What could be more natural than sharing a pizza with your friends in Rome where the dish was invented, right? Well, not quite right. Although Romans peasants had been dining in pizza for hundreds of years, the first pizzeria actually opened in Naples, Italy in the 1800s. Even if Rome can’t exactly lay claim to inventing pizza, though, they have certainly adopted it, and you will find many Rome pizza places around the city. You may be surprised that most places in Italy offer a wafer-thin crust instead of the thick crusts you may be used to back home.
So, where should you go to find the best Rome pizza places in the Eternal City? This article offers a few ideas.
1. Da Baffetto
Da Baffetto has the reputation for being the city’s most popular pizzeria, especially during the summer months when side street dining is popular. You will find it close to the Piazza Navona.
2. Dar Poeta
Dar Poeta, located in the Trastevere district, lays claim to a pizza dough created from a secret blends of different types of flours. Not only is the dough delicious, it is also said to be easier on the digestive system than ordinary pizza dough. This is one of the few pizzerias that allows you to choose between a thin crust and a thick crust. All pizzas offer plenty of delicious toppings.
The marble slab tables that act as decor have given this Trastevere district pizza place the unfortunate nickname of “The Mortuary.” Once you go inside, though, you’ll find a lively, friendly crowd that is anything but dead. Panattoni deliberately keeps late hours, making it a great place to come for a snack after a late movie or theater performance.
4. La Gallina Bianca
Located close to the Termini Station, this is a great place to eat your very first pizza in Rome. Here you will find traditionally thin-crusted pizzas with generous toppings. La Gallina Bianca usually draws a young, hip crowd of locals as well tourists.
5. Piazza Augusto
Piazza Augusto, sometimes known simply as ‘Gusto, is best known for its Neapolitan pizzas. Tourists report that other types of pizza ordered at the ‘Gusto may disappoint. The ‘Gusto is known as a great place to sit on the terrace and look up at the breathtaking Ara Pacis museum.