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Best Pizzas in Rome

Kids love it. And you can never go wrong with pizza. Experts assert that the best pizzas are those crafted in the 200° dome cupolas of wood-fired ovens, employing well-leavened dough made with top quality ingredients and possibly water hailing from Naples. But that may be asking too much, especially if you’re not planning to visit Napoli with the toddlers in tow. Some of the best pizzas on the planet are indeed baked in the city of Naples, but a close match for equally tasty pies can be found in Rome. Where? Here is a list of child-friendly places for some of the best pizzas in Rome.


One of the city’s best places to find excellent Napoli-style pizzas is pizzeria La Gatta Mangiona, in Monteverde, where the dough for the base is made with organic flous, natural starters and left to rise a minimum of 72 hours. This makes them light on the digestive system and tasty on the lips. La Gatta Mangiona is known for its gourmet pies, like the bizarre yet very tasty “fumo verde” added with smoked bufala, sauteed zucchini and smoked speck; or the Scottish, made with potatoes, Scottish salmon, pistachios and scallion; or the unique “Gallurese,” topped with tomato, Fiordilatte cheese, spicy pepperoni, Greek olives and aged Pecorino. ~ Via Federico Ozanam, 30 – Tel. +39 06 5346702


Same goes for co-owned pizzeria Sforno in the Tuscolano neighborhood, whose gourmet pie listing includes a “Cacio e Pepe pizza” which like the pasta dish is topped with pecorino a cracked black pepper; there’s also the “Greenwich pizza” that comes topped with Blue Stilton cheese and a sweet Port wine reduction. Grownups may enjoy the “Testarossa” made with soppressata (sausage made primarily from leftover pork cuttings–cartilage, snippets of meat, and so on), mozzarella flavored with Campari and potatoes; or the pizza “Iblea” that comes garnished with sweet bell peppers, and aged Sicilian Ragusano cheese. ~ Via Statilio Ottato, 114 – Tel. +39 06 71546118


Another great expression of traditional Neapolitan pizza-making in Rome can be experienced at pizzeria Tonda, in Montesacro. The dome shaped and wood-fired oven is hand crafted by master pizza oven-maker Stefano Ferrara, a name whose fame has traveled across borders. ~ Via Valle Corteno 31 – Tel. +39 06 8180960


The name is a guarantee in itself: 96 hours. This is how long the pizza dough is left to rise after careful kneading and before a quick pop in a wood-fired oven. Top quality ingredients and toppings make pizzeria 96 Ore near the Vatican and Castel Sant’Angelo, a go-to for well loved Napoli-style pies. Pre-dinner musts include fried veggies, rice balls, croquettes, stuffed olives, zucchini blossoms, which come served in a paper cone called “cuoppo” of which kids are huge fans. ~ Via della Giuliana 31 – Tel. +39 06 39726218


In the Parioli neighborhood, great pizzas can be found in the child-friendly pizzeria La Pariolina, where patrons are welcomed by heaps of homemade chips and coloring books, before orders are placed. Besides the excellent pizzas, the menu offers delicious daily specials, pasta dishes, meat and poultry (don’t miss the grilled chicken steak!) and assorted delicacies, like burrata with semi-dried tomatoes, cod and potato croquettes and all manner of craft beers and natural wines for mom and dad. ~ Viale dei Parioli, 93 – Tel. +39 06 8086002


Looking for a place that serves quick pizzas at lunch, on your way to visiting the Explora Museum, the mighty Colosseum, or catching an animated movie at Cinema dei Piccoli? Here’s a place for you. No seating here, you nudge your way to the front of the counter and are dazzled with the variety of choices, to be eaten at small shelves, or outside, leaning on someone’s vespa. Gianni and his well-oiled team of bakers shell out pinsa (an oval shaped medium sized pizza) with expert timing to satisfy the long snaking line that crowds lunch hour at pizzeria Pinsere, near Termini. Toppings vary according to season, but there’s always a wide selection of vegetarian options, soups in winter and all manner of salads, couscous and pasta salads year round. ~ Via Flavia 98 – Tel. +39 06 42020924


