While pizza originated from Naples, I decided that I had to try pizza during my trip to Italy. Looking the best pizza in Rome, one of the frequent contenders is Bonci Pizza. It is described as the “Michelangelo of Dough”, well ok let’s go! The only problem? It is located in a not so touristy area. And that just probably means it is even more delicious…
Based on the map, it looked like it was closest to the Vatican. Apparently food near the Vatican is nothing to write home about (according to other food blogs). If the weather is nice enough, you can even walk to Bonci from the Vatican for lunch. You will not see any amazing touristy sites, but you will get a feel of a different neighborhood in Rome.
They do warm the pizza up in the oven before serving it to you (wait for your number to be called).
It is well worth the walk or side trip. The pizza I had in Italy (excluding Naples. I admit I have not been there yet.) They did create a branch in Chicago recently which I am hoping is just as good.
There is also a small outpost at Roma Termini station. I would not recommend going there as your first “Bonci” experience. I have tried both and feel that the quality at the original site in Rome is higher.
Recommend: Whole-heartedly. (5/5)
What to Order
The restaurant is really not much of a restaurant as it is an eatery. There is a large glass counter displaying colorful squares of pizza. The toppings vary from vegetables to different kinds of meats (and even salmon!). Not much of a menu or a description of each square, so we were left guessing what each topping was. This worked out fine except we did mistake the salmon for prosciutto (an honest mistake as it was mixed with argula!). You point to the piece that you want and they cut it up for with scissors. Pay at the counter and then fend for yourself to try to tackle the few eating spaces inside (mainly counter space). Alternatively, there are multiple folks who seem to eat the pizza outside, or if you are a local, many seem to take it home.
The most beautiful thing about the pizza? The dough was just as delicious as the topping. That says a lot. Light, airy and carb-heavy wonderful dough. The toppings were piled on each square but were fresh and tasted as if they had just thrown each ingredient on before serving. My favorite? The artichoke toppings. Least favorite? The ham one (though generous a portion), it was too heavy and meat-centered for my liking.
Via della Meloria, 43, 00136 Roma RM, Italy
M, Tu, W, Th, F, Sat: 11AM–10PM;
Sun: 12–4PM, 6–10PM