Find the best pizza in Rome

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updated 06.06.2024

Looking for the best pizza in Rome? Naples might be the birthplace of pizza, but Roman pizza is in a league of its own, check out our guide to the best pizzeria in the city for proof. The information in this article is taken from The Rough Guide to Italy your essential guide for visiting Italy.

Unlike Neapolitan pizza, the Roman version is thin crust with plenty of olive oil in the dough. The result is a crunchy finish that's often best savoured at the city's historic pizzeria.

Although you'd be wrong to miss some of the great pizza newcomers, not least of all for their blended flour innovations and incredible range of gourmet toppings. Ready to tuck in? Discover where to go first.

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1. Da Remo: best pizza in Rome experience

Da Remo is a Testaccio institution known for its authentic local atmosphere and outstanding Roman pizzas. They don't take reservations so you can always expect to queue for one of the crowded tables here.

Plus, the service can be slow and on the surly side. However, the thin and crispy pizza is worth a wait and even the classic Margherita tastes sublime. If you like Testaccio, try a guided food tour of the neighbourhood.

2. Emma: best pizza restaurant in Rome for refinement

Emma in Rome is the Roscioli family restaurant and famous for its refined pizzas. Pierluigi Roscioli is the head baker, toppings are the responsibility of Salumeria Roscioli and aficionados flock here nightly.

Only ingredients like Tuscan olive oil and Campania mozzarella are fine enough for Emma's pizzas. And the light and airy pizzeria also has a good wine list. If you want to stay nearby, book Magenta Luxury Sant'Anna.


Find the best pizza places in Rome in authentic neighbourhoods © Oksana Mizina/Shutterstock

3. Ai Marmi: one of the best pizza restaurants in Rome

When you want a retro Trastevere vibe to go with great pizza, head to Ai Marmi early in the evening before the queues hit this legendary local pizzeria.

Look forward to communal marble tables, strip-lights and a no frills design policy, because pizza - baked in a vast, woodfired oven - is the real star here. Get to know more Trastevere cooking legends on a street food tour.

4. Pizzarium: best pizza in Rome on the run

For pizza by the slice, Pizzarium is one of the best places in the city. Only a short walk from the Vatican, this superior fast-food pizzeria is also a great sightseeing pitstop and always packed with avid customers.

The owner, Gabriele Bonci has re-invented the traditional Roman pizza crust by incorporating spelt-rich flour in the dough. The result is a slightly earthier base, that's no less delicious and perfectly complements Pizzarium's choice of gourmet toppings.

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5. Trapizzino: best pizza hybrid invention

Trapizzino is the pizza hybrid invented by Stefano Callegari and hailed as the new Roman street food. It's basically triangles of pizza bianca stuffed with classic Roman fillings like oxtail stew.

You'll find Trapizzino in Testaccio and if it inspires you to try your hand at creative cooking, think about taking home a skill and learn how to make traditional Roman pizza with local experts.


Try Coda alla vaccinara stuffed Trapizzino in Testaccio © Fanfo/Shutterstock

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Rough Guides Editors

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updated 06.06.2024

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