Every time we visit Rome and his family, it has become tradition for us to eat at I Girani da Peppe, a local pizza joint that is close to where Federico’s mother lives. Their pizza is huge, and baked to perfection in a giant clay oven. Run by family, it is a familiar meeting place for kids and parents alike and always fun to visit.
Best Roman Pizza at I Girani Roma:
Mention Rome and most people will automatically mention pizza within the first minute. Along with the other wonderful treasures in the amazing city, pizza, along with pasta is without a doubt one of the most identifiable things about the city by everyone. In the whole world.
Now, I will tell you where to find the most incredible tasting Roman style pizza. You already know that my favourite Napolitano pizza can be found at the Forum near the Colosseum. The taste and the thick crust to me can not be beat. Federico, as a Roman, prefers the thin style of the Roman pizza and having eating at countless pizzerias while growing up in Rome, find that this local pizzeria has awesome ones that deliver on taste, and on price.
I Girani da Peppe: Massive pizzas
My husband had been talking about food for the last few weeks, especially pizza at his favorite pizza joint, I Gerani da Peppe. We always make sure to eat there whenever we visit. We went on our first night . He had deliberately not eaten any lunch, saving himself for this pizza showdown :-) . This place has been there for over 50 years , and is very popular with the locals. It is always packed, and that weekday evening was no exception.
*Update: Six years later, and a few other places tried, he continues to find that this is his favourite pizza place still and we eat here every single time we go back to visit his family. I still prefer the Napoli style, despite liking this a lot, so there you have it.
They have not just pizza, but pasta and lovely appetizers like bruschetta. Most people though , go for the pizza. The pizza is 18 inches! 18!!! A Large Domino pizza is about 12-14 inches by comparison . Even though the traditional Roman pizza is thin, it is still quite a huge thing. I always have high hopes of finishing my pizza every time, but l lose that bet all the time :-( . My husband says it’s because l always load the pizza down with toppings, but l can’t help it, l like my pizza toppings.
If you find yourself in Rome, and want good pizza, head over to this joint. It is not easy to find, and is definitely a locals place. About a 20 minute ride from the Vatican in the Bravetta neighbourhood. You won’t hear any English spoken here. Make sure you have a reservation because it gets wicked crowded.
It seats roughly 150, but like l said, this is one busy pizza joint, and you can never just count on walking in, unless it’s as soon as they open. Not fancy by any means, but if you want to see how the locals eat, this is definitely one of the places to go for the best pizza in Rome (for Roman style pizza).
I Girani da Peppe Address:
Via Della Pisana 192, Roma 00163
+39 06 6615 1944
Are you a pizza lover? Do you think you could finish an 18 inch pizza??? Or are you like me? whose eyes are bigger than the belly, 2-3 slices and l am done !!!