Since starting on my training, I keep thinking of rich food like meats and cakes. I had the most intense craving for pizza yesterday, so I guess I’ll blog about it for today 🙂
In Italy, you could have your pizza in two ways – ‘ala tonda’, which is a round, typically personal pizza or ‘al taglio’ where you could choose from a variety of pizze on display and have it cut and weighed.
One of my favourite pizza al taglio in Rome is Pizza al taglio di Fattori Eligio.
Located in Monteverde, this pizzeria is small and unassuming and can be easy to miss in this quiet neighbourhood.
Nevertheless, as soon as you enter the small establishment, your eyes will immediately gravitate to the myriad of colour, as you breathe in the inviting smell of freshly made pizza.
I’ve loved this place ever since Cart first took me here back in 2009. Not much has changed since.
When you first step in, you’d be greeted by a cute female server, and as soon as you’ve made your choice, just point them out to her and let her know how much or how little of it you want. She will then weigh the pizza and you will be charged accordingly. Usually it costs less than 20 euro for the both of us.
Looking around, you’ll see a lot of pictures on the wall, some of them being shots from a national pizza competition where Eligio Fattori emerged as champion.
As you wait for your pizza to warm up, you might want to eat some of their fritte like arrancini – fried rice balls covered with breadcrumbs.
What I love about pizza al taglio is that you could try different varieties at one go. When your pizza is hot and ready, it will be charmingly served on a wooden board.
The pizza at Eligio has a Roman styled crust, meaning that it is thin but soft without it being overly crunchy, due to the dough being left to rise for more than two days.
I love the choice of toppings here, some of them you might not find at other pizzeria.
These are some of my favourites :
Sun dried tomato (On the left)
Caramelised onion (in the foreground)
Ripiene di radicchio, gorgonzola e miele and Pomodorini e pesto next to it.
The one with parsley is hot which made me an instant fan.
Here is one with roasted bell pepper.
There was a time when they did a strawberry dessert pizza with fresh cheese, some years back. I liked it a lot and it was so popular that it got sold out quickly. The last time I saw it was in January 2010 though, so I don’t know why they stopped making it.
Sometimes if you’re lucky, you might meet Eligio himself. He is easy to talk to. Even if you’ve never met him before, he’d talk to you as if you were friends. He is friendly and chatty and yet still humble, despite his thriving pizzeria.
I adore the pizza here and Cart and I try to visit as much as we can. In fact, we’ve been bringing our visiting friends to try this place whenever possible so that they could have a lovely piece of Rome to remember them by.
Pizza al Taglio di Fattori Eligio
Viale Villa Pamphili, 46A, 00152 Rome, Italy