When I visited Rome, I knew I wanted to try the famous pizza.
Roman pizza is some of the best in Italy, and I wanted to get a good sense of how it stacked up compared to other cities.
Pizza is my favorite food. I’ve tried it all over the world, and people have told me I would be missing out if I didn’t travel to Rome.
I’ve been several times, and each time I go I pick up a new favorite.
No matter where you’re headed in the Eternal City, we have a pizza restaurant for you.
My friends and I have found many excellent examples of Roman pizza.
We came up with the comprehensive list below.
Via Federico Ozanam, 30-32, 00152 Roma RM, Italy
Phone: +39 06 534 6702
La Gatta Mangiona is a busy, fun neighborhood spot with excellent food here in Rome.
It is located on Via Federico Ozanam, about a mile from Colle del Gianicolo. It is an easy walk from the tram line.
On the menu, we found both red and white pizzas.
We ordered a variety of pies, and our favorites were the Margherita Thai (tomato, cheese, and Thai toppings) and the Fiori (cheese, zucchini blossom, and anchovies).
Everything we tried was fresh and delicious.
The extensive menu also features fried appetizers like croquettes, fritto misto platters, and various vegetables.
Wine and beer are on the menu with a selection of local Roman brews.
Via della Meloria, 43, 00136 Roma RM, Italy
Phone: +39 06 3974 5416
Famous chef Gabriele Bonci, the “Michelangelo of Pizza,” opened this restaurant in 2003.
His Pizzarium found fame in the United States when Anthony Bourdain featured it on an episode of The Layover.
Ever since hungry American foodies put it on their “must” lists when visiting Rome.
Order the slice you want, and you’ll pay by weight.
Our favorites were the burrata with smoked salmon, mozzarella with potato, and foie gras.
You should know that the lines for Pizzarium can be long.
Try to get there in off hours if you want to enjoy a slice without standing in line for an hour.
The restaurant is located in the neighborhood behind the Vatican.
Be careful when walking there since mapping apps may steer you toward the highway.
Via Siria, 1, 00179 Roma RM, Italy
Phone: +39 06 789318
Sbanco is located in Appio Latino, close to a large park and the Basilica San Giovanni.
It’s a brewpub in addition to a pizzeria, and it attracts craft brew lovers from all over Rome.
We found the restaurant was packed with locals, which is always a good sign.
The pizza options range from Roman staples to creative pies like Cacio e Pepe.
My vegetarian friends were able to find many tasty options as well.
Pizza isn’t the only thing on the menu.
We also found tasty meat dishes and desserts.
Trapizzino is classic Roman street food, a specially folded pizza pocket you can eat on the go.
We saw Trapizzino in a few places before deciding to stop there, and after we tried it, we wondered why it took us so long.
Our favorites were the eggplant parmigiana and the double burrata with anchovies.
We were hesitant to try the beef tongue in salsa verde.
But one of my friends said it was the best pizza he’d had in Rome.
Trapizzino has locations in Testaccio, Ponte Milvio, Trilussa, and Piazzale Provincie, all surrounded by even more amazing places to eat.
Via dei Chiavari, 34, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Phone: +39 06 686 4045
Antico Forno Roscioli is a full-service bakery that serves some of the best pizza in Rome.
The crust is similar to focaccia.
My favorite was the potato and rosemary flatbread.
You can pack a nice picnic when you stop at Antico Forno Roscioli.
Check out their bread and desserts when you get a pizza slice.
Be aware that the bakery doesn’t have seating, public restrooms, or table service.
The bakery is only a tenth of a mile from Campo de Fiori and a few blocks from the Tiber River.
You can eat outside and enjoy the Roman street life.
Campo de’ Fiori, 22, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Phone: +39 06 6880 6662
This pizzeria is in the famous Campo de Fiori.
It opens early and offers a selection of beautiful baked goods and traditional Roman pizza.
Ordering Roman pizza is fun: you show the server how much you want by holding your hands apart, and they cut it to order.
The pizzas are perfect in their simplicity and aren’t crowded with toppings.
My personal favorite was the buffalo mozzarella. Both red and white pizzas are available.
The bakery doesn’t have seating, but you can take your pizza to go and sit in the beautiful square by the fountain.
Since it’s in such a busy tourist area, the line can be long and the service abrupt.
Via Flavia, 98, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
Phone: +39 06 4202 0924
This pizzeria is on Via Flavia in the Sallustiano neighborhood.
It is an easy walk from the Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri.
It’s a walk-in restaurant with no seating.
You can pick up slices by weight along with cold drinks and beer and take them outside.
Every day, the pizza choices are different.
We appreciated the creative vegetarian selections, like the broccoli and olives and the Margherita with chili oil.
I loved the crust, which is crispy and yet somehow fluffy at the same time.
