Whatever your preference, Rome has some tasty haunts where you can appreciate either style.
The correct style of Italian pizza is an age old argument which will never truly be settled. Whether you prefer the thin and crispy Roman base or the doughy, risen napoletana, we’ve rounded up the top pizzerie for each, as well as the best al taglio (by the slice) for that quick takeaway lunch.
Roman Pizzathin and crispy
Pizzeria da Remo
Piazza S.M.Liberatrice, 44
Positioned in the heart of the Testaccio district, this pizzeria is most famous for its paper thin, crispy base. Consistently popular with local Romans, be sure to arrive early or be prepared to queue. The trick here is to keep things simple, which explains why da Remo’s margherita is widely famed and almost impossible to top.
Via Monte della Farina, 28
Pizzeria, but also restaurant, Emma’s divine thin crust pizza has been carefully engineered with the highest- quality ingredients by Pierluigi Roscioli, making it stand out from the crowd. The price naturally reflects this; however, it’s well worth experiencing the delicious blend of quality dough and fresh ingredients, all the while sitting outside in the historic center of Rome.
Vicolo del Bologna, 45
Located on a cobbled side street in Trastevere, this cosy pizzeria is named after Italian poet, Belli, whose poems adorn the walls. Dar Poeta oozes character and charm and even has several outdoor tables (weather permitting.) The wide selection of doughy pizzas are served alongside a range of delicious bruschette- and can/ should be followed by Dar Poeta’s signature Nutella calzone.
Viale Trastevere, 53
This simple and laid-back pizzeria is perfect for families and large groups looking for good, honest food at an equally honest price. Commonly praised for its suppli and fried zucchini flowers, as well as its efficiently prepared pizzas, you will never leave Ai Marmi feeling hungry or unsatisfied. The perfect lunch spot for those on a modest budget.
Piazza di S. Bernardo, 99
06 4890 7042
Crunchy, yummy and with first-class ingredients, this is the type of pizza you get at Exquisitaly, a restaurant and bar in Rome’s Piazza San Bernardo. What’s unique about this pizzeria is the variety of pizzas, different from anywhere else. Each pizza is named after the capital of the Italian region it’s supposed to represent, and the typical ingredients of that region are the protagonists of each pizza. From the Napoli pizza to Ancona and Roma, it’s a journey into the ingredients and traditions of each Italian region!
Via Mantova, 5
Just east of the Villa Borghese Gardens, you’ll find this cool retro Roman pizzeria, started by two Italian brothers. This welcoming diner-style spot is refreshing, with its checkered floors and pastel colours. Their delicious artisanal pizzas are made with the freshest ingredients, and kept nice and simple. This really lets each ingredient shine. Pizzas are served already-sliced into 8 pieces, which is pretty cool when sharing a few different pizzas with friends.
Ivo a Trastevere
Via di S. Francesco a Ripa, 158
06 581 7082
This Roman pizzeria was started by Ivo Stefanelli and his wife over 40 years ago. Beginning as a sweet shop, it gained popularity fast, soon adding pizzas to the menu. Since then it’s grown bigger and bigger, and now has an extended menu that includes everything from starters to desserts. The pizzas are well-known for their perfect Roman crunch, “scrocchio”. It’s often busy, so be sure to get there early. Otherwise just get your pizzas takeaway and eat them in the nearby San Cosimato square.
Pizza Napoletanadoughy and risen
Via Statilio Ottato, 110/116
Widely recognized as one of Rome’s favorite pizzeria’s, Sforno in Cinecitta is a mustfor those seeking Napolitana style pizza with a twist. Sforno’s creativity extends to their pizza flavors (their Greenwich pizza has blue stilton chesse and a port reduction sauce and their Cacio e Pepe pizza is both well known and loved) as well as the classic fried starters… gricia flavored suppli anyone? If you’re a beer fan, be sure to wash your culinary goodnees down with one of Sforno’s wide ranging craft beers.
La Gatta Mangiona
Via F. Ozanam, 30-32
Located in Monteverde Nuovo, the ‘Greedy Cat’ Restaurant and Pizzeria serves gourmet versions of Italy’s famous pie. Seasonal and high-quality toppings, special flours, and a longer fermentation process make this Pizzeria one of the best in town. La Gatta Mangiona offers original recipes and a long list of craft beers and wines.
Via Marco Vincenzo Coronelli, 30
Filled with a certain rustic charm, Pigneto’s traditional pizzeria has an authentic Italian vibe that is both unpretentious and welcoming. Perfect for families or groups, it is always bustling with locals seeking a classic Napolitana style cooked in a traditional wood oven. Margarì offers a wide range of pizzas as well as a large selection of highly recommended cakes and craft beers.
Via Valle Corteno, 31
06 818 0960
From the people who brought you Sforno, Tonda pizzeria is the equally brilliant sequel. Combining many of the same flavours found at Sforno, it has simply brought their creations including their Trapizzini (a type of pizza sandwich) to a new part of the city. Book ahead to avoid disappointment, and to gurantee a spot outdoors where you can check out their impressive brick oven!
