Best pizza in Rome? This is a question that I, and I’m sure many others, want the answer to when visiting Rome. Online, too many people have too many opinions on what is best, I couldn’t narrow it down to just one place that sells extraordinary pizza. Instead, I gathered a list and decided it was best to eat at a few and discover these places for myself. Our night brought us to Pizzeria da Baffetto just near Piazza Navona. This place has been titled by many as the best for a Roman pizza, which is different to the pizza style of Naples. Roman pizza has a thin, crisp base whilst pizza from Naples has a softer, chewier and thicker base.

You will most likely have to wait for a table, but due to our jet lag we ate dinner early compared to the normal 9/10pm time slot of most Italians and were lucky enough to be seated straight away.

The restaurant fit out is simple and homely, with seats crammed inside and a variety of tables set up outside in the small lane. Our menus look like the collages I used to decorate my exercise books with in primary school, very kitsch.

We start with two simple salads not wanting to ruin our appetites before the carb load.

Con Verdure – Tomato, mozzarella, peppers, eggplant, zucchini.

Funghi, Cipolla e Salsiccia – Tomato, mozzarella, mushrooms, onions, sausage.

Capricciosa -Tomato, mozzarella, mushrooms, artichokes, sausage, egg

Between the five of us we decide on the three pizzas above to share.  The bases are thin and the toppings simple, just the way I like it. The quality of the ingredients and the wood fired oven make all the difference in this situation, something that a lot of Sydney pizzerias lack. Generally you would order a whole pizza to yourself, but after copious amounts of eating earlier that day, neither of us felt that we could stomach a whole one. Instead we share them around and try the various toppings. My favourite is definitely the Con Verdure, I like the simple things in life and this vegetarian pizza is one of them.

If you’re reading this and thinking, man I feel like a good pizza but I’m nowhere near Rome, here are my favourite pizzerias in Sydney: Via Napoli in Lane Cove, Lucio’s in Darlinghurst and Pizza Mario in Surry Hills. Visit either of these and I assure you, you’ll be very happy. Mind you, they all serve pizza Neapolitan style….I think I know which I prefer ;).

Pizzeria da Baffetto 

114, Via del Governo vecchio, Rome

Ph: +39 066 861 617

Web: http://www.pizzeriabaffetto.it/

Ciao for now amici, be sure to visit this place if you find yourself in the historical district of Rome. It is the perfect retreat to refuel and relax before more sightseeing OR forget about the sightseeing and just take your time to drink some wine, eat rounds and rounds of food (there is more then salad and pizza on the menu & I hear they do a really good Tiramisu) and sneakily watch the world go by from your outside table advantage xxx