Isola della Pizza

Price guide: Mid-range

Via degli Scipioni 43-47, Rome, 00192

Price guide: Mid-range

Isola della Pizza

By Lee Marshall, your Rome expert

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#9 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Rome
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.6
4.6
Ambience:
4.8
4.8
Service:
4.4
4.4
Location:
4.5
4.5
Value for money:
4.7
4.7
Recommended for:
Families with teenagers, Relaxation

Best for Families - Expert review of Isola della Pizza

This pizza temple near the Vatican comes with lashings of authentic Roman atmosphere.

In my experience, the Sistine Chapel can bring on a real appetite - especially after that long walk along the papal walls to the entrance of the Vatican Museums, and the endless corridors inside. But salvation is at hand in this ever-reliable neighbourhood pizzeria-restaurant just a brisk five-minute walk away (or a 15-minute exhausted limp). With over 300 covers – around a third of them on pavement tables – you never have to wait very long to be seated.

Food and drink: 

The pizzas (available only in the evenings, as is the tradition in Rome) are the authentic, wood-fired-oven article; but perhaps the best thing about the place are the antipasti (starters) – a seemingly never-ending parade of fried courgette flowers, Parma ham and melon, bruschettas, and other appetisers that tend to fill you up before you’ve started – and indeed, at lunchtime, you may want nothing else. Their other speciality is grilled meat, done on a huge open grill. Unusually for a Roman pizzeria, they have some decent wines by the bottle as well as the standard pizza accompaniment, draught beer.

Ambience: 

Loud, bustling and full of variegated Roman life and colour. As the dodgy English translation on their website says, “Coming to visit us, you will appreciate… the agreeability of a hot and pleasant environment”.

Service: 

Service is brisk but efficient.

Location: 

Best point of reference is Ottaviano metro station. Coming out of here, head south down Via Ottaviano towards Piazza Risorgimento, and take the first on your right (Via degli Scipioni). The restaurant is just down here on the right.

Price advice: 

If you opt for the antipasto spread, followed by pizza and accompanied by draught beer, you’ll spend around 24 euros a head all in. For a full meal with pasta, a main course and a bottle of wine, add at least another 10 euros to that.

More information on Isola della Pizza:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Pizzeria, Restaurant
Food:
Italian, Pizza, Steak, Traditional
Address:
Via degli Scipioni 43-47, Rome, 00192
Telephone:
06 3973 3483
Website:
http://www.isoladellapizza.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Tue, Thu-Sun 12.30-3pm, 7.30pm-midnight. Closed Wednesdays. Closed most of August.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested
Free tags / Keywords:
Al fresco

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