I had no idea you guys loved your pizza so much!
When I posted a photo of some pizza I had in Rome. I overwhelmingly got so many comments and “likes” on my facebook page that I decided to write about some interesting foods I have discovered in Rome.
I was making my way to the best gelato in all of Rome, as I turned into the secret hidden entrance, when I was a bit taken aback. What had happened to it? As now I saw a sign for a pizza joint instead and I was heartbroken.
With one big gulp, I peeked my head in to question the pizza guy in my broken Italian, when suddenly, I stopped and stared at the wonderful pizza that was before me. This was no ordinary pizza joint and I could tell that right away.
So I decided to order pizza for take-away, since I was on the look out for gelato. I chose the one with pine nuts, blood oranges, prosciutto, salami, arugula, black olives and Parmesan shaved chunks of cheese.
It was out of this world! There were so many other types to choose from.
Now, don’t freak out about the gelato! The gelateria has moved next door to a new, larger location on the corner of Via dei Coronari and Via di San Simone and now you can even take a gander thru the glass window to see how they put together their flavors and make this delightful concoction (cultural note: Italians don’t eat gelato when it’s cold outside, as this is an American tourist delight during the day, night, rain, wind or snow!)
At Gelateria del Teatro, they produce what I call edible art – mind-boggling gelato flavors made daily from organic local ingredients. Each bite is a Raphael, a Van Gogh, a Renoir. They have flavors ranging from dark chocolate and red wine to rosemary honey lemon and Sicilian almond. The complex inspired flavors are seasonal; a crisp fall day might yield a scoop of creamy chestnut; on a sweltering August afternoon, tangy white peach, for an easy breezy day like I had in late April: Four Chocolate with bits.
The flavors are intensely real, there’s no other way to describe the sensation that washes over the mouth with one tiny green plastic spoonful.
While on a Context Tours Market Walk I took, we ended up at what the docent considered the “best pizza in town, Bonci’s Pizzarium.” I told the docent that I had just been bragging about what incredible pizza I had had the day before, telling her it was from the La Pizzaria del Teatro, when she mentioned to me that it was from the same owner! How I had stumbled upon La Pizzaria del Teatro was only a miracle. Apparently, this world famous pizzaiolo, author and TV personality Gabriele Bonci had opened La Pizzaria del Teatro, just off Via dei Coronari in the former Gelateria del Teatro space and I was lucky enough to try both Pizzarium and La Pizzaria del Teatro in one visit to Rome!
Here are some photos of the pizza from Bonci’s Pizzarium today:
One last thing I wanted to say about the way they “do pizza” was the way they cut it. I loved this idea and would like to see their counterparts doing this in America. They cut it with scissors. That way you can get as much or as little as you like and it is based on weight! What a great concept.
So now you have even more a reason to go to this general area off of the Ponte Saint Angelo Bridge, plus it is my favorite street in all of Rome to take photographs on, so even more to area for you to explore.
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Disclosure: My tour with Context Tours was sponsored by them, but my love of pizza and gelato was inspired by my travels!