On the Hunt for the Best Pizza in Rome

Ironically, it can be tough to find good pizza in Rome. While pizza is a staple of Italian diets, the city is so laden with tourist-oriented, subpar pies that it’s easy to become discouraged. Fortunately, with a bit of persistence (and the advice of our docents), it’s possible to find spots where Romans snack on al taglio slices and supplì (a deep friend ball of rice with a mozzarella surprise inside). If you want to do as the Romans do, pair your pizza with a beer and settle in. Here are our recommendations from our expert docents—chefs and food writers—for the best pizza in Rome.

best pizza in rome

Best Pizza in Rome

Da Francesco (Piazza del Fico, 29) – Navona

Situated near Piazza Navona, on the famous Piazza del Fico, Da Frencesco is consistently among our docents’ lists of best pizza in Rome. We love the atmosphere and the diverse crowds; locals young and old come with family and friends, providing a great cross-section of Italian life. The staff, meanwhile, is extremely helpful and nice. The place tends to fill up but it’s worth waiting, particularly for their beautiful terrace.

Ai Marmi (Viale di Trastevere, 53) – Trastevere

This pizzeria is very popular, frequented by Romans and tourists alike. Known to locals as L’Obitorio (the morgue or mortuary) because the long marble tables are similar to those where cadavers are displayed for identification.  Once again, arrive early to avoid waiting in line. The food is simple, but both the supplì and pizza is superbly executed—and you can see the wood-fired oven and the pizzaiolo work from your table.

Best Pizza in Rome

Magarì (Via Marco Vincenzo Coronelli, 30) – Pigneto

Away from the historical city center, you find Magarì, a rustic, welcoming place where locals meet to eat the traditional Pizza Napoletana cooked in a traditional wood oven. All their ingredients are from Naples’ region Campania.

Zizzi Pizza (Piazza di San Martino, 4/5) – Esquilino/Monti

Well known for their alici fritte (fried anchovy), Zizzi Pizza offers great cuisine and high quality organic products. This is the perfect spot to take a Pizza Al Taglio (sliced pizza) for a take-away lunch.

For a more hands on approach, try our Rome Food Tour, or check out our tips for things to do in Rome to avoid the crowds.

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