Dar Poeta

Price guide: Budget

Vicolo del Bologna 45, Rome, 00153

Price guide: Budget

Dar Poeta

By Lee Marshall, your Rome expert

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#25 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Rome
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Food and drink:
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Ambience:
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Service:
4.4
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Location:
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Value for money:
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Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Seasoned travellers, Relaxation

Expert review of Dar Poeta

Pizza fans will enjoy the slow-rise pies served up in this friendly Trastevere institution.

When it opened in the 1990s this was one of the first Roman sit-down (as opposed to takeaway) pizzerias to apply a revolutionary new method involving organic flours and low-temperature, slow-rise leavening of the dough – which makes for a fluffier, healthier and more digestible pizza. It’s no longer alone in its field, but with its great location in a secluded Trastevere lane and its friendly ambience, Dar Poeta is still one of the best places to head for if you’re bored with the standard thin and crusty Roman pizza.

Food and drink: 

They do all the classic pizza toppings, plus creative variants like mozzzarella, cherry tomatoes, potatoes and pesto. And if you’re not all carbed out by dessert time, why not try a ricotta and Nutella calzone (a sort of Cornish pasty made from a pizza folded in half)? There are a few salads too. Beer is the default accompaniment for pizza in Italy, but if you prefer wine, the red or white house wine here is above average.

Ambience: 

The red and white checked tablecloths and rustic exposed bricks of the interior set the tone – but the clientele is livelier than this might suggest, consisting of young groups of friends from all over Rome (and further afield) rather than old trasteverini residents. The 10 or so outside tables are much sought after in summer. You can book them – but be punctual, as demand is high and they won’t hold them for long.

Service: 

Young, efficient and friendly.

Location: 

It’s in a tiny, picturesque lane a couple of blocks north of Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere.

Price advice: 

Allow 15 euros a head for a bruschetta, pizza and a birra media (medium draught beer).

More information on Dar Poeta:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Pizzeria
Food:
Pizza
Address:
Vicolo del Bologna 45, Rome, 00153
Telephone:
06 588 0516
Website:
http://www.darpoeta.com
Serves:
Dinner
Opening times:
Daily 7.30pm-midnight.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not possible
Free tags / Keywords:
Al fresco

Have you been to Dar Poeta? Would you recommended it?

Community comments (1)

You need a map to find this place, and you'll need to be hungry if you plan to tackle the dessert pizza after a giant savoury pizza. I'm glad we were starving. And a walk up the Gianicolo afterwards should burn off some of the calories.

Though my partner's first pizza landed on the floor before making it to his plate, the staff were pleasant and friendly and put things right quickly.