You want to eat a good take away pizza in Rome? There are many possibilities. In Rome, pizza is one of the staple foods such as pasta and brioche. You will not only find pizza in restaurants and pizzerias, but also in many bakers, in supermarkets and in fast-food restaurants. It is usually prepared in an electric oven. Some old-established bakeries also have wood-burning ovens. The pizza is sold by weight and you can save a lot of money and time when traveling with a pizza on the go.
Bakeries · Pizza makers in Rome
In Rome, there are numerous ways to buy freshly baked take-away pizza. I would therefore advise against buying pizza in a bar where it has been in the counter for a while and needs to be warmed up.
In addition to the numerous bakeries – “panificio” – which make salty and sweet pastries as well as pizza, there are some long-established companies that produce mainly pizza. They have large, professional ovens. The oven is called “forno” in Italian and you can recognize these pizza bakers in Rome mostly by the inscription Forno.
In the ovens, the pizza is baked in long flat bread. They are then cut and sold by weight. In addition to the classic variants you will also find today pizza with sauces of Roman cuisine and other toppings.
With many ovens you will also find fried antipasti, such as baked rice balls. They are called Supplì or, the variant from Sicily, Arancini.
The classic varieties are the white pizza – pizza bianca or focaccia – without toppings and only with a little oil and herbs, the red pizza – pizza rossa – only with tomato sauce and oregano. The marinara is with tomato sauce, oregano and garlic and the margherita with tomato sauce and mozzarella. In addition, there are all sorts of other variants, cheese without tomato sauce, with potatoes, with coarse Italian sausage, with zucchini and anchovies, with artichokes and much more. A variant is that the white pizza is folded up and filled like a sandwich.
Traditional pizza ovens in Rome
I would like to introduce you to some of the long-established “Forni.”
Forno Campo de’ Fiori · At Campo de’ Fiori
The oven Campo de’ Fiori is as old as the place. It is located to the left of the restaurant La Carbonara. Here you will find classic pizza from the wood-burning oven and the usual deep-fried appetizers. The white pizza is folded up and stuffed deliciously, for example with beef ham and rocket. There are also sweet pastries and cakes.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 7:30am-2:30pm, 4:45-8. Saturday afternoon is closed in July and August. The shop on the corner Campo de ‘Fiori / Vicolo del Gallo: Monday to Saturday 10:30am-4:45pm.
How to get there: Bus 46, 62, 64, 916(F) to Corso Vittorio Emanuele / Navona and via Piazza della Cancelleria or Via de’ Baullari to Campo de’ Fiori
Antico forno Roscioli · Between Campo de’ Fiori and the Ghetto
The Roscioli family have been bakers in Rome since 1824. The oven is one of the best in Rome and is located in Via Chiavari 34, which is a side street of Via dei Giubbonari that leads from Campo de’ Fiori to the ghetto. Here you will not only find classic wood-fired pizzas, but also a wide selection of bread, sandwiches, snacks and pastries.
But the Rosciolis not only run the oven: just around the corner in Via dei Giubbonari 21 they run a delicatessen with restaurant and a little further in the direction of the ghetto a café in Piazza Benedetto Cairoli 16. A wine bar is the Rimessa Roscioli in Via del Conservatorio 58. An institution in Rome, the Rosciolis!
Hours: Weekdays: 7am-7:30pm, Sundays 8am-6pm
How to get there: Tram 8 to Arenula / Cairoli and then walk towards Campo de’ Fiori; Bus 46, 62, 64, 916(F) to Corso Vittorio Emanuele / Sant’Andrea Della Valle and right past the church by Largo Chiavari
Panella · Between the Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore and the Colosseum
Panella in Via Merulana 54 has been a baker in Rome since 1929. The Via Merulana starts at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore and just after the first traffic light, you will find Panella on the left.
Panella not only offers pizza and bread, but many selected specialties, small art works of bread and Arabic specialties. Pannella also offers delicatessen, pasta, wine, grappas and liquors. In front of the shop there are tables with service. Panella with its selected quality is priced on the top.
Opening hours daily: 7am-11pm, Saturdays until midnight, pizza baked on stone 8am-8pm
How to get tehre: From the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore walk 350m through Via Merulana, from the Colosseum walk 1km by Via della Domus Aurea and Via Mecenate, Bus 16, 75, 714 to Merulana / Brancaccio
Antico Forno la Renella · Trastevere
Antico Forno la Renella is located in Trastevere, Via del Moro 15. From Piazza Trilussa, at Ponte Sisto, turn left onto Via del Moro. Renella values tradition and bakes pizza, bread and biscuits with traditional ingredients in the wood-burning oven. The bakery goes through the whole block and there is ample space behind the inconspicuous entrance to eat the pizza right in the bakery.
How to get there: Tram 8 to Largo Gioacchino Belli and then walk through Via della Renella and Via dei Politeama to the back entrance of the pizzeria. Bus 23 to Lungotevere Farnesina / Trilussa.
Pizza specialties in Rome
In addition to the bakeries with their large professional ovens, there are some smaller places that develop special recipes and products with a lot of imagination and commitment. Here I introduce you to some.
