Looking for the best pizza in Trastevere?
Find out the one thing that makes pizza great, and then you'll know where to go when you are in this charming neighborhood across the Tiber.
There are plenty of places to grab some pizza by the slice all over Rome, and certainly in Trastevere. And there are quite a few options for round pizza, the kind we eat with a knife and fork (yep!)
Let's explore where to go in Trastevere for the best pizza, whether by the slice or round.
On this page, you'll find:
First of all, let's talk about how to define "best", because this is subjective of course.
In Rome, when we talk about the best pizza, the main thing we look for is the lightness of the crust. And by lightness, I mean "digestiveness" (is that a word?)
Romans often refer to food, especially to pizza, as being easy to digest versus not easy to digest. (Trust me, you can have hours-long discussions on food digestion with a Roman.)
When the pizza does not sit like a dough ball in your stomach after you eat it - that's good pizza. So always look for pizza that has been described as "digestible" or has had the dough rise at least 48 hours if not 72 hours.
Here are some of the best Trastevere restaurants where you can get superb pizza:
La Renella is a bakery making fresh hot pizza by the slice. You can even go towards the back to inspect what's coming out of the oven next.
You will find some other items things here, like sandwiches and sweet baked goods, but the real star is the pizza.
There is everything from the simplest of snacks - plain pizza (focaccia) or pizza with just slathering of tomato sauce, to topped pizza to stuffed pizza. It is all superb and extremely digestible (trust me!)
Point to the ones you want, and they will weigh them, heat them (if you want), and serve them to you on a tray that you can take to the counter to eat. Of course you can also get it to go.
Here you will find a pizza dough made with a blend of four flours, and that has been left to rise 100 hours. Yes, 100 hours. That is some seriously digestible pizza dough.
But in the case of Casa Manco, you are also going to want to judge this pizza by the toppings, which are always fresh and always seasonal.
This really is some of the best pizza in Trastevere.
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Trapizzino does not fall into any particular category on this page but it's closest to pizza by the slice even if it is not that at all.
This delectable invention by Stefano Callegari, pizzaiolo extraordinaire, is basically pizza dough formed into a stuffable pocket.
It's then filled with scrumptious, juicy ingredients such as meatballs in tomato sauce, burrata and anchovies, chicken cacciatora, eggplant parmigiana, and more. The fillings are always "saucy" so they can seep into the dough.
The outside of the pocket is crispy, not quite like regular pizza is crispy, but crispy and crunchy, while the inside dough is soft and light, and full of whatever stuffing has soaked into it. It is heaven in a pocket.
If you are looking for super simple, super local pizza and /or supplì (fried riceballs we often eat with pizza in Rome), don't blink or you will miss one of the best spots for this kind of pizza in Trastevere.
It's a tiny hole in the wall, and easy to walk right past, but you are also likely to find a line out the door so that is your clue.
Whether you go for the delectable supplì or the piping hot pizza that keeps coming out of the ovens, your taste buds will thank you.
Dar Poeta is one of the Trastevere restaurants on many guidebooks' and blog lists. There is a reason. And there is a reason you will almost always see a huge crowd standing outside waiting their turn.
The place is not that special in terms of ambiance or decor. In fact, it's hectic and crowded.
You will not spend time lingering over a leisurely dinner here.
But you will enjoy a perfect thin, crispy, slightly burnt-on-the-bottom Roman pizza.
L'Elementare is named for that simplest of pizzas, Roman-style. It refers to the "elemental" basics for Roman pizza, old-school.
The creation of renowned pizzaiolo Mirko Rizzo, L'Elementare is one of the spots for best pizza in Trastevere if you are looking that the thinnest, crunchiest of crusts.
His pizzas use high quality, unrefined flours from Le Marche, very little yeast, and they rise for 24 hours.
You can't go wrong getting any pizza here but you should absolutely not skip the fried appetizers, especially the "supplì" made of cacio e pepe spaghetti!
Pizzeria Ai Marmi (actually called "L'Obitorio") is THE quintessential pizzeria in Trastevere.
You cannot reserve here. Just show up and wait like everyone else.
The turnover is fairly quick, which also means you will eat fairly quickly yourself. It's all part of the experience.
Just come for the excellent, thin Roman-style pizza, the delicious supplì (rice balls), and crispy fried baccalà (salt cod in batter).
One of the most quintessential pizzerias in Trastevere is an oldie but a goodie, Ivo.
Sadly, Ivo himself passed away just a few years ago, but the quality remains the same.
Ivo has been a Trastevere institution since the 60's when Ivo and his wife first opened their locale, which was actually a pasticceria at first.
Ivo is an excellent choice for that super-thin crispy Roman-style crust. It's also a winner when others in your party want something besides pizza. Here you will find a few classic Roman dishes as well.
And last but not least, go for the fritti, the fried appetizers, all homemade.
Proloco Trastevere is more than a pizzeria, it's a wonderful experience for savoring quality products from Lazio (the region of Italy that Rome is in.)
Besides pizza, you can also have cold cuts, pasta, Roman meaty dishes, and plenty of veggies.
(Although when you get that cold cut dish, you will also get some pizza bianca to go with. It's perfectly burnt, salty, and drizzled with olive oil. Delicious all by itself!)
But if you do go for the pizza, beware. It's seriously addictive.
Seu Pizza Illuminati is one of the hottest new (ish) pizza places in Trastevere if not all of Rome.
While not in Trastevere proper, I am including them here because they are pretty close to Trastevere, and because it's such a popular spot.
To be honest, this is not my favorite place for pizza in Rome or in Trastevere (nor is it Alessandro's, but he only likes Roman-style i.e. thin crust pizza.)
But as I say, many of my friends love it.
Also, beware that they do this thing where you have to book a time frame with an ending time. That is very un-Roman and a practice that keeps me away.
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