If something looks good to you, be sure to get it the first time you see it because it’s unlikely to be there the next day.
Via Ostiense, 56, 00154 Roma RM, Italy
Phone: +39 06 5730 5081
This restaurant is located on the busy Via Ostiense between Via del Porto Fluviale and Via Francesco Negri.
It is only a little way from the Piazza del Gazometro.
The centerpiece of this pizzeria is its wood-fired oven.
Unlike many pizzerias we visited, this one has inside seating. If you don’t mind being warm, sit by the oven if you can.
The restaurant is full of locals, and their animated chatter helps to project a genuinely Roman atmosphere.
The huge range of toppings allows you to create your own pizzas.
My favorite choices are the gorgonzola, salmon, and zucchini flowers.
Be aware that the restaurant is only open for dinner from 6:30 p.m. onward.
Via Genazzano, 32, 00177 Roma RM, Italy
Phone: +39 347 999 8983
This restaurant is located on Via Genazzano across from Villa Gordiani park, away from most tourist locations. However, it’s absolutely worth the trip.
The chef, Mirko Rizzo, makes it his mission to bring round Roman pizza into the future while honoring traditional flavors.
You can get basic pizzas with the freshest ingredients.
Still, I wanted to try the Rocci with eggplant, feta, and tomato confit. It and everything we tried was outstanding.
Unlike many pizzerias in Rome, 180grammi takes reservations.
Be sure to put yours in at least a few days in advance to experience the traditional and modern pizzas served here.
Via Aldo Manuzio 66C Nuovo Mercato di Testaccio Box, 22, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
Phone: +39 06 8913 2652
Located in the New Testaccio Market, Casa Manco is the perfect place to pick up a pizza for a picnic while browsing.
The New Testaccio Market is close to the Giardino Famiglia di Consiglio, the hub of local activity in the morning and early afternoon.
Casa Manco has a nice variety of vegan-friendly and meat pizzas.
My favorite is the white sesame pizza, which is crispy, crunchy, and nutty.
One of my friends got the potato and taleggio pizza and loved it.
You can also get creative options like the pumpkin and licorice pizza.
Viale dei Monfortani, 18, 00135 Roma RM, Italy
Phone: +39 06 338 8481
This small pizzeria is located close to Monte Mario station.
It has a few indoor seats, but most people take their food to go.
It’s a casual, unpretentious restaurant with some of the best pizza you can get in Rome.
It is a tourist-friendly restaurant.
Da Remo should be on your list if you want some of Rome’s best crust in a casual and affordable setting.
Da Remo’s crusts are thin and crispy with a wide range of tasty toppings.
Service is fast, although a bit impersonal. The restaurant is only open for dinner.
Via del Monte della Farina, 28, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Phone: +39 06 6476 0475
Emma pizzeria is a sit-down restaurant with a food emporium attached.
You can eat a fantastic meal and take food back to your hotel for snacks or a picnic later.
The restaurant is in central Rome, close to the Pantheon and Campo de Fiori.
Emma uses fine organic flour and French sea salt in its dough, setting it apart from the competition.
You can get delicious traditional pizzas or go for one of Emma’s signature pies like the Zibello and Buffalo Mozzarella.
My favorite was the Scozzese e Bufala with Scottish smoked salmon.
Via Rialto, 16, 00136 Roma RM, Italy
Phone: +39 06 9437 9945
La Pratolina is a busy casual restaurant that also offers delivery and takeout.
The restaurant is close to the corner of Via Cipro in central Rome.
You will want to get there early because the restaurant fills up fast.
My friends and I tried many toppings, and I thought the ‘nduja (a Sicilian sausage) was the best.
We also loved the fennel and mushrooms.
You should also check out the focaccia, made from a special recipe, and the desserts.
Via Trionfale, 36, 00195 Roma RM, Italy
Phone: +39 06 3973 4457
Located not far from the Vatican in the Trionfale district, this pizzeria is also owned by the famous Gabriele Bonci.
It’s a counter-service restaurant with long lines but a relatively short wait once you place your order.
I loved the pizzette, small pizzas on a focaccia-type dough.
These are best enjoyed with one topping at a time.
If you want to try Gabriele Bonci’s creations in a quick-service setting, Panficio Bonci is right for you.
You can also pick up amazing sweets and other baked goods.
Via del Lavatore, 91, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
Phone: +39 06 6938 0163
Piccolo Buco has a gorgeous location beside the famous Trevi Fountain, but it’s not just for tourists.
An hour’s wait is expected, but many visitors and locals say it’s worth it.
Rather than the crisp crust of the traditional Roman pizza, Piccolo Buco’s crust is the pillowy and chewy Neapolitan variety.
My favorite thing on the menu at Piccolo Buco is the ricotta and mint pizza.
Many of the toppings come from local farms participating in the “Slow Food” movement. My friends also raved about the pasta dishes.