CasaManco · In the Mercato Testaccio
In the Testaccio market is one of Rome’s best pizza makers: CasaManco at booth No. 22. If you’re a lover of street food, then you’ve come to the right place! The stalls in the Testaccio market are famous worldwide and so are CasaManco. Andrew and Paola offer you a warm atmosphere, pizza and … pizza. Paola is happy to explain the ingredients of the different pizzas in her best English. Their pizza is high with crunchy bottom and made with excellent organic flour and ingredients. The dough rests at least 72 hours, making it particularly airy. The pizza you find here is basically a baked sandwich. Depending on the season, you can also find strawberries with raw ham on the pizza.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 8:30am-3:30pm
How to get there: Metro B to Piramide and then walk around 1km through the Testaccio district; Bus 718, 719 from Piramide to Galvani/Zabaglia or Franklin.
Gabriele Bonci · Pizzarium · Mercato centrale
In some restaurants you can also find some fancier combinations. The pizza is often combined with the ingredients of Roman cuisine. For example, pizza with meatballs in tomato sauce or white pizza with the typical Roman stuffed oxtail in tomato sauce, the “Coda alla Vaccinara”. In particular, there are also pizza, which are covered with the Roman pasta sauces, so Cacio e Pepe, Gricia, Amatriciana and Carbonara.
Very creative is Gabriele Bonci. He has written books and appears on television with his own program, “Pizza Hero”. He makes a high pizza and there is a large selection of toppings. You can taste them in the Pizzarium in Via della Meloria 43, near the Metro A Station Cipro and not far from the Vatican Museums. Bonci can also be found in the Mercato Centrale in Termini Station.
Trapizzino® is an innovative interpretation of pizza, a practical and enjoyable combination of pizza and Roman cuisine. Triangular bags of pizza dough are filled with everything, including the specialties of Roman and other regional cuisines such as codfish with chickpeas, lamb innards or vitello tonnato. The Trapizzino has been named Best Italian Street Food by Street Food Heroes. There are five shops of Trapizzino in Rome. Every day different fillings are offered, four to five per day. Some shops also offer supplì.
These are the points of sale of Trapizzino:
Testaccio, Via Giovanni Branca, 88, Trapizzini and Supplì, Tuesday-Sunday 12pm-1am
Ponte Milvio, Piazzale di Ponte Milvio 13, Trapizzini and Supplì, Monday-Friday 11am-1am, Saturday 12pm-2am, Sunday 12pm-12am
Trastevere, Piazza Trilussa 46, Trapizzini and Supplì, Sunday-Thursday 10am-1am, Friday and Saturday 10am-2am
Vatican, in the beer hall Be.Re in Via Vespasiano, 11am-2am
Termini Station, on the side of Via Giolitti in the Mercato Centrale, 8am-12am
Pizza al taglio · Pizza from the baking tray
The pizza al taglio in Rome should have a thin crunchy bottom. Pizza from the tin can be found in the center of Rome almost every second street corner. The wide range also includes all sorts of qualities. I would therefore like to introduce you to a chain where you can find an evenly good pizza everywhere in Rome, namely
Alice Pizza is a franchise company with more than 70 fast food restaurants in Rome. Thanks to the recipes and quality assurance, Alice Pizza offers a consistently good quality and I highly recommend the pizza. The bottom of the pizza is thin and crispy. The menu selection of the restaurants is not the same for all. The most also have different varieties of fried rice balls, Supplì and arancini, fried zucchini flowers, fried codfish (baccalà) and fried olives with meat filling (olive ascolane).
Hours: most of Alice Pizza’s points are open daily and open between 9 and 10 am and close between 9 pm and 10 pm
Where to find Alice Pizza: Alice Pizza points can be found all over Rome. Some points in the center are:
Vatican: Between St. Peter’s Basilica and Piazza Risorgimento in Via delle Grazie 7/9 opening 9am-9pm
Piazza del Popolo / Piazzale Flaminio: in Via Flaminia 38 Opening 8am-10:30pm, Sat / Sun 10am-10:30pm
Campo de ‘Fiori: Via dei Baullari 140 Opening 10am-10pm
Torre Argentina: On the side of Corso Vittorio Emanuele opening 10am-10pm
Ghetto: Alice Kosher Portico of Ottavia in Via Portico d’Ottaviano 7 Opening 10am-10pm Closed on Saturdays, Fridays until 4pm
Termini Station: Right from the station in Via Marsala 66, opening 9:30am-10pm
Station Ostiense / Piramide: At the station 7:30am-8:30pm
Alice Pizza can be shipped home with delivery services like Just Eat or Deliveroo.
Pizza rustica · Piazzale Flaminio
For many years there has been an excellent small oven at Piazzale Flaminio, at the beginning of Via Flaminia, next to the Castroni delicatessen. Here is the typical pizza from the tin with a thin, crunchy dough.
Many Romans come to Pizza Rustica during their lunch break or take the pizza home in the evening. My favorite variety is the white pizza with beef ham and rocket – pizza con bresaola e rughetta.
Pizza Rustica is in Via Flaminia 24, opening hours Monday – Saturday 7am-8:30pm
Pizza rustica · Corso Rinascimento
Neapolitan pizza is available in a fast-food restaurant called Pizza Rustica near Piazza Navona, on Corso del Rinascimento 3. Here you can find good and cheap Neapolitan pizza and other specialties from Naples. Opening hours Monday – Saturday 11:30am-9pm