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Oct 2, 2009 05:05 PM

Best Pizza in Rome, Italy. Any advise?

Planning to visit Italy and Rome in April 2010 and hubby and I love real italian food and Pizza.
These places look cool but I am not sure. Did you try any of these pizza restaurants? Any suggestion? PLease help:-)
Thanks for your help

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  1. Go to Naples for the best best pizza.
    Most of the pizza in Rome is for tourists.
    Eat the Carciofi alla giudia, Bucatini all'Amatriciana, Saltimboca alla Romana when in Rome.
    Going to Rome to eat pizza is like an Italian coming to the US, going to Maine for Fried Chicken.

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    1. re: Clove

      thats an overstatement. Romans are pizza enthusiasts too, and the neighborhoods are full of Romans eating it. The roman style is a bit different from the neapolitan style, with thinner crusts. Also less cheese and toppings than you may be used to. Most pizzerias serve in the evening only and sell individual pies - others sell al taglie, pieces sold by weight. Alother alternativie is the "pizza bianco", really more like a focaccio, sold around town, notably at the Fornos in Campo di Fiori. Great for a snack. So if you want pizza, go for it.
      On the other hand, Clove has a point in recommending the truly Roman dining speciaties to have the best characteristic eating experience. there are lots of post on this board recommending restaurants in rome in all price ranges and I hope you look.

      1. re: Clove

        I cannot comment on italytravelista's list of Roman pizzerias, but I definitely agree with jen kalb's post. Roman's are just adamant about their pizza as Neopolitans. To say that pizza in Rome is for tourists is hogwash. Just about every pizzeria I've been to in Rome has more locals than tourists. Search this board and you will find many posts on pizzerias in Rome. Most are in Roman style though there will be a few that serves the thicker Naple style. I wouldn't miss e ating a pizza in Rome as I wouldn't miss eating bucatini all'Amatriciana.

        1. re: PBSF

          Hogwash is an understatement.

      2. We had pizza at Da Baffetto on our recent trip and thoroughly enjoyed it, that line moves pretty fast. Mostly due to the brusque and efficient service, which we didn't consider rude and awful as previous comments have suggested. Not sure about the alternatives that are listed, didn't try any of those.

        1. My favorite pizza in Rome is a little out of the way, but IMO, worth it. Take the Metro to Piramide and walk a few blocks west on via Marmorata. When you pass the Volpeti store (go in if its open!) turn left into the center of Testaccio. Ask anyone for directions to Pizzaria Remo. Its a local institution. You may have to wait for outside seating. Great fun.

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          1. re: DaleJ

            I must agree wholeheartedly- some of the best pizza I've ever head. Would have had it every night if there weren't so many other amazing wonderful places to eat in rome! Especially in Testaccio!

          2. Thank you so much for the great information. After doing more research, I am finding many recommended pizza places and restaurants that we can't wait to try, including da Baffetto.

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            1. re: cyboinitaly

              I'm definitely no expert on eating in Rome, but was there a couple days earlier this summer and we loved Buffetto (or however it's spelled, sorry). My only advice is to order an appetizer -- it took a very very long time for the pizza to arrive, worth the wait, but we were hungry and drinking wine on an empty stomach. ( I'm not complaining about the wait for the pizza, I think we just didn't realize the thing to do was order the fried zucchini flowers or whatever, and that we wouldn't be too full for the pizza then). I do think it was mostly, maybe all, tourists there (was the height of summer tourist season), but many of them seemed to be Italians, just not from Rome. (We had pizza elsewhere at somewhere recommended in our guidebook as a top-five Rome pizza place, and it really wasn't as good).

              Since coming back we keep wishing somewhere here in the States would serve Roman style pizza, instead of only Neopolitan ;)

            2. Love da Beffetto IF you get there by 7 so you don't wait in line.
              Also love Pizzeria Remo, 44 Piazza Santa Maria Liberatrice, closed Sunday
              Best cachio e pepe is at Ditirambo, 1 block from Campo dei Fiore in tiny Piazza della Cancelleria--see if they have their pear/gorgonzola souffle (swoonable).
              Armando al Pantheon, 31 salita de' crescenzi, reserve, tiny, Claudio-chef/owner;daughter Fabrizio & husband Mario wait tables.
              Enoteca Corsi,lunch only,87 via del Gesu,ask for my beautiful friend,Claudia,her parents own it. closed Sunday.
              Le Mani in Pasta, 37 via dei Genovesi, s side Trastevere,reserve,carbonara,gnocchiette w/fava beans,cherry tom,truffles; spag. vernaccia, gorgonzola ice cream in almond pastry.
              Trattoria Monti for the Camerucci brothers, Enrico & Daniele & their Momma's tortinos, (cheese flans) & house white Verdicchio + pasta they rec.
              Nino, via Borgognona 11 (S Steps area), for their bean soup, ribolita..wonderful.
              Osteria del Sostegno, 5 via delle Colonnelle, Marco Mazzoni-owner,saltimbocca,near Pantheon.
              Sora Margherita, 30 Piazza delle Cinque Scole, Jewish Ghetto, artichoke guidia,hole-in-the-wall like eating in your Ital. grandmother's kitchen. 12-15:30 M-F
              Alla Rampa, cash, behind Amer Express Office to the right of base of Spanish Steps, 12:30-14:30, 19:30-23 T-Sa,closed Sun.,BEST antipasti lunch buffet (1 trip only), spag. vongole, osso bucco, tiramasu
              Buon Appetito!

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              1. re: RomeAddict

                Wow! Thanks for the amazing list! Thank you so much! Any suggestion for Tivoli gardens?

                1. re: cyboinitaly

                  Tivoli Gardens are in Copenhagen. There is a town called Tivoli east of Rome. Its main attractions are the Villa of Hadrian and the Villa d'Este, with extensive gardens.