Where to find the best pizza in Rome

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There are many fine reasons to visit Rome – its ancient ruins, its glorious renaissance architecture, its stunning mosaics, frescoes and piazzas… The list is extensive. But there’s more to visiting a city than gazing at its historic treasures, to truly understand a place you must avail yourself of its finest cuisine. So, as they say, when in Rome
 
Everybody loves pizza, right? There are plenty of varieties and no end of geographic variation (Neapolitan, Chicago, New York slice, Sicilian…) but the basic concept really is universally popular. You can get great pizza pretty much everywhere these days. But there are a few must-visit locations for pizza pilgrims and Rome is definitely near the top of the list. 
 
Head to the right joint and pizza can be a traveller’s best friend – it’s cheap, delicious and readily available. So take note if you’re staying at Generator Rome, the best pizzerias won’t break the bank but they will give you a taste of the city’s most exciting gastronomy.
 

Pizzarium 

Via della Meloria, 43, 00136 
Pizzarium is that rare thing, a globally hyped foodie mecca that’s both accessible and reasonably priced. Run by Gabriele Bonci, who’s been dubbed ‘the Michelangelo of pizza’, this small shop stays true to pizza’s humble origins, offering pizza by the slice (‘pizza al taglio’) in a bustling, unpretentious space with barely any room for diners. But, despite the modesty of its presentation, Pizzarium is widely considered to be one of the world’s most innovative pizza restaurants. Bonci’s studiously concocted dough takes centre stage but Pizzarium’s restlessly inventive toppings demand exploration.

 

Sforno

116, Via Statilio Ottato, 110, 00175
Stefano Callegari may be Rome’s foremost pizza innovator and Sforno is one of three pizzarias - alongside Tonda and Sbanco - with his name over the door. Controversially, Callegari’s pizzas are very much in the Neapolitan style (think soft, elastic bases) which may have counted against his inclusion on our list if they weren’t so unmissably delicious. Callegari’s experimental approach is exemplified by his cacio e pepe pizza, which recreates the classic ‘cheese and pepper’ Roman pasta dish by cooking a plain base with ice on it – to keep it moist – before generously covering with grated pecorino and pepper.

 

Da Remo

Piazza di Santa Maria Liberatrice, 44, 00153
A Roman institution, Da Remo’s bustling location in Testaccio and none-more-authentic Roman pizza, served fresh from the oven, marks it out as one of the city’s best loved pizzerias. If you’re looking for a pizza that embodies the Roman style (a paper thin, impeccably crispy base) with little in the way of bells and whistles, then you’ll struggle to find a better place. Be warned, Da Remo gets pretty hectic. But don’t despair if you fail to score a table, just grab a takeout pizza and enjoy it in the park across the street.

 

La Gatta Mangiona

Via Federico Ozanam, 30-32, 00152
A little off the tourist trail in the Monteverde neighbourhood but building a big reputation nonetheless, La Gatta Mangoina has won favour with the locals by finding a happy place somewhere between Roman and Neapolitan style pizza. So thick and chewy bases in the Neapolitan tradition take on a distinctly Roman crispiness. It works, which is why a reservation is necessary most nights of the week.

 

Ai Marmi

Viale di Trastevere, 53, 00153
Strictly speaking, this storied pizzeria in Trastevere is called Panattoni, but legend dictates that even guidebooks must refer to it by the unofficial name its distinctive interior has earned it - ‘Ai Marmi’ (The Marble Slabs). You may also call it 'l’Obitorio' (The Morgue) for the same reason. Ai Marmi is a Roman institution, serving up picture-perfect thin and crispy pizzas to a baying mob with relentless efficiency. Open until 2AM, Ai Marmi offers a bustling, unpretentious slice of authentic Roman nightlife and some of the city’s tastiest pizzas.

 

Emma

Via del Monte della Farina, 28, 00186
Undoubtedly one of the best exponents of the classic thin crust Roman pizza, Emma is also handily located in the heart of the city, making it the obvious stop-off for fly-by-night visitors intent on a taste of local pizza at its finest. Emma is a spacious sit-down restaurant that pairs authentic Roman pizzas with top-notch suppli and bruschetta. If you’re on the lookout for a central spot that nails the staples of Roman cookery, Emma is solid bet.

 

Generator Rome

Via Principe Amedeo, 251, 00185
And of course, if you don’t fancy travelling very far at all, there’s always Generator Rome’s own pizzas to sample. In our humble opinion, there’s no better way to feast on Italy’s most famous dish than within the comfort of your own accommodation. Available with a wide variety of toppings and accompanying dishes, enjoy a tasty treat like no other when you eat a Pizza at Generator Rome.