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The 10 Best Pizzerias in Rome

The 10 Best Pizzerias in Rome

What better place to eat pizza than in the heart of its founding country? Italy’s love for pizzas can be seen on every street corner of the country’s capital, where pizzerias dominate the street view. Although many say the best pizza is found in Naples, some of Italy’s most distinguished pizzaioli (pizza-makers) are found in Rome, constantly striving for excellence and innovation. Roman pizza is characterised by its really thin crust, which is more crispy than other styles. Although most pizzerias in Rome are very proud of Roman pizza, you can also find the Neapolitan style if you want to see what all the fuss is about.

Romans usually start off their meal in a pizzeria by ordering fritti, delicious fried treats such as suppli (rice ball), potato croquettes, fried zucchini flowers stuffed with mozzarella and salted cod fish (baccala). Although you will find an excellent selection of wines in Rome, pizza is generally accompanied by beer. When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

Sforno

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Sforno is one of Rome’s most popular boutique pizzerias for a very good reason. The restaurant has a great atmosphere, superb antipasti and desserts, and, obviously, delicious pizza varieties with excellent dough. Sforno’s pizzaiolo really knows his stuff: he creates pizzas to perfection, whether it be the classics or creative innovations, such as Pizza in Bocca (a twist on saltimbocca topped with mozzarella, sage, and prosciutto marinated in white wine) or Greenwich (Stilton, mozzarella, and port reduction).

Address Via Statilio Ottato 110/116
00175 Rome

Antico Forno Roscioli

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How cool would it be if you could tell your friends that you’ve eaten 10kg of pizza? Antico Forno Roscioli can make it all happen, since they sell pizza slices by weight. This formula makes it possible to choose the size of your favorite pizza, which is the perfect solution for a quick lunch or an afternoon snack. The pizzas have a crispy thin crust and simple but savory toppings. Please do try a pizza bianca! And buy some of their specialty breads while you’re at it, because Antico Forno Roscioli is, next to an excellent pizzeria, a fantastic old bakery.

Address Via dei Chiavari, 34
00186 Rome

Angelo e Simonetta

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Although Angelo e Simonetta is easy to miss because of its size and location next to one of Rome’s busy “vias”, its pizzas are definitely unmissable on your trip to Rome. This hidden gem has what some locals call the best pizza al taglio (by the slice), making Angelo e Simonetta the perfect spot for a quick bite on your way into the city center. Their fresh ingredients allow for both authentic and innovative combinations, offering a choice for every pizza-lover out there.

Address Via Nomentana 581
00141 Rome

Bir & Fud

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Bir & Fud is all about simplicity, but in this case less is indeed more. Just like the restaurant’s name, its menu is straightforward, offering 7 classic and 6 special pizzas complemented by beers. Besides being loved for its wide range of craft ales, some locals claim their delicious pizzas are the best there are in Trastevere. Let the helpful barmen, who know everything about their beers, help you in selecting the perfect beer for you, while you enjoy the crunchy crust of one of Rome’s finest pizzas.

Tip: Start your meal with some of their homemade chips!

Address Via Benedetta 23
00153 Rome

Farro Zero

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Farro Zero’s pizzas are special in taste, shape and especially ingredients. At Farro Zero (farro meaning “spelt” in Italian) all pizzas are made from organic spelt dough, thereby offering a healthier option for your guilty Italian pleasure. Their rosse and bianche pizzas, which come in more than 40 different flavors, are shaped in different customized forms. Grab a baguette-like form for lunch or take a slice to go.

Tip: If you’re feeling adventurous, keep your sweet tooth in check with the pizza strudel or pizza roll filled with Nutella

Address Via Alfonso Rendano 31
00199 Rome

Pizzarium

€€€Slightly expensive

Pizzarium is renowned Gabriel Bonci’s (a.k.a. “the Michelangelo of Pizza”) food joint situated near the Vatican museum, making it the perfect spot to take a break somewhere during the day. The combination of fresh seasonal ingredients and creative combinations make these pizzas absolutely mind blowing.

Address Via della Meloria 43
00136 Roma
+39 06 39 74 54 16

Emma

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Emma is a modern restaurant that offers no less than 30 different pizzas as well as many other Italian dishes. Although its menu is typically Italian, the setting and interior are more chic and classy than your average pizzeria. The terrace outside is a wonderful place to hang out up with friends and enjoy Emma’s pizzas. Friendly service and a relaxed ambience make this a spot you’ll be stopping by again, and again… and again.

Tip: Although the restaurant is slightly hidden in the busy city center of Rome, it is always packed, so making a reservation is highly recommended

Address Via del Monte della Farina 28
00186 Rome

La Pariolina

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La Pariolina, named after the neighbourhood Parioli in which it is located, is known by locals for its perfect combination of food and wine. The restaurant is always filled with local Italian families that love to come here for the delightful pizzas made out of natural ingredients but without breaking the bank.

Carmela Piccolo, La Pariolina’s “capitano del forno” (captain of the oven) ensures that her pizzas are light and digestible by letting the organic yeast rise for 74 to 92 hours before it lands on your plate. Let the friendly waiters advise you on their delicious pizzas and you are bound to leave with a smile on your face.

Address Viale Parioli 93
00197 Rome

La Gatta Mangiona

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Customers have called it hands down “the best pizza place in town”. La Gatta Mangiona serves pizzas with a crust that is a little thicker but incredible airy and light of structure, attracting regulars for many years. Nothing special with regards to the interior, but that makes you appreciate the food even more. With the menu ranging from bruschettas and sfizis to pizzas and pastas, there is something for everyone. Make sure to check this place out after a long day of strolling around Rome!

Address Via Federico Ozanam, 30-32
00152 Rome
+39 06 534 6702

Sbanco

€€€€Affordable

If you crave real Italian pizza, head over to Sbanco for an authentic slice of Italian history. The brainchild of a group of successful entrepreneurs, Sbanco is Rome’s latest pizza place, offering delicious pizza and beautiful craft beer in an elegant post-industrialist decor. All pizzas are made in a Valoriani oven, especially selected by pizza master Stefano Callegari for a higher temperature resulting in a pleasurable “crunch”.

Address Via Siria 1
00183 Rome
+39 06 789318
19 Pier Giorgio Paglia

Giorgio is a Roman journalist and critic for several wine & food related (online) magazines and blogs. Next to that, he’s a sommelier and radio host for the Italian ‘Gusto & Dintorni’ (Taste & Surroundings) show. His 10 favorite restaurants in Rome? Right here...