If you’re taking a short break in one of the excellent central Rome hotels, there’s no doubt you’ll be on the lookout for the city’s best food. And what food is most synonymous with Italy? Pizza! There are plenty of places to get a good pizza here, but not all are created equal. Below we make a few recommendations, but there are plenty more. It’s the kind of thing you’ll need to discover for yourself, but this list could give you a head start.
In order to find what has been described as “the best pizza place in Rome”, you’ll need to make the short trek from your chosen central Rome hotels to Sforno. The Neapolitan-style pizzas at Sforno have a wonderful thick crust and a chewy base, perfect to support the abundant toppings. You should start with the fritti – fried starters – such as pecorino cheese and black pepper, suppli’alla gricia, pork jowl and fried rice balls – called sforni, which are a good choice for an appetizer, or first course, consisting of uova plusottorino (white sausage) and spezieresse, a flaky pastry filled with seafood jus. Add the perfect olive oil and you have a meal fit for a king – dinner is a time for romance, filled with sweet delicacies that unite perfectly with the mouth-watering concoctions of freshly made pizzas.
La Gatta Mangiona
From the Consulate-General of Rome you can step into the private gardens of the Mangatari, where you will find yourself in the presence of a man-of-war sculpture in full quarantine, gazing proudly at the entrance to the personal quarters of the Undersecretariat of the Republic of Italy. Across the lawn, more specifically situated at the side of the Tetiaroa mansion, is the restaurant area known as La Gatta Mangiona, with its Mediterranean-style seating, open-air patio, and wine cellar, all complete with foliage. In which case, it would seem logical enough to have dinner at the place known for its ” outstanding ” food.
Il Convivo di Troianai
From the hotel LaAccion and just around the corner opposite the hotel La Pinotta is the restaurant area called Il Convivo di Troianai. The menu is very varied with plenty for discernment on whether to order one of the regularly served accompaniments of food – including ravioli with accompanying crème goneir, sweetbread cookies, lemon Meringue, or tarts, along with your basic pizza selection. If you’re staying in the area around the Villa della Neura, also recommended is the restaurant Il Fornaio, which is just off the main street named after the statue of Queen Decano herself.
If you’re here in Trastavere at the beginning of your transfer time, and are looking for a relatively quiet place to relax and unwind for a few days, then head for the La Tavernaccia. The place isn’t fancy nor is it spacious, but it warms up quite quickly when the sun dips below the horizon. ceilings are hung with Vedado plaster, tiles are in places, and overall it feels quite homely. The food is good here and if you need a quick pasta idea it’s there. The wine list is quite extensive too: almost 30 wines, mostly from theoca, a wine made from an ancient grape variety.
If you’re not staying in Trastavere, then you’ll probably find yourself quite close to the town’s outskirts in La Martella, about 10 kilometres along the scarped coastline that is better known as coastline 2. There are plenty more hotels, bars and restaurants, but only a brief shuttle ride away if you want to do a little something different. The town’s beaches are among those in the world that stay open all year round, but in winter it’s a very quick short stroll to the Heywill Right.
The Heywill Right
The beach at La Martella is home to the Heywill Right. The beach is renowned for its’nearly 300 kilometres of beaches, which means there’s a beach for almost every type of holiday, including families with small children, couples for a romantic weekend, big groups of friends or a fishing trip for the family. Many of the hotels, bars and restaurants also offer use of the sand and the sea in ways that a beach lover can enjoy all day.
The Heywill Right is also a great place to use as a base to explore the many villas and apartments in the area. The vast majority of these are privately owned and can only be reached by boat or plane.