Zero Pizza is a recently relaunched and refurbished pizzeria in the Re di Roma district of Rome, which slots perfectly into the gap between sit-down pizzerias and fast food pizzerias where you grab a slice or a square to go.

At first glance, it’s a rather chic pizza al taglio (pizza by the slice) joint, with trays of tempting pizzas in the front of the restaurant. These take their cue from seasonal ingredients, and mix classic pizzas like Margherita and pizza with ham and cheese with more exotic combinations, from porcini mushrooms to pumpkin.

The prices are competitive for the quality, and the toppings are generous, combined with bases that hit the spot between crunchy and chewy.

But Zero Pizza is more than your regular local fast food pizzeria. It has a lovely dining room in the back, so you can also treat it like a restaurant. Clean, modern fittings and cute touches encourage you to stay a while.

The sides are also well worth ordering – including gooey suppli rice balls, which have a range of flavours and include Amatriciana variants. Delicious!

For those of you who have refined tastes, you’ll be pleased to hear that this gourmet pizza al taglio also serves a range of craft beers and artisan soft drinks, so you don’t need to compromise on taste. (The classics are there too, but the choice is great).

If you do decide to make a night of it, Zero Pizza will happily prepare a typical round pizza for you as well, for the traditionalists. But as far as I’m concerned, the fun lies in trying a few different pizza slices with friends and exploring new flavours. And the cool part is that you don’t need to reserve a table.


Testaccina was a guest of Zero Pizza

Piazza Re di Roma, 57 | 00144 | Rome | Tel +39 06 9209 8554

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