Who serves the best pizza in Rome? We came, we saw, we devoured. After many trips to the Eternal City from our entire staff, here are some of the best pizza places in Rome, Italy.
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Roman-Style Pizza is Square not Round
Contrary to most traditionally held beliefs about pizza, however in Italy, there are four distinct styles of pizza for which two are Roman. Both are rectangular in shape, one with rounded edges cooked as a whole in the bottom of the oven.
The more unique Roman-style pizza is baked on a cookie sheet and tends to have more toppings. This style is on display par-baked on the counter behind glass. The pizzeria will cut a size to your preference, then weigh it and charge accordingly, before heating it again in the oven. Try Pizzeria “Lo Scricciolo” Roma.
Learning to Make Pizza Near Piazza Novona
Near Piazza Novona, a famous square in the heart of Rome, is Osteria Pizzeria Pasquino. In addition to great pizza cooked in a stone hearth at the back of the restaurant in an open kitchen, the restaurant is also home to pizza and pasta cooking lessons. Their trademark is a Roman-style dough cooked in a traditional Neopolitan format. As you’ll find everywhere in Italy, pizza is a knife-and-fork affair.
Red Sauce Special
Wow – what a pie! Lantica Pizzeria Da Michele (Michele’s old pizzeria) pushes pizzas out quickly with a very hot oven. The crust didn’t quite fit on the 12″ plates. Their process quickly cooks the light dough, just charring the edges and crisping the bottom but not enough to burn the cheese. It’s perfection on a plate (and hanging over it.)
Da Michele specializes in a sauce only pizza (not pictured) that makes it one of the best in the city.
Others That Qualify
The three above are our favorites but the following are also favorites:
- Ai Marmi – For paper-thin pies try Ai Marmi: Viale di Trastevere, 53, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
- Pasticceria Panificio Panella Roma – 59, Via Merulana, 00185 Roma RM, Italy
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