Pizzas are a speciality but the menu is great. Rossopomodoro is a chain (Maybe think Pizza Express?) around Italy. This one is in Largo di Torre Argentina, west of Piazza Venezia and three blocks south of the Pantheon. Go upstairs after entering the Tardis-like front door to a large, frantically busy local gem.
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Largo di Torre Argentina
A massive and excellent eatery in central Rome (two minutes off via del Corso), incorporating a posh restaurant, more homely osteria, wine and cookshop and - the highlight for this family - a pizzeria, which on weekends serves a magnificent brunch.
You take a large tin plate, heap it with food from the buffet, and pay by weight (returning as many times as stomach and wallet permit). The kids loved it - as did the many Italian families queuing for tables. Brilliant.
Piazza Augusto Imperatore
I had an image in my mind of the quintessential Roman pizzeria: a narrow side street, tables packed with locals, buzzing with conversation, great pizza and pasta at a reasonable price. And then, walking along Via Corso Vittorio Emmanuelle, I glanced left and there it was. Service was fast and unforgiving – you threw that order at a flying waiter and hoped it stuck – the decor simple and the demand huge, as locals lined up three-deep along the wall, looking enviously on as we lucky ones tucked into wood-oven pizzas and cheap beers. All the while the owner – only slightly less intimidating than Tony Soprano – directed the chaos like a cigar-chewing maestro. Great food, drink, company and entertainment. When in Rome...
Address: Vicolo Savelli 13, Rome.
Tel: (39-6) 6861877
Bloody good pizza. The service can be a bit unfriendly, and they rush you a bit, but the pizza is worth it. The location, not far from Piazza Navona, is great as well. It's listed in all the guide books.
Via Governo Vecchio 114, behind Piazza Navona.
I'm a student who lived in Rome last year - went and ate everywhere - and Rome is great for getting a quick slice of pizza, but the best by far is Lo Zozzone (or The Dirty One). For €3 you can have a huge slice of fresh white pizza, with whatever you want in it. Great quality and great price - I miss it so much.
Lo Zozzone, 32 Via del Teatro Pace,
(4 min walk form Piazza Navona)
Tel 06 68 80 85 75
It's a classic Roman pizzeria in the Bohemian surroundings of Trastevere.
The place is very colourful and cosy with a small terrace outside.
It's tucked away from the main drag but is perfect to soak up the special atmosphere of Trastevere.
And yes, the pizza is excellent too. By far the best pizza I've tried in Rome on several visits and the price is very reasonable.
Piazza di S.Calisto, 9/a - 00153 Roma
Truly fantastic pizza restaurant. The pizzas are huge and delicious and the local wine comes served in pitchers-that's it-that's all they do! The feel is rustic and expect to be in and out in 20 minutes but it is superb value for money and a real Roman experience.
Piazza San Callisto in Trastevere. Next door Piazza to Santa Maria in Trastevere.
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