Sometimes luck lands you in just the right place. We stayed just outside Rome’s famed Trastevere neighborhood in Monteverde, a tourist free area along the tram line with numerous restaurants and cafes nearby and delicious gelato right outside our door.
When we arrived, our host directed us to the best local pizza joint, La Gatta Mangiona. It lived up to it’s reputation with chewy, crispy dough that is so hard to come by and the plenty of the charred bits I love. The prices were reasonable, servers helpfully translated when necessary, and the food and wine exquisite. Well worth a trip even if you’re not in the area. My favorite pizza ever.
My sister, Helene, gave me a hot tip about Rome’s food expert Katie Parla. Of course her article about the best pizzas in Rome caught my attention. After dining there, we discovered that La Gatto Mangiona made the cut.
My hot dinner date.
Thanks to the article, we sought out the Forno Campo de’Fiori in the north west corner of the famous plaza. A bakery rather than a restaurant, there were breads, pastries, and cookies in addition to the pizza selection. A few flavors are available at a time and you indicate how much of the precooked pie you want and they cut it and wrap it in wax paper.
The crust is thin and slightly greasy. The topping are minimal but everything they need to be. I loved the plain cheese pizza with a rosemary heavy sauce and bursts of sweet cherry tomato halves. The picture shows our a mini feast perched on the edge of the fountain with cold cans of Perroni.