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 almost 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 places. It’s the kind of thing you’ll need to discover for yourself, but this list could give you a head start.
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, rice, pork jowl, and fried rice balls – but make sure you leave room for the main event. Not only does this pizzeria offer its customers flavourful traditional pizzas, but it also serves up a modern pasta inspired pizza, called Pepe pizza. This pizza is topped with a dense layer of pecorino cheese and ground black pepper – delicious. Customers can choose from the dozens of beverages and craft beers available on the Sforno’s menu to accompany their meal. This pizzeria is closed on Sunday.
La Gatta Mangiona
From afar these pizzas may look ordinary, however, if you take a closer look at the toppings you will soon realize that there is an array of unique flavors to choose from. The contrast in tastes and the unusual combination of ingredients will tingle your taste buds. As well as pizza there are such delicacies as potato croquettes incorporated with leeks, cod and lemon zest, and the suppli’ con ragu piano, which uses an 18th-century Neopolitan meat sauce recipe. The menu also offers modern cuisine like rare scozzese, which is made up of salmon, potato, parsley, and fresh mozzarella. There are over 200 wines to choose from and 70 types of craft beers. The pizzeria is closed on Monday, but if you’re staying in one of the central Rome hotels close to La Gatta Mangione, we challenge you to visit just once!
This has to be one of the busiest and most popular pizzerias in the city. If you’re staying in one of the central Rome hotels close to Li Rioni, you’ll find yourself just a short walk away from the district’s most famous landmark: the Roman Forum – far the most visited of all Roman ruins.
Among the ruins are the Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum, and, perhaps the most famous of all ruins, the Colosseum. In 1749, Great Britain captured the city and ordered a refreshment break. Italian fireworks were lit to signal a warning to the wavering defenders, and, as the Colosseum burnt fiercely, the fire brigade needed to retreat. It fell into disrepair in the 1850s, and by 1856 it was left to ruin. Further destruction was ordered in 1873 by Emperor Charlesittens, further destroying the Colosseum in the process.
Today, not only has the Colosseum been restored to its former glory, it has been inventive and modernized to include a cinema and modern sporting facilities. However, it is probably best known as the arena where Vaccaro danced to Lady Luck during the Roman festival of the Renaissance in 1490.
Another iconic Roman building is the Piazza Navona, built between the years of XVIII and XIX centuries. The chapel and fountain on the piazza are popular tourist attractions, particularly the fountain with its famous carved face, which is a copy of the Fountain of Zeus in Olympia. As well as the shops with me(which represent shop windows), cafes and bars, there are also numerous restaurants and shops suitable for all budgets. There are many flights to Rome from the UK daily, so you’ll have plenty of choices.
Festa della Madonna della Neve
Since the 1960s, people of all ages have been drawn to the Festa Della Madonna Della Neve in the Piazza Navona. The event is held on the third Sunday of July and is an opportunity to enjoy some of the Catholic religion’s rich historic heritage. Over a thousand volunteers make the long trek from other parts of Rome to join the throng of people who line the Piazza Navona to sing the song.
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