As much as I adore Roman style pizza, there is a place in Rome that I like going to when I have a hankering for Napoli style pizza.
Some years back, Cart and I visited Naples and we managed to eat from a recommended pizzeria. I find Napoli a very charming place, and as you know, Naples is where pizza was invented and there, I had a very memorable and delicious dinner.
Unlike the Roman styled pizza which is characterised by its thin and crispy crust, the Naples styled pizza has a soft, thick crust at the border but gets thinner towards the middle. It’s been said that a good pizza Napoletana could be folded in four.
It takes about two hours by train to get to Naples from Rome. But for any reason that you can’t manage to get there, there is a place in Rome that serves pretty good Napoli styled pizza, called Rossopomodoro.
There are many Rossopomodoro branches all over Italy. A quick search online, I’m quite surprised that it has different branches in other parts of the world.
The one that we normally go to is the one in Euroma2, a commercial centre that’s not far away from where we live.
While it can get quite crowded during high traffic hours during lunch and dinner, it’s all worth waiting for once you get a table, and bask in the atmosphere.
You could see families, group of friends, businessmen, basically people from all sorts of life here, giving it a cozy vibe.
On your table, there will be a piece of paper printed with different Italian recipes at the back. You could bring it home, and it comes pre-punched for easy filing.
And when going through the menu, it’s nice to see sprinkles of Napoli dialects for some of the names of the food.
Rossopomodoro serves a variety of foods like pasta and grilled meats, but I feel that their pizza is the highlight of the show.
I noticed that the menu changes seasonally, which I appreciate as there are so many wonderful seasonal ingredients. Each pizza is cooked in a wood oven, and comes out fluffy and perfectly cooked.
Each bite is such as joy as the dough is soft and chewy, the toppings taste delicate and the ingredients work well together, never overwhelming the other.
Here are some of the pizze that we had. I don’t quite remember the names but I’d normally ask for a tomato based pizza with mozzarella, while Cart loves pizze with strong cheeses or tartufo. I think it’s quite easy to tell who had what in these pictures 🙂
At about 8 euro a pizza here, Cart and I normally spend about 25 euro in total when dining here. Personally I think it’s always a treat to be here and it’s a pretty close to the real deal to the pizza in Naples.
83, Viale Dell’Oceano Pacifico – 00144 Roma
For fun, I’m going to add this video of a guy who’s crazy about pizza boxes. According to him, this box from Rossopomodoro is the best that he’s come across. Skip to 2.16 onwards.