Pizza in Rome
Buonasera! Stasera andiamo in pizzeria, vieni anche tu?
Going out for a pizza in Rome is an experience. Everybody gets their own pizza. There are two "sit-down" versions: Roman and Naples style. For Romans, Romana (slightly thinner and crunchier) is traditional, and to be had at your local neighborhood place, which is chaotic, fast paced and usually takes no reservations. But the most praised pizza comes from Naples, where it was invented sometime in the 1800s. Napoletana is chewy, with a thicker, (some say better) sourdough crust to be had with tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella and basil. In Rome you can find both versions.
If you are very hungry, when at a pizzeria get some typical antipasti. My favorites are suppli (breaded, deep fried risotto ball with tomato sauce and a little mozzarella) fiori di zucca (a deep-fried, battered, zucchini flower stuffed with melted mozzarella and a hint of anchovy) or a classic bruschetta al pomodoro (toasted or grilled bread with garlic, fresh tomatoes, basil, salt, extra virgin olive oil).
For a light (and vegan) pizza, order a marinara (tomato sauce, garlic, oregano, extra virgin olive oil) with a vegetable if you want.
For a classic, go with the margherita which is tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese.
As a novelty, get a capricciosa: tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, prosciutto, mushrooms, artichokes, some olives and a half hard boiled egg on top.
2017 list of distinguished pizzerias and pizza establishments
Considered are establishments that meet all or most of the following requirements: high quality food, tradition, ambiance, friendliness or professionalism of staff, and consistency.
Pizzeria Ai Marmi Viale di Trastevere, 53 (Trastevere)
Dar Poeta Vicolo del Bologna, 45 (Trastevere)
Alle Carrette Via della Madonna dei Monti, 95 (Monti-Collosseum)
Li Rioni Via S. Quattro, 24 (Monti-Collosseum)
Nuovo Mondo Via Amerigo Vespucci, 9 (Testaccio)
Pizzeria Remo Piazza di Santa Maria Liberatrice 44 (Testaccio)
Baffetto, Baffetto 2, La Montecarlo, Pizzeria Emma are all near Campo de' Fiori. They are good options, although sometimes hit and miss. Too bad Leoncino near the Spanish Steps recently closed... it had been open for over 90 years...
La Gatta Mangiona Via Federico Ozanam, 30 (Monteverde)
Bir & Fud Via Benedetta, 23 (Trastevere)
Porto Fluviale Via di Porto Fluviale, 22 (Ostiense)
Al Grottino Via Orvieto, 6. (San Giovanni)
Tonda Via Valle Corteno, 31 (Nomentana)
Sforno Via Statilio Ottato 110 (Cinecitta')
In Fucina Via Giuseppe Lunati, 25 (Portuense)
72 ore Viale Marco Fulvio Nobiliore, 88 (Tuscolana)
Pro Loco Pinciano Via Bergamo 18 (Piazza Fiume)
If you can't wait till dinner to have pizza, consider getting some pizza al taglio (by the slice which is sold by the weight.)
Some of my favorites:
Forno Campo de Fiori
Mercato Centrale (Termini)
Private walking tour of Rome - Italian Culinary Adventure
Hotels in Rome - Restaurants in Rome