Where To Find The Best Pizza In Rome
I’ve been to Rome three times since 2016. I kinda love it. Rome and I (or perhaps a Roman and I) have a cute Lil’ thing going on. There’s a lot to love about Rome and Italy in general but one thing that seriously is not that good in the Eternal City—pizza. I know, I know. I shouldn’t say things like this but most of the pizza I’ve had in Rome has been very bland.
Pasta on the other hand - phenomenal. But for some reason, the pizza never quite hits the spot. So this time when I was roaming these Roman streets, I looked up ‘Best Pizza in Rome’ and I’m SO glad I did because I found a slice of heaven on Earth for sure.
Good Gawd. I don’t really know where to start except to say that this is some of the best pizza I’ve ever had in Rome (or maybe on Earth?). For the photos, you might be able to tell that this isn’t traditional Italian pizza like the slices you’ll find in Naples. It’s thick-cut, square and has unusual toppings but that’s what makes it special.
Here’s everything you need to know:
Grab a ticket
Bonci kind of works like a deli. You walk up and take a numbered ticket nearby the entrance. There’s a screen just above the counter with a number tracker. I waited about 10 minutes on a weekday night. I’m guessing it probably gets even busier on weekends.
It’s hard to choose
There are SO many flavors and toppings here so come prepared to make decisions. If you’re an indecisive foodie like me you should get a few slices of different pies. The hard part is if there’s a line you might not be able to see the options until you get a spot closer to the front. Either way, it’s worth the wait.
The slices are priced by weight
Speaking of weight—all the pizza slices here are priced by weight. So if you’re greedy, you’ll pay more. It’s me. I’m greedy. My total came to €29 and it was just me. No regrets here, though.
Bonci is a pizza takeout joint so there’s nowhere to sit. Most people take their slices to go or post up right outside the restaurant as there are a few standing tables available. I plopped my pizza, pasta balls, and beer right on the waiting counter inside and went to town.
Try the pasta balls
The pizza is stellar but whatever you do, don’t leave without trying a pasta ball. I’m not sure if that’s what they’re called but you’ll see them and know immediately what I’m talking about. They’re fried balls and inside there are different fillings. I devoured the spaghetti ball and also really liked the potato and cheese one too. There are 3-4 options to choose from. SO GOOD.
If you’re one for ‘tradition’ then Bonci might not be for you. But I say, screw tradition when modern tastes this good. This is hands down the best pizza in Rome.