Originating from a seasoned flatbread served for dinner in ancient Rome, the classic Italian pizza has come a long way from its humble beginnings. Today, discerning pizza lovers look for a crisp stone-baked base spread with fresh, home-made tomato sauce, liberally scattered with cheese and garnished with an assortment of gourmet toppings.
A dish that is simple, classic and quick to make, the pizza is embedded in Italian history, with the archetypal variety being the ever-popular margherita. This well-known pizza features a layer of tomato sauce topped with Italian mozzarella and basil, and is thought to have been created in 1889 in honour of Queen Margherita of Savoy’s visit to Naples. The streets of Rome offer a variety of different pizza eateries, from modest cafés to established pizzerias to fine dining restaurants. Many serve their own versions of traditional Italian pizza, with flavours and toppings to suit every taste.
Located away from Rome’s main shopping streets, Emma Pizzeria is popular with local families and visitors alike. Diners can choose to sit in the large, light dining room, or eat al fresco on the restaurant’s charming seated terrace. With over 25 different pizzas to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice. Options range from traditional margherita pizzas, served with locally produced mozzarella, to the more innovative white pizzas, served without tomatoes and topped with flavours such as Scottish salmon, fennel and rocket, or pepperoni and scallops.
Emma Pizzeria, Via del Monte della Farina 28-29, 00186 Rome, +39 06 6476 0475
Antico Forno Roscioli
The Roscioli family have been baking pizzas, pastries and fresh breads for four generations, keeping simple and authentic rituals at the heart of their business. A deli-style eatery displays the many products on sale, all freshly baked that day at this famous Italian bakery, situated in the heart of the city. You pay for your pizza according to the weight and size of slice cut for you. Menu highlights include the red pizza, served either warm and cold, which has a thin and crispy crust and is topped with raw tomatoes and oregano. Also popular are the bite-size mozzarella pizzas, made with fresh cheese, rich tomato sauce and a drizzle of olive oil. Antico Forno Roscioli is a perfect lunch spot.
Antico Forno Roscioli, Via dei Chiavari 34, 00186 Rome, +39 06 686 4045
Sforno’s delicious pizzas, distinctively Roman but with hints of classic Neapolitan style, are made to order using traditional methods and thickly laden with excellent toppings. Try the unique and tasty Greenwich pizza with Stilton cheese and a port reduction, keep it classic with one of the best margheritas in Italy, or indulge in one of the house specials: the cacio e pepe. Topped with lashings of ground black pepper and an insanely indulgent layer of pecorino cheese, this is a pizza to fall in love with.
Sforno, Via Statilio Ottato 110-116, 00175 Rome, +39 06 7154 6118
You’d be forgiven for thinking that pizza is an indulgent gastronomic choice rather than a healthy eating option. Streatart, however, offers high-level healthy cooking with innovative flavours. At the forefront of Italy’s lively street food scene, Streatart uses fresh and seasonal ingredients to create high-quality take-away products – enjoy as a tasty lunch while exploring the streets of Rome. Alternatively, you can choose to dine in the restaurant, with its lively and modern atmosphere. The pizza menu ranges from rucola e porcini, topped with porcini mushrooms and pumpkin cream, to salmone e fiori, made with mozzarella, courgette flowers, fresh salmon, yogurt and a handful of parsley.
Streatart, Piazza Buenos Aires 19A-B, 00198 Rome, +39 06 9761 1623