome, you can’t go wrong with pizza al taglio (pizza by the slice). Across the city, there are thousands of small take away shops and bakeries selling this popular Roman street food which is priced by the kilogram then simply sold by weight. Unlike the more traditional sit-down pizzerias, pizza al taglio is an altogether more informal affair and will cost you just a few euros.
There are different types of pizza by the slice in Rome and Foodie Sisters in Italy, Benedetta and Valeria, will tell you all about it.
Pizzas are laid out on the counter so just point to the one you want, then indicate the amount with your hands, or say più (more) or meno (less). The pizza is then sliced or cut with scissors and thrown on the scale. Seating at most pizza al taglio shops is limited or non-existent so grab your slice and savor it in the nearest piazza for a great-value meal with a view.
Here are the Local Aromas pick of the top pizza al taglio spots in the Eternal City:
Located inside Testaccio’s modern market, CasaManco is a new kid on the block but is already making waves. The light bases, with just the right touch of crispness, are adorned with quality toppings that are interestingly and thoughtfully combined with a refreshing culinary imagination. From sausage, onion and apple, to orange, fennel and olive the counter here is always a surprise.
CasaManco, Box 22, Mercato di Testaccio, Via Aldo Manuzio (Testaccio)
Mastro Donato Pizza Gourmet
Long-time pizzaiolo Donato is a famous face in Testaccio and his new venture, a small pizza by the slice joint on Testaccio’s main street opened last year. His signature dough is beautifully adorned with seasonal toppings, carefully arranged with his artistic eye for color. Your slice will come with a smile and, more than likely, a convivial chat.
Mastro Donato Pizza Gourmet, Via Marmorata 61 (Testaccio)
Grano, Frutta e Farina
Quality ingredients, organic flour, and a homey feel. This best describes Lucia’s bakery in Rome located close to the Spanish Steps. Grano, Frutta e Farina, which means ‘Wheat, Fruit and Flour’, prepares delicious pizza al taglio, bread, and pastry making it the perfect spot from breakfast to a quick lunch or dinner on the go. Ask for a scacchiera di pizza, a mix and match tray of pizza and just taste them all!
Grano, Frutta e Farina, Via della Croce 49 (Spanish Steps)
Antico Forno Roscioli
The Roscioli family bakery remains an everlasting stalwart on the pizza al taglio scene and for good reason. A constant stream of both locals and tourists ensure continuous production of steaming trays of pizza coming out of the oven. The toppings are kept simple and classic, with a few seasonal flourishes, and the dough is considered one of the finest in Rome.
Antico Forno Roscioli, Via dei Chiavari 34 (Campo de’ Fiori)
The counter at La Boccaccia is a riot of color with perennial favorites accompanied by seasonal specialties which make the most of local produce to top the crispy dough. In winter try the pumpkin with pecorino, in summer don’t miss the prosciutto and fresh fig. La Boccaccia has several branches in Rome but the original spot has a couple of rickety tables outside and an evocative backdrop of the terracotta tones of Trastevere.
La Boccaccia, Via di Santa Dorotea 2 (Trastevere)
Although named after their top-notch fried rice balls, I Supplì in Trastevere also knocks out some of the best pizza slices in the hood. The thin crispy Roman-style base is simply topped with the classics, from fiori di zucca e alici (squash blossoms and anchovies), patate (grated potato just crisping up at the edge) and marinara (zingy tomato sauce with garlic).
I Supplì, Via San Francesco a Ripa 137 (Trastevere)
Forno Campo de’ Fiori
This historic bakery on the corner of Campo de’ Fiori has kept its neighborhood charm in one of the most touristic parts of town. Local Romans still swing by in the morning for the fresh bread and pastries but the pizza has its own very loyal following, particularly the simple bianca, more akin to a flatbread of focaccia, which is eaten by itself or folded around wafer-thin slices of mortadella, and the rossa topped with tomato.
Forno Campo de’ Fiori, Campo de’ Fiori 22 (Campo de’ Fiori)
The first and flagship shop of Rome’s undisputed pizza al taglio king is handily located right next to the Vatican Museums making it a convenient snack stop either before or after a visit to the Sistine Chapel. A focus on quality, combined with a heavy dose of creativity and skill, means Pizzarium regularly tops the list for best pizza by the slice in Rome.
Pizzarium, Via della Meloria 43 (Vatican)