Although the Italian pizza is thought to originate from Naples, each region in Italy has its own take on this iconic dish. In Rome, pizzas typically have a light and crunchy base that is considered more digestible than the American deep pan.
While the Neapolitan pizza from Naples has already been embraced by Americans looking for an authentic taste of Italy at home, the Roman pizza is becoming more popular in American pizzerias.
About Roman Pizza
The Roman pizza dough is prepared slightly differently to the Neapolitan pizza dough, and typically has a slow leavening process. This leads to a crunchy base that is thinner and lighter on the stomach.
In addition, while the Neapolitan pizza is usually cooked in a wood-fired oven, a Roman pizza is baked in a pizza pan in a normal oven. In Rome, it is typically also served in this pizza pan, and many American pizzerias are offering Roman pizza in the pan for an authentic experience and also for ease of service.
Roman pizzas also tend to offer simple toppings, relying on high-quality ingredients instead of gourmet diversity, and one of the classic combinations is buffalo mozzarella, tomato and basil.
While some of the best Roman pizzerias in America are led by an Italian pizzaiolo, American chefs, such as Nicholas Anderer, the head chef at Maialino and the mastermind behind the Marta and Martina New York pizzerias, have focused their attention on thin-crust pizzas, moving away from deep pan bases to offer lighter and more digestible dishes.
Where to Find Roman Pizza in the US
If you’re desperate to sample a taste of Rome at home, here are some of our favorite pizzerias in the US that serve quality Roman pizza.
Marta, The Redbury Hotel, 29 E 29th St, New York
Martina, 198 E 11th St, New York
Farinella Italian Bakery, 788 Lexington Ave, New York
Mani in Pasta, 14 E 37th St, New York AND 245 E 14th St, New York
Bonci Pizzeria, 61 N Sangamon St, Chicago
Pizzarium Downtown, 69 E Flagler St, Miami
Rione Pizzeria, 102 S 21st St, Philadelphia (offers 16 varieties of Roman pizza, served by the slice)
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