If you still don’t know about Trapizzini you might want to remedy that, asap. Head over to pizzeria 00100 in Testaccio, or the newly opened branch in Ponte Milvio and prepare for family ecstasy. Trapizzini are triangular pockets of baked pizza dough, which come stuffed with cucina Romana specialties, like braised oxtail, meatballs with tomato sauce, chicken cacciatore or with bell peppers, cuttlefish & peas, “picchiapò” (boiled meat which is slowly braised with herbs and tomato), or even tripe, tongue with green sauce, “garofolato” (meat sauce with cloves), “coratella” (lamb offal) with artichokes. There’s also pizzas sold by the slice, and a handsome selection of gourmet supplì (fried rice balls), my 8 year-old and I personally favor the ‘Frascati and Porchetta,’ or the saffron ones studded with prawns, mint and butternut squash, or the wildly tasty Amatriciana supplì. A definite must. ~ Via Giovanni Branca 88 – Tel +39 06 43419624 || Trapizzino ~ Piazza Ponte Milvio, 13 – Tel. +39 06 33221964

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Best Child-friendly Food in Rome

Looking for child-friendly foods, fun restaurants, and affordable prices in Rome where eyebrows will never rise when you walk in with the kids? Let’s start with these few:

Hostaria Buccilli This is a typical trattoria in a countryside setting, located in the Northern suburbs. The food is homey and the welcoming family ambiance do the rest. But Buccilli’s kiddy plus is the spacious garden, where soccer and scampering are strongly encouraged while parents enjoy their lunch under the shady pergola or the sunlit veranda. In the colder months, book a table in the smaller room by the huge fireplace barbecue. Plenty of highchairs, pillows and friendly waiters. Luigi speaks English and French.
Via dei Due Ponti, 48 | Tel. 06 3340048 | Closed Monday

Agustarello Try your kids’ courage (and yours too) by at least once during your stay in Rome, trying the city’s typical offal cuisine. Steps away from the old Roman slaughterhouse, Agustarello is one of Testaccio’s most wonderful informal dining establishments, serving up the best offal in town. Honest, down to earth and affordable. The food? Fantastic, homemade and hearty. Coda alla vaccinara (stewed oxtail), Trippa (tripe), Animelle e Muscoletti (a “salad” made with nerves and other meat cuttings), Fagioli con le Cotiche (beans and pork cracklings), Pajata (a peculiar dish made with suckling lamb’s intestines… I’ve never had the guts–no pun intended–to try it). There are of course other non-organ items on the menu, plus the usual homemade desserts like caramel custard or the awesome Crostata di Visciole, a wild cherry tartlet to die for. In summer, kids can play tag in the spacious concrete back yard.
Via Giovanni Branca, 98/100 | Tel. +39 06 5746585 | Closed on Sunday and Monday at lunch

Lucia | Lovely typical family run Trastevere osteria where kids are welcome to roam around the tables and are treated like royalty by the friendly staff. The food is homemade local, traditional and very healthy, no junk food or children’s menu. The sauce is made from garden tomatoes, the meat carefully picked at the market that same morning, the vegetables jump at you with freshness. Kids love it here, because between mouthfuls they can stare at newspaper clippings, kinck knacks, family pictures, and lots of ancient kitchen implements hung on the walls. Leave room for dessert and don’t miss Lucia’s homemade tiramisu or the panna cotta with fresh fruit. Vicolo del Mattonato, 2b | Tel. +39 06 580 3601 | Closed Monday.

