If you’re taking a short break in one of the excellent central Rome hotels, there’s no doubt you’ll be on the lookout for the city’s best food. And what food is most synonymous with Italy? Pizza! There are plenty of places to get a good pizza here, but not all are created equal. Below we make a few recommendations, but there are plenty more places. However, these are some of the most popular ones worth visiting.
In order to find what has been described as “the best pizza place in Rome”, you’ll need to make the short trek from your chosen central Rome hotels to Sforno. The Neapolitan style pizzas at Sforno have a wonderful thick crust and a Sherry-filled red sauce. There is plenty of atmosphere and it is a popular place to locals and tourists alike. The pizzas are made from fresh dough and are topped with green olives. If you’re staying in one of the central Rome hotels, you’ll have plenty of help in finding Sforno.
Pizzeria Enzo e Ciro
This pizzeria is tucked into the corner of via dei Giubbonari and has an outside courtyard where you can eat outside. Inside, you will find a wide range of pizza flavours made from freshly baked precursions. Their specialty is panzanella, which they say is a great alternative to authentic Neapolitan-style pizzas. If you’re staying in one of the central Rome hotels, you’ll have no trouble finding this pizzeria.
Trattoria Da Danilo
From the bank and the tower of Piazza Navona can be found this trattoria, which was once frequented by ardent supporters of Benito Mussolini. diners can choose from among the excellent pizzas made in a wood burning oven. The wood burning ovens here have been specially designed, allowing them to cook even the most delicate of pizzas. If you are interested in watching others enjoy their pizza, it is possible to have a sausage pizza or chicken pizza in exchange for a grand pizza. The pizzeria is housed in a building that was once a bank, and it has its own basketball court and a football pitch.
The doing away with the loan period, and returning to the basics, is something else that is worthwhile from an architectural point of view. The Hannover stands in the middle of the Italian Block where along with the teeth of the clock tower and thehaus, there is a small side street that leads to a pizza place called zeitgeist. This is the German aspect of pizza and drinks. The Hannover is the originator of the “grand pizza” – the biggest available and the most expensive. You will find the pizza here in various forms: square, with sauce and cheese; round, with potato; as well as you would expect, in triangular form. If this is not your cup of tea, stay away from the Hannover.
From Hollywood to pizza, Rome has it all. If you are staying in one of the central Rome hotels you should find some time to explore the ancient gastronomy at the Haole. There is a wide range of traditional dishes presented in a lively and informal atmosphere. The menu includes favorites such as Poseidon, a sea food salad with cocktail sauce, and ratatouille – that’s right, Ratatouille. (Where else would you find a description of this?) In fact, they serve everything you would expect on a pizzeria, with the added bonus of an underground multi-story restaurant. The service is quick and friendly.
You could start your meal with some focaccia, truffle or pecorino cheese and baked goods, followed by a salad of sliced boiled squab or squid, with a bit of goat cheese on top. To finish off, go over to the snack bar for some heavenly home-made waffle.
And that’s how you do pizza in Rome.