I fancy myself somewhat of a pizza expert. I studied in New Haven, live in Rome, and spend lots of time in Naples, so I eat an insane number of pies and spend a lot of time thinking, writing, and talking about pizza. Some days l eat it at breakfast, lunch, and dinner and it is not a subject that I take lightly. It is in that spirit that I present to you this roundup:
Thin crust Roman style:
Li Rioni on Via Dei Ss. Quattro Coronati, 24 in the Celio
Da Remo on Piazza Santa Maria Liberatrice, 44 in Testaccio
Honorable mention, open at lunchtime:
La Montecarlo on Vicolo Savelli, 13 near Piazza Navona
Dal Paino on Via di Parione 34 near Piazza Navona.
For the best pizza al taglio, check out 00100 in Testaccio, Zaza’ (Piazza di Sant’Eustachio, 49), Roscioli (both locations), Panificio Monti in Monti, Passi in Testaccio, Pizzarium behind the Cipro metro stop, and Forno Campo de’ Fiori in Campo.
For excellent boutique pizza (high quality ingredients, long rising, carefully honed recipes), check out Sforno (Via Statilio Ottato, 110-116), La Gatta Mangiona (Via F. Ozanam, 30-32), and La Fucina (Via G. Lunati 25-31).
Please avoid Rome’s most overrated pizzerie, both in Trastevere: Dar Poeta and Bir e Fud, serving inedible pizzas with a smile and wonky pizzas with a frown, respectively.