Molto There’s plenty of stroller space in this quiet Parioli restaurant featuring seafood and pasta dishes you can enjoy on a garden-enclosed wooden deck. Kids under six get a discount on the impressive Sunday brunch menu, priced at €20 instead of €35.
Viale Parioli, 122 | Tel. 06 8082900 | Open daily

Cul de Sac Long and narrow like a train caboose and serving small tasty portions and sampler platters, this famous wine bar with outside seating in summer, accommodates even the fussiest mini-gourmands. You can’t go wrong with a ball of mozzarella and thinly sliced prosciutto, or the many creative vegetable dishes, hearty soups or commendable house baba ghanoush. Meanwhile, grown-ups can sip well-deserved glasses of local Lazio wines.
Piazza Pasquino, 73 | Tel. 06 68801094 | Open daily, lunch and dinner

Forno Campo de’ Fiori The pizza bianca sold by weight at the Forno Campo de Fiori is among the best in town, and all of the breads and pastries sold here are excellent too. Small children are always given a complimentary slice of pizza to chew on as soon as parents walk through the door to make the wait in line tastier. Customers can watch the bakers in action through big glass windows, and then browse the market, or sit on the marble rim of a fountain or a bench and take in all the colors, aromas and sounds. The Forno’s second location next door sells sandwiches already made for takeaway, excellent place for picnic-shopping. Campo De’ Fiori, 22 | Tel. +39 06 6880 6662 |

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Gelateria del Teatro Located on Via dei Coronari this wonderful gelateria has recently expanded and doubled its offer (there’s a branch on Lungotevere, near Via Arenula) but the quality of its fabulous gelatos remains unaltered.



Fatamorgana | Dark chocolate-wasabi gelato is only one of the mouth-watering flavors packed in the non-ending display case. Fatamorgana’s dedication to producing ice cream from scratch using exclusively fresh, seasonal ingredients and gluten-free products enhances the quality of its bold flavors, like the bizarre gorgonzola and pears, or confections inspired by Sardinian seadas (fried pastries filled with halloumi-type cheese, then drizzled with chestnut honey); almond-cardamom, white chocolate, poppy seed, and pine nuts. Via Lago di Lesina, 9 | Via Ostiense, 36E | Via G. Bettolo, 7

Pascucci | Despite the 75 birthday candles, at Pascucci’s–Roman milkshake shrine par excellence–the blenders of the newly remodeled shop still pour gallons of refreshing combos like those made with tropical fruits and organic milk from grass-fed cows; the walnut & avocado special, or the Amalfi, a chilled delight made with, among other fresh ingredients, local Amalfi organic lemons. Via di Torre Argentina, 20

Pica | Alfredo Pica–Signor Gelato himself–according to many, makes Rome’s best. Among the old-fashioned constants, shining brightly is a noteworthy pistachio, and–a Pica original–riso alla cannella, which is a frozen, crunchy, cinnamon-laced rice pudding. All the sorbets are made from nothing but fruit and sugar. On any given day, small batches of unusual flavors can include fragrant, bright-pink rosa, made from candied rose petals; egg-based custard with fragoline di bosco, tiny wild strawberries; and the indescribable manna, a heavenly sweet tree resin of biblical fame. Via Della Seggiola, 12



My son and I are loyal to Oxilia, (in Via Nino Oxilia, 8–Parioli) our neighborhood gelato pusher, an Argentine who will pass us vats of bootleg Dulce de Leche under the counter, or phone me (PHONE ME, I said) when the fresh melon cremolato is ready to be scooped on wafer cones…

Rome City Guide for Kids: a local mommy’s tips

Vacation with kids in a foreign country spells ‘horror’ to you?

Can’t see the fun in traveling with tots in the Eternal City?

Scared of touring major sites with infants?

Expat families living in Rome looking for help?

Look no further. The new insider’s Rome City Guide for Kids is here!
Welcome! Here you will find all the information, tips and ideas to get you around Rome stress-free with children ages 0 to 12.

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This site provides all the necessary tools for a fun, educating and enjoyable stay in Rome for the entire family. Categories include: indexed lists of city museums, restaurants and playgrounds; babysitter services, medical support, recommended English-speaking pediatricians, emergency hospitals and pharmacies open at night; music, cinema and theater for children; bookstores, zoos and sports facilities; bike rentals, libraries, party venues and more!! Plus, featured articles, destination pieces, original ideas, tips, tricks and trivia to get you and your children around town like a true Roman.

All you and your children need in the Eternal City is now just a mouse-click away.



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