Seu Pizza Illuminati
Via Angelo Bargain, 10-18
06 588 3384
On the edge of Trastevere, close to the Tiber River, you can find Seu Pizza Illuminati, a restaurant great for groups of all ages to enjoy eating the finer pizzas in life. Immersed in a culture full of pizza expertise, Seu Pizza Illuminati is the ultimate heaven for the pizza lovers in your life. What I find so delicious about this restaurant’s pizza is the thick and doughy crust – crucial to the overall pizza eating experience.
Via Siria, 1
East of Rome you’ll find this bustling pizzeria, started by a group of successful entrepreneurs, including Stefano Callegari, the pizza-master behind the popular Trapizzino. With modern industrial decor, friendly staff and tasty pizzas, Sbanco ticks all the boxes. The pizza selection is a nice mix of classic and creative, all wood-fired and semi-neapolitan style. To top it off, they also have a very cool selection of beers, with very interesting flavours. This pizzeria definitely encourages it’s visitors to try something new!
Via di S. Francesco a Ripa, 103
06 581 1796
If you want to try something a little different, head to Don’s for deep-fried neapolitan pizza, pizza fritta napoletana. While the typical round neapolitan pizza is internationally famous, this traditional fried pizza of Naples is not. Visit this little hole in the wall in the charming neighbourhood of Trastevere, and enjoy the very best of this neapolitan street food. Friendly staff, an intimate atmosphere, and glass kitchen windows so you can watch them make your pizza right in front of your eyes!
Via del Moro, 43
06 5830 1756
You’ll find this simple neapolitan pizzeria in the vibrant neighbourhood of Trastevere. If you’re looking for a quality neapolitan pizza, Nerone is the place to go. While it’s not the same as actually eating a pizza in Naples, the taste is pretty spot on. Pizzas are wood-fired, bursting with authentic flavour, and named after famous ancient Roman personalities, like Seneca the philosopher. And what’s more, this place has great prices! Don’t forget to try one of their yummy homemade desserts, like the rum-soaked Baba.
Al Taglioby the slice
Via Flavia, 98
06 4202 0924
Il Pinsere is a hole in the wall Pizzeria located a couple of blocks from Termini. Unlike most Al Taglio pizzerie, they serve round, simply smaller pizzas. Due to the delicious topping combinations, the lunch time rush is a bit chaotic and not for those in a hurry. If you have time to spare; however, it is definitely worth the wait.
Via dei Giubbonari, 21
06 687 5287
This is a historical bakery widely recognized for having mastered the simple art of the dough itself. For this reason, tourists and locals flock here for their pizza bianca by the slice and enjoy it while either on the go or standing outside. Always fresh and warm, it is well worth a visit anytime you need a quick pizza recharge.
Via della Meloria, 43
06 3974 5416
Pizzarium is owned by the widely acclaimed Gabriele Bonci, Rome’s most famous pizzaiolo. Toppings here can change regularly, but tend to be very creative and piled on generously to create intense flavours. The classic recipes, as well as their excellent suppli, are available year-round.
Via Urbana, 112/113
06 481 5319
“Round and proud to be Italian” that’s the motto of this historic pizzeria from Pescara. New to Monti, Trieste is all about tradition, flavor, and a respect for high- quality ingredients. We have no doubt that this pizza cooked in a small pan will win the taste buds of Romans, locals, and tourists alike.
Piazza di San Martino, 4/5
06 8693 5996
The brainchild of two siblings (one of whom is a cook and the other an architect) Zizi Pizza is a place where great cuisine, creativity, and high quality biological products come together. The wide selection includes pizzas both by the whole and by the slice, hamburgers and danish meat, cacio e pepe, suppli, and fried anchovies. The pizzas are prepared in their artisanal laboratory, and the dough, which consists of stone ground biological flour and extra virgin olive oil is left to rise for 72 hours.
Pro Loco DOL
Via Domenico Panaroli, 35
06 2430 0765
You’ll find this little gem in the Centocelle neighbourhood. DOL started as an alimentari, a deli, offering meats, cheeses and other fresh produce from Lazio. Since then DOL has moved location and expanded to Pro Loco DOL, now serving lunch, dinner and aperitivo. The atmosphere is warm & welcoming. Pizza and bread are freshly baked in it’s kitchen, and the daily menu is written up on the dining rooms big chalkboard. If you want to experience the best of Rome’s region of Lazio, this is the place to visit!
Forno Campo de’ Fiori
Piazza Campo de’ Fiori, 22
06 9293 5426
This little bakery has been around for over 30 years, and here you can get yourself one of the city’s best pizza al taglio, pizza by the slice. Just show them how much you’d like and then pay by weight. Be sure to try their popular pizza bianca, without the tomato base, yum! Apart from pizza, Forno bakes fresh breads, biscuits and lots more. A must-try when exploring the Campo area and perfect as a take away to munch on as you explore more of the city by foot.
Via Giuseppe Lunati, 25/31
06 559 3368
If you’re looking for a more upscale pizza experience, this is your spot. More of a restaurant than a pizzeria, the prices are a lot higher. However, it is popular amongst foodies willing to pay to eat great pizza in style. In Fucina has a different approach to their pizza, adding most of their toppings on after the dough has cooked, making it more like a flatbread. They also serve the pizza pre-sliced and one at a time, so that everyone can try each pizza together, one by one. It can get busy so booking a table is recommended.