In the rarely frequented neighborhood of Testaccio, I found my new favorite pizzeria. It’s not polished, like Emma or as quick as getting a slice from Pizzerium Bonci, but da Remo's been around since 1976 and has some of the best pizza in Rome that I’ve found.
We headed there on a Friday night and while it’s possible to make reservations, the quick turnover rate means that a table comes up pretty quickly. We started with supplí and a carafe of wine and quickly moved onto personal pizzas. We got a margherita con bufala and a salsiccia. Both pizzas were great, with the perfect ratio of sauce, crust, and cheese. The crust was somewhat chewy, a slight deviation from the crispy Roman classic, but still beautifully thin and manageable for one portion.
The entire atmosphere screams family-run and casual, with paper covering the tables, hearty starters and consistent, fabulous pizza. The waiters were busy, brusque and delightfully Roman. Everyone in the wine cellar-esque dining room was waiting patiently for their pizza, while two pizza makers were hard at work with an assembly line of pizzas to be cooked in their authentic brick oven.
I recommend trying it on an off night (during the week) and taking your time over wine, starters, and a few different pizzas split between the group.
Da Remo is a great option if you're living in or traveling to Rome and can give you a sense of a classic Roman restaurant, outside of the touristy areas. It's neighborhood of Testaccio is well worth a look around, especially if you make time for some of the best pizza in Rome.
Piazza di Santa Maria Liberatrice, 44, Roma