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In search of Rome’s best pizza

When I set out on my 2-week trip to Italy, I had one thing on my mind: Italian food. For the first few days in the country, I successfully managed to have pizza and gelato every day. That relatively unhealthy trend continued for several days and culminated with a search for the best pizza in Rome.

In each & every city I visited in Italy I used whatever means necessary to try and find the local favorite spot for a slice of pizza (that’s pizza al taglio). Using Foursquare, Couchsurfing and Twitter I was able to find the best pizzas in Venice and Florence but I was starting to doubt my skills by the time I got to Rome. There were just too many food options.

Thankfully I took the advice of Keane Li and arranged to take a walking tour of Rome’s best restaurants & local food markets. The food & walking tour gave me a great introduction to the food culture in Rome. The tour also provided me with a handy map and guide to Rome which featured some of the tour guides’ favorite places to eat in Rome!

So with a renewed interest in food, I decided to visit one of the top recommended pizzerias in Rome: Formula 1. Maybe it was the name that first got my attention. After all, I’d just seen my very first Formula 1 race a few weeks before.

The Formula 1 pizzeria seems to be a staple of college and university students in Rome. Probably because of its location near one of Rome’s biggest universities and that the pizza is both tasty and cheap! Reviews say it’s not the best pizza in Rome, but my quattro formaggi pizza was one of the best I’ve ever had. Just look at all that delicious cheese!!

I really enjoyed the Formula 1 pizzeria for a few reasons:

  • it was easy to find near the Termini station
  • it was very obviously in a cool, hip area of town
  • it was busy and bustling even late at night
  • it was some of the cheapest pizza I had in Rome
Maybe it’s not the best but with my limited time in the city, it was the best pizza I had in Rome!

And if you’re looking for more tips about the best pizza in Rome, be sure to check out this Rome food blog.

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  1. LeX says:

    Nice one! I will see if I could get there to try it out!

    • Adam says:

      Let me know if you do get to try it Lex – would be curious of someone else’s opinion, too!

  2. Scarlett says:

    I swear my whole mouth filled with saliva when I saw that picture! xx

  3. That looks like a spectacular slice of bianca pizza! (Love the name of the pizzaria.)

    • Adam says:

      Thanks Terry – it was a good one. I don’t normally go for this type of pizza, but was glad I did!

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  5. OH.My.GOSH. yes. i would book a trip to rome just on the basis of that photo!

    • Adam says:

      …and you’d probably never leave because there are a million other amazing restaurants in Rome!

  6. mom says:

    Love the pizza in Italy.

  7. Stephen says:

    Showing up in a city with a mission is always a cool idea and usually puts you in interesting positions and n contact with more people. And what better thing to search out than the best pizza.

    • Adam says:

      I was on a quest to find the best shawarma in the Middle East a few years back. So many of my travels are focused around foods, hah!

  8. Waegook Tom says:

    That cheese looks amazing! Now I know where to head for pizza in room at a decent price. Also, researching these kinds of posts must be hard, right? The things we travel bloggers do sometimes ;)

  9. Jennifer says:

    “Best pizza in Rome” ..or anywhere in Italy, most likely, will always be of interest to hungry travelers! We ate our fill on our own 2-week jaunt last summer too. Thanks for the memories. Perhaps after sampling some of these places’s pizza, travelers can follow up with dessert from one of the best gelato spots in Rome!

  10. I worked in pizza for 8 years before, during and after college, and now I review restaurants as part of my job. So, in the process, I’ve become a bit of a pizza snob. Neapolitan-style pizza is all the rage in Atlanta right now, so I would HAVE to go to Napoli to check it out straight from the course.

  11. That is such a cheesy pizza! University neighborhoods are the best for cheap eats.

  12. That pizza does look amazing, especially to someone who’s been in Asia for eight of the last nine years. Even Rome’s worst pizza would probably top anything various restaurants here have tried to pass off as pizza.

  13. I love the Gado Gado life (been in Indonesia a month so far) but PIZZA in ROME sounds GREAT! YUM! Lisa

  14. Arti says:

    Salivating after going through this post!! Yum!

  15. The best pizza I have ever had ( and I’ve lived in NY my entire life) was in Milan, after a long day of traveling (food always tastes better after long days). I, unfortunately, don’t remember the restaurant, but 11 years later my family still reminisces about that pizza.

  16. Chris says:

    If you go to Barcelona, head to Castelldefels, find Dominos and order the goat’s cheese and caramelised onion one. Only had it once so maybe it was just a good day for the shop but really, Best. Pizza. Ever.!!!

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  22. Andrew says:

    Aloha Adam,

    I wanted to thank you again for submitting your article to the Byteful Travel Blog Carnival. It’s been included in the 15th BT Blog Carnival which was published today.

    So, if you could retweet, stumble, or “Like” the blog carnival, I would really appreciate it. It would also help more people discover your article, too!

    Thanks again. Looking forward to your submissions next time! :)

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