A no-frills pizzeria serving the traditional pinsa, La Pratolina has been a local institution since first opening in 2001. Located in Prati near the Vatican, the stripped-back interior perfectly complements the cooking style and the chequered tablecloths complete the rustic scene. The dough, made with a locally-sourced, OGM-free mix of flours and sourdough, is slowly leavened to ensure a crunchy base. Toppings include regional products such as speck from Alto Adige, parmigiano Reggiano cheese from Emilia Romagna, buffalo mozzarella from Campania and 'nduja spicy sausage from Calabria. Open only for dinner, although not usually crowded by tourists, this is a local favourite, so booking in advance is highly recommended.
In truth, asking where to eat the best pizza in Rome is a potentially dangerous game. Pizza is serious stuff, and any hint at a preference for pies from the south might land you in hot water. The historic rivalry between the Neapolitan and Roman versions of pizza is where the discussion heats up here, and it all comes down to the dough. In Naples, pizza is all about that soft, thin dough, whereas Rome celebrates a crispier dough. This is all very important, of course, but do you know what is more important? The fact that it all happens to be delicious.
Rome is packed with pizzerias that offer up this famous dish in an array of different forms. You can get the stuff al taglio (by the slice), tonda (round, by the pie) or even pinsa, an oval-shaped pizza pie that may well transcend the art to gorgeous new heights. Pizza (in its many forms) is ubiquitous in these parts, and finding the best places to eat pizza in Rome is a vital part of enjoying this most famous of